ringing in 2017

Spending this New Year’s Eve, not drinking for once in a very long time. Seriously, I can’t remember the last time I was sober for New Years. But instead, I am reflecting on the last year… sober. I’ve made dramatic changes to my lifestyle, my body, my geographic location, and mindset. Change is inevitable and instead of fearing it, I chose to accept it and move forward. 

This year has been very different compared to others:

  •  I stopped drinking because I knew it made me foggy, unhappy and didn’t help me achieve anything in correlation to my goals. I grew up in a small town where drinking was a form of socialization, and was basically the only thing to do. 
  • I have completely changed the way I look at money and material. I have taken a minimalistic approach, and I am really loving it. I have saved a lot of money. From not drinking, to not buying clothing for the year, slowly selling off all my material matters that are just there taking up space, and finally, to budgeting for future expenses and travels. This has been key. 
  • I have continued on my powerlifting journey, day in and day out. From competing in my first powerlifting meet, to Provincials and soon, Centrals and Nationals for Canada. I am so happy I have found a sport that I can both find happiness, my inner fire, and an endless amount of motivation. It has not been easy but I have been able to find balance and a healthy relationship with food, and my body. Finally. 
  • I have sacrificed a lot of friendships, in taking the route that I have but I have also met some of the best people too. People will either be supportive of you and your goals, or they wont be able to accept your success, and will refuse to understand you and your goals. Therefore resenting you and your successes. I have learnt to accept this, people come in and out of our lives. Most of the time those negative people won’t ever be able to be happy for you, no matter how lovely you are.
  • I have gone from living in Australia, to moving home, and now I am in the midst of applying for a new visa. (Details to follow) So there have been many changes over the last year, and I plan to continue on the nomadic path of life, all the while beating all stereotypes & being true to myself. 

This year has taught me to go against the grain, ask for help, be honest with everyone and yourself, never compromise & never settle. Expand from within. And never stop. 

So, as I move forward into 2017, today I sat and wrote down my new years goals. So here’s to 2017. Make it your year. Write down life goals, health goals, and ‘you’ goals. Cheers. 

3 comments

  • Happy New Years Paula – I think we are either first cousins, once removed or second cousins – but your words resonate. You are showing wisdom beyond your years and are reaping the rewards of the new, healthy choices you have been making. May 2017 be all that you dream and work for – I hope to meet you one day. 🌈🎉✨💪🏼

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  • Happy New Years Paula – I think we are either first cousins, once removed or second cousins – but your words resonate. You are showing wisdom beyond your years and are reaping the rewards of the new, healthy choices you have been making. May 2017 be all that you dream and work for – I hope to meet you one day. 🌈🎉✨💪🏼

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