We aren’t even 2 weeks into the new year and I’m noticing the hype about resolutions is already dying down. Which is fine by me, I don’t gravitate toward that bullshit anyway. Don’t get me wrong I’m all for that excited feeling we get when writing January 1st, 2017 down on paper for the very first time. The whole year has yet to happen. It is ours to do as we please, to make our mark on or let pass by.

For me the start of a new year means get it together. December was the month of organization. Not only was 2016 coming to an end but I also just got married! ¬†I really felt the urge to get rid of clutter around the house and make room for the life that lies ahead. Marie Kondo, author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” suggests that when getting rid of things in your home you ask yourself whether or not they bring joy to your life. If the answer is no, say goodbye.

Of course I have to include a wedding pic ūüėČ Photographed by Caroline Ro

This was huge not only in getting rid of physical clutter in my home but also mental and social media clutter. Is social media clutter a thing? Welp, it is now. I’ve been un-friending/ unfollowing those who don’t bring value to my day to day and also becoming more aware of what my daily routine consists of. Where am I spending time and energy and how is this useful for me and my loved ones? Yes, I¬†do know looking at cute puppy videos on Facebook probably isn’t adding value to my well being; but it’s a work in progress and at the very least I am aware of my actions rather than mindlessly scrolling as time slips by.

As my clients started toying around with different resolutions to make we settled on another idea instead. I saw this floating around on various internet sites and it really resonated with me. Pick a word¬†that is going to be your theme for 2017. A¬†friend of mine chose¬†“laughter.” She’s a pretty serious gal and just wants to laugh more. Instead of yelling at her kid when he spills water on the table because he’s playing she will laugh with him about the little mishap and relish in the fact that they’re spending time together. One of my mentors chose the word “authenticity” for 2017 which I also love.

My word is “matter.”

Spend time with people who matter, stress over stuff that matters and let the other small shit go. Eat foods that matter to my body. Do workouts that matter. Show my friends and family they matter to me. 

One little word, one huge impact.

What’s your word for 2017? Leave it in the comments below!

*My next blog post will focus on doing workouts that matter. Right now I’m seeing so many people in the gym who are wasting their time because of poor exercise selection. It can be tough and intimidating when figuring out which exercises to do¬†so let’s come up with a solution that is best for you, your goals and your body.