In 2019, Sarahn Says is here to help you adopt healthy habits. While one day of positive action towards improving your health is great, real transformation comes from consistency and developing healthy habits. This month, choose 1-2 healthy habits that you will adopt, from daily practice. Habits are developed by performing an action for 21 days straight. If you stray off, forgive yourself and instead strive to perform the action at least 21 days in the month. Focus on 1-2 habits that will really improve your life (don’t try to do them all). You have options! You can create your own as well. Remember YOU are in charge of your health.
Healthy Habit Option #1:
Keep a gratitude journal
Healthy Habit Option #2:
5 minutes of deep breathing
Healthy Habit Option #3:
Drink water with lemon
Healthy Habit Option #4:
Uplift those around you by getting your family, friends, and co-workers involved. Share your experience with posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtags #sarahnsays and #ccfeb19.
The year is coming to an end! Now is the time to start preparing for the new year. Don’t wait until January to get your game plan together. December’s Challenge is to perform 1 small action everyday this month to prepare you for the new year. Uplift those around you by getting your family, friends, and co-workers involved. Share your excitement and enjoyment with posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtags #sarahnsays and #ccdec18.
Find joy in everyday this month by challenging yourself to do one small thing daily. Uplift those around you by getting your family, friends, and co-workers involved. Share your excitement and enjoyment with posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtags #sarahnsays and #ccnov18.
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I woke up today, thinking that today was the last day of winter! I mean we’re having a “snowstorm” in Philadelphia right now. But I learned sometime in the mid-afternoon that today, March 20th, is actually the first day of Spring. Which means that my Sacred Woman Winter has officially come to an end. I’ve made it through the dark windy nights of solitude, salubrity, and structure. Reflecting on these past three months, I’ve realized, I lost complete intention on dedicating my winter to those 3 S’s. I did learn a lot however about myself, those around me, and where I am going in my life. The ultimate lesson, of course, is that no self-work is ever completely done and that seasons become raindrops in the waterfalls of our lives.
I’m learning more and more everyday, my power as a woman, a friend, a teacher, a student. I’m becoming better at those roles as life forces me to experience myself in new unknown ways. This Sacred Woman Winter has been very much like a journal for me to express my thoughts and feelings about my growing process. But reflecting on THIS growing process, I am reminded that I am always returning to evolution. I am never stagnant, or stale. Never broken or burned. I am sometimes, a wilted flower, who needs just a little of mother nature’s elements to stand me back up right. I am, all the time, an imperfect human who is constantly reflecting and analyzing my life, to blossom brighter, and withstand stronger winds.
Nothing in my life has really stayed the same over the past 3 months. My mind is stronger, my heart beats louder, my back is straighter, and my hair withstands gravity now more than ever. And my spirit is more still than it’s ever been before, leaving hibernation for the spring.
The 17th book I’m reading, reviewing and resourcing this year is Your Best Year Yet by Jinny S. Ditzler. Watch my review of the text below. To see a full list of the 17 books I’m reading in 2017 (and now 2018), click here.
“Your Best Year Yet” by Jinny S. Ditzler. This 1994 book, is a self-help book that helps you analyze your previous years accomplishments to highlight your key tools for the next year being ‘Your Best Year Yet’.
It’s only right that one uses the tool of reflection to shine light forward. That is in fact what reflecting is. *11:09pm on 1/3/18 is when I typed these very words.* Hmmm…
2017 wasn’t the most exciting year of my life. Truth be told, half of the year feels like a blur. Beside’s my graduation celebration, it’s hard for me to remember one meaningful thing that happened in June, and September’s warmth made fall go by all too quickly. The last time I took a good look at the calendar it was December 8th, and now its 2018. Although that flash of time might seem normal to some people, something inside me wants so badly for 2018 to be different. I want to feel my skin this year. I want life to marinate this year. Most of us say we’re looking forward to this year being special and full of new growth. But every year, no matter the trials and triumphs, is special and full of growth. Some years are filled with more fears and tears, while others more smiles and sunshine, but growth is present none the less. I’d like to believe that 2018 will bring sunshine into my life, and even more, that this year will continue to teach me that light is within, no matter the weather or the darkness.
I guess I should have made this post about a week ago. Reflecting on 2017 already feels like dwelling on the past, but for whatever reason, this moment didn’t feel true some days ago. Now seems like the right time to live in my sur name ‘Sankofa’, meaning, ‘ to return to the source and retrieve what you have lost.’ Now is a good time to look at and resource last year and look ahead to what can and will hopefully be one of the most teachable years of my life.
