Heart & Spirit Goals for 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

I think that a lot of the time, when we start to neglect self-care, nourishing our spirit is the first thing to go. It's so important to do things that are good for the soul, but it's so easy to forget to do so. With that in mind, these are some of the ways I think that I can work on caring for my heart and spirit.

Daily Yoga or Meditation

I love yoga, and I always feel better when I do yoga, but it's been awhile since I've done it. I tend to use my kids as an excuse, but I know that plenty of mothers still make time for yoga and/or exercise. I always like the idea of getting up early to do yoga, but getting up early is practically impossible for me most days. On the plus side, I am doing a lot better about actually getting sleep (my therapist and I once ended up spending an entire session discussing my insomnia), but even with extra sleep, I'm still just too tired to get up early in the mornings. I'd like to eventually get to that point though. I've set a goal to start daily yoga by Monday the 15th.

Daily Bible Time

I'm not going to lie, I've really been slacking in this area for the past few years. I think it would be beneficial for me, and I want to start by this Friday.

Do Something Nice for Myself Every Day

It doesn't have to be anything big, but I do think that I might feel better (and feel like I'm taking better care of myself) if I make sure I'm doing something to treat myself kindly every day. My relationship with myself is...not great. I'm hoping this can help. I want to accomplish this by this Friday as well.

Gain Self-Confidence

I gave myself to the end of the year to accomplish this, because honestly, I have no clue how to go about doing it. Self-confidence is clearly not my forte. This is the goal I think will be the hardest to accomplish, but I'm trying to remain optimistic. Any tips or advice are VERY welcome.

How are you nourishing your soul this year?

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  1. Jessica Goffinet GoekenJanuary 11, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    I think the best advice I've ever gotten on being self-condident is "fake it 'till you make it". Acting like you already have that confidence will slowly make you believe it. I don't in what particular areas you're struggling, but here are some basic tips. Use good posture, walk tall with your head up, enter a room like a badass. When talking to people, look them in the eye, don't figet, be fully engaged in the conversation. When things arise, your first thought should be "I got this". Even if you don't believe it, just saying the words is powerful. Then go do it. I used to be a timid, introverted little mouse. Going to the Academy changed that. I can't pinpoint why, but I think it was the general atmosphere. I was used to being the smartest person in a room, and that's very isolating. Finding so many more people just like me was a huge confidence boost, and I slowly began to crawl out of my shell. So, try new things. Even if they don't work out, the simple act will help. And if they do? Then it's one more achievement under your belt, and one more thing for you to feel confident in. I think I'm rambling, but I hope something in here helps.

    1. See, I feel like I've become the total opposite of who I was at the Academy, but in a bad way. I've become pretty shy as I've gotten older, and I feel like I suck at pretty much everything. I think I liked myself a lot more when I was sixteen.



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