The 4 things I'm most excited about in 2019
It’s funny how we can do all the goal-setting and plan-making in the world, but we never really know what’s in store for the year ahead.
Life is unexpected.
As I counted down the seconds to midnight on New Year’s Eve in 2017, I could have never predicted that just months later, I would move to Berlin with my husband, or that I’d have the opportunity to write my first book.
And yet, both of these things happened. With them, they brought immense challenges, opportunities for change and growth and plenty of fun times, too.
It's been a big year.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My husband called me from work one day in March and said casually "I think we may need to move to Berlin". ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Two weeks later I'm living in Germany, trying to find my feet with a completely new routine... worrying that I'd be missing out on my Sydney life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This year has been tougher than expected. Some days. it's just about making it through. But I'd do it again in a heartbeat. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This year I grew into my skin and became comfortable in my skin and proud of my body.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The voice that tells me to lose weight is softer, quieter and less frequent. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I've let go of control because there's no point fighting it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's okay to see where life is taking me right now. And the same goes for you.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (This photo was taken day 1 in Berlin. Honestly, there's no city quite as amazing as Berlin).
And while it wasn’t always easy, I wouldn’t change my 2018 for the world.
Moving the Berlin was scary. “What if everyone forgot about me?” and “what if I missed my life in Sydney too much” I feared.
If I had stuck rigidly to my plan for the year, I would have totally missed out on these life-changing, character-building experiences.
So, while I have plenty of big plans, I won’t pretend to know exactly what’s in store for 2019.
There are, however, a couple of things I’m particularly excited about…
What I’m most excited about for 2019
As I watched the fireworks light up the city last night, I realised that my resolution this year is to help you make 2019 the year you stop dieting for good, feeling guilty for eating and start loving your body. 💕 If you're interested, I wrote a lovely little blog post that may help. Click the link in my profile or check out my blog www.lyndicohen.com P.s. Here's a shot of me (eyes closed, as usual 🙈) enjoying a meal in Portugal in 2018. Last year, I set a resolution to be kind to myself. It was amazing. That meant forgiving myself for not being perfect. And practicing self love. So for example, when I saw a girl on the beach with a 'perfect' body, I'd say to myself: "Her body is lovely.... and so is mine". It may sound simple but it works! ☺️❤️
Ditching the diets for good + loving my body
For many years, I was caught in the vicious cycle of starting a new diet on 1st January, only to fall off the bandwagon just a few days later and beat myself up about it. Of course, this wasn’t just on New Year’s Day, but plenty of other times throughout the year, too.
In 2019, the only diet I’ll be going on is a ‘social media detox’ — aka. detoxing all of the crap out of my social media feeds. There's so much noise in the nutrition world, so it's about consuming less nonsense and BS.
I’ve learned so much about accepting myself and actively practising body love over the last year, and it got a lot to do with following more body positive accounts on social media. I plan to keep practicing loving my body this year - and share with you what I learn. Which brings me to my next point!
The Nude Nutritionist book is out (yay!)
I’m excited to announce that my book, The Nude Nutritionist, is now officially on shelves in Australia and New Zealand! (UK launch in Feb).
And you can also order the book from anywhere in the world.
This book has been a serious labour of love, distilling everything I’ve learned about body confidence, balanced nutrition, intuitive eating and more over the years into your ultimate self-love companion.
It’s packed with practical, BS-free advice on breaking the diet mindset, loving your body and eating well without rigid planning, as well as more than 50+ uncomplicated, veggie-filled recipes.
The Nude Nutritionist book is stocked where all good books are found. You can order it online here.
If the word of 2018 was ‘change,’ 2019 is all about balance. This means not only eating a balanced diet, but also finding the equilibrium between my physical and mental health.
This year I need to make more time for my family (check out this post if you missed my update).
This quote from the lovely Meaghan Markle has really stuck with me:
“I resolve not to have any resolutions…. the only thin I am to do it to approach life playfully. To laugh and enjoy, to keep my standards high but my level of self-acceptance higher. My New Years resolution is to leave room for magic. To make my plans, and be okay if they sometimes break. To set my goals, but to be open to change.
Every single day, I'm working to improve myself - whether that's accepting my soft stomach or dealing with anxiety or trying to be less clumsy. But that doesn't mean there's something wrong with me in my current state. I don't need fixing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Because, as