I spent over 10 months of age 22 in 2017. 22 is the highest number in numerology named ‘the Master Builder’, symbolizing turning dreams into realities, confidence, ambition and discipline. I remember setting a real intention of 22 being a year where I was committed to start building the life I wanted for myself. But I’m not perfect… Some spring evenings were spent indulging in the juvenile gifts of senior year. Some summer days were spent sleeping in. Some fall mornings were spent avoiding eye contact and skipping breakfast. Two December nights, I cried myself to sleep. I was present through it all however, and to some extent I did add to the framework of my life. I traveled, graduated from college, started making money as a life coach, and continued my career in radio. And even though the last few months of 2017 weren’t the easiest for me, I feel accomplished thus far in my journey of ‘adulting’ and growing wiser.
We can probably all admit that 2017 wasn’t the best year we’ve ever had. Every year has its’ fair share of ups and downs, triumphs and challenges, but the most important thing is being grateful for being alive, understanding the polarities of time and the fragility of life. And if you hold those things close to your spirit, nothing really seems so bad. With that being said, I am proud to say that 2017 brought no regrets to my life.
I’m sharing some things I learned in 2017 in hopes that you too will reflect on what they might mean to your life. And sharing what I hope to learn in 2018, in hopes that you too might see these things as something you want to channel this year or that they will remind you of a previous lesson you learned and now have the wisdom from it to show you survived. Onward and upward we go…
A few things I learned about myself in 2017…
1. I’m a lot more creative than I give myself credit for. 2. I have a need to maintain control in every area of my life (still working on it!) 3. I inspire people, near and far. 4. I’m just about good at anything I decide to put my mind to. 5. I don’t work well with anxious or pessimistic people. 6. I’m more forgiving now that I ever thought I would be when I reached this age. 7. I can actually take care of living things…MY PLANTS *tears*. 8. I feel most connected to the world between the hours of 4-7pm. 9. My Spanish is not too shabby! 10. My younger years have taught me lessons I am now beginning to use (this means I’m getting old LOL). 11. I can get tears of joy and growth out of ALMOST all my friends. ♥
And some other things I learned about life in 2017…
1. No one is going to treat you better than you treat yourself. 2. Taking care of your hair is an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 3. Good company can be found in random places. 4. No matter how anyone treats you, you always have a choice in how you respond. 5. Everyone comes into your life when they are supposed to. There is no such thing as bad timing. Even without the fairytale ending, it’s always the right person at the right time. 6. People are thinking about you and sending you good vibes even when you think they’re not. 7. People don’t owe you anything and most people don’t care how you feel, but that’s okay! Life is too short for pity parties. You cry, and pray and sleep it off. And the next day, you don’t feel that bad for yourself anyway. 8. Sometimes you need to talk about things, until there’s nothing left to say. 9. Your flaws do not define your beauty. 10. The people you love most are always at the closest distance to hurt you. 11. Life is shaped like a helix. Things happen in cycles and patterns, time moves in circles, but we’re never in the same place at the same time.
What I look forward to learning about myself in 2018…
1. How MORE flexible and strong my body can be while practicing yoga daily. 2. How to do everything I can for myself, before asking anyone else for help. 3. How to get through a whole book, any book, in one week. 4. What it feels like to live without emotional distraction for 1 whole year (still dating and getting to know people)! 5. How my writing will improve with practice, practice and more practice. 6. How to rock a wig without feeling insecure. 7. The benefits on my body of drinking a little under a gallon of water a day. 8. How to connect to the love within anyone and everyone I come in contact with. 9. How to choreograph a dance piece about an experience in my life without thinking my story isn’t worth telling or that my art isn’t developed enough. 10. How to not talk about things I’m planning to do, until I already have them in motion. 11. How to avoid all distraction in the midst of any task.
And lastly, what I look forward to learning about life in 2018…
1. How to take action on what I want, no matter the mental or literal obstacles that appear to be in my way. 2. How to successfully gain and retain clients for my coaching business. 3. How to set things free, and not wait for them to come back. 4. The beauty of living at home and all the ways I can contribute to my household. 5. What people my age, in my field of work are doing to prosper and grow. 6. How to budget and save more efficiently. 7. How to see the actions of those close to me as an external part of who I truly am inside. 8. How to embody the Solar Plexus Chakra everyday. 9. How to be kind and generous to those who have hurt me. 10. Consulting with my spirit before I make every important decision. 11. How to give myself the proper time and space to overcome all pain and confusion.
There were definitely a few occurrences that made me feel small and undeserving this year. My challenge to myself for 2018 is to not be defined by those wounds and to confront them with all the strength, courage and wisdom I have in my mind, body and soul. There were even more occurrences that made me feel joyous and proud to be who I am. Another challenge to myself for 2018 is not discrediting the obstacles I have overcome and the self-love I have continued to nurture. The ultimate goal: TO APPEAR AS EVERYTHING THAT I AM, AND NOTHING THAT I AM NOT, GIVING MYSELF PERMISSION TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF MYSELF AT ALL TIMES, FORGIVING MYSELF FOR MISTAKES MADE, AND KEEPING ‘GOD’FIDENCE IN MY HEAD, HEART AND HANDS.