I love the start of a new year!
It just feels like the world is open to fresh opportunities and a brand new start!
I'm not all that big on new year's resolutions. I think you can commit to changing your life at any given moment. But I do think we just naturally think about our dreams and wishes at the beginning of a new year. And being healthy and well is probably at the top of almost everyone's wish list. Over the last few years, I have found that regular exercise is an important part of my life. It not only makes me feel better physically, but it gives me a more positive attitude about all aspects of my life. And it really comes in handy when you carry furniture around!
I do better with structure and a regular schedule, so I belong to a gym and take a variety of group classes. Class times are written on my calendar and are considered appointments not to be missed. At least that's how it was before I started blogging and painting furniture on a daily basis. In the last few months, I have sometimes struggled with finding time to do it all. Sometimes, there just aren't enough hours in the day. But I'm starting the year with health and fitness back at the top of my priority list! I think it will be Ok if I get a few less blog posts written or a few less pieces of furniture painted.
So this morning, I put on my favorite t-shirt, you know the one that fits just right and makes you feel good as soon as you put it on. Plus whoever came up with this slogan for Nike was a genius!
Then I grabbed my favorite pair of shoes and made it to my weights class on time!
And yes, those weights felt especially heavy today, but that was to be expected. I'm tired, but exhilarated! A brand new year has begun. Can't wait to see where it takes us!
Now, about all you lovely followers! Wow, you just blew me away in the month of December! I so appreciate each and every one of you who took the time during the busy holiday season to stop by and say hello. I have learned from you, been inspired by you and all of us here at Elizabeth & Co. have been encouraged by you!
So, it's definitely time for a giveaway! Just leave me a comment now through Sunday, January 9th and I'll send you this yoga mat! I'll announce a winner on Monday, January 10th. Any comment at all is fine. If you'd like to share your thoughts on the new year, great. And no, you don't have to use the mat for yoga, although I highly recommend you give yoga a try! Just plop it down on the floor and spend a few minutes stretching, excercising or even meditating. Take a nap if you need one. Sleep is important for good health too!
Surprised? Yup, me too! I actually had something entirely different in mind, but at at the gym this morning it occured to me that I had an opportunity to encourage you to make your own health and fitness a top priority this year. That may mean something entirely different for each one of you. Maybe you just need to take more walks with a friend or ride a bike around the block with your kids. Some of you may want to take a class or train for a marathon. Whatever it is you need to do, it is within your power. You have a choice. I promise you, it will make every aspect of your life better!
And if there are any guy followers out there who would prefer a different color, I can take care of that, so you can leave me a comment too! But I picked this color for a reason, not just because it matches my favorite shirt. Can you guess what it is? Here's a hint - It does have to do with painting furniture, which is really what this blog is about!
So, leave me a comment, then get out there and just do it!
Wishing you a strong and healthy 2011!