January 6, 2021

Moving into 2021 With a New Focus: WHOLESOME LIVING

I’m always juggling a million things. Even before motherhood, I never really knew what balance meant. For years I worked a full-time job and rocked a side hustle. After leaving that full-time gig, I tried to balance my creative projects with motherhood.

I’m not sure what happened. Maybe it was the emotional turbulence of 2020 or the tumor diagnosis from the year before, but now more than ever, I’m craving balance, mindfulness, and intentionality.

To sum it up, I’m using the word: WHOLESOME. By definition, wholesome means 1: promoting health or well-being of mind or spirit. 2: promoting health of the body.

The most significant change I’m making is my approach to food and exercise. Since having intestinal surgery, I’m convinced I’m now gluten intolerant. It’s something I’m still investigating, but the only time I feel “normal” is when I cut out gluten. I pretty much ignored it up until a month ago when I realized I don’t have to feel shitty. Deciding to eat unhealthily or, in this case, gluten, was entirely up to me. Realizing I’m the one in control of how I’m going to feel empowered me to make a few changes.

I’m always juggling a million things. Even before motherhood, I never really knew what balance meant. For years I worked a full-time job and rocked a side hustle. After leaving that full-time gig, I tried to balance my creative projects with motherhood.

I’m not sure what happened. Maybe it was the emotional turbulence of 2020 or the tumor diagnosis from the year before, but now more than ever, I’m craving balance, mindfulness, and intentionality.

To sum it up, I’m using the word: WHOLESOME. By definition, wholesome means 1: promoting health or well-being of mind or spirit. 2: promoting health of the body.

The most significant change I’m making is my approach to food and exercise. Since having intestinal surgery, I’m convinced I’m now gluten intolerant. It’s something I’m still investigating, but the only time I feel “normal” is when I cut out gluten. I pretty much ignored it up until a month ago when I realized I don’t have to feel shitty. Deciding to eat unhealthily or, in this case, gluten, was entirely up to me. Realizing I’m the one in control of how I’m going to feel empowered me to make a few changes.

Here are a few things I’m focusing on in 2021:

1. Focus on Feeling Better, Not Looking Better.

For so long, I’ve focused on how I look externally vs. how I felt internally. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m now in my thirties or because I’m just more aware of what it means to get older, but I’m starting to notice that the external doesn’t really matter. It’s all about feeling good. I once heard this from a coworker: “If you feel good, you look good, and if you look good, you work hard,” and it’s always stuck with me. It’s the reason why I still get dressed in the morning even though I work from home. Putting on jeans makes me feel more like a high functioning adult.

So this year, I’m focusing on the internal. I recently went gluten free to see if I could minimize the inflammation in my joints and ears. My vertigo was beginning to interfere with daily tasks, so it was time for a change. I heard that gluten could make vertigo symptoms worse, so I thought I’d give it a try.

I’m also carving out 10 minutes a day to meditate. I need to listen to start listening to my intuition and connecting with my internal energy. I’m amazed by the research behind one’s intuition and the power it has. It was my intuition that pushed me to start the print shop last year. I had this gut feeling I was supposed to do it, and I leaped without any hesitation. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my business, and I’m excited to see what else my trusty gut will tell me. I’m confident that if I leave time to connect with my intuition and be open to flowing with it, I’ll be better off in both business and life.

2. Strive for consistency and keep to a schedule.

My current schedule is pretty inconsistent and leaves plenty of room for improvement. I blame it on the fact that I’m usually a pretty busy person, so I tend to focus on whatever fire needs putting out first.

I know this can’t go on forever, or I’ll never move the needle in the forward direction, so I promised myself to make some serious changes in the scheduling department.

I haven’t determined my new schedule yet and based on this podcast episode by the Boss Babe Podcast I’m pretty sure I’ll have to define four of them. Side note: definitely give that episode a listen if you’re interested in how your monthly cycle plays a huge role in your health and success.

3. Ditch the Guilt

Last but certainly not least, I’m saying good-bye to feeling guilty! I’m not going to feel guilty about not being on a diet, I’m not going to feel guilty for letting my kid watch TV while I send an email, and I’m not going to feel guilty for saying NO. I’m done beating myself up. I think for so long, I’ve judged myself based on these preconceived notions that I had to do things a certain way or I was a “bad” person.

Not anymore. I’m celebrating each time I tell someone that I’m not available to take on a design job because when I tell them no, I’m saying yes to the things actually want to spend time on.


These are just a few things I want to work on this new year and I know it’s going to be a big adjustment. If I continue to listen to my intuition and say no to the things that will only stress me out, I think I’ll be in for a year of flow and gratitude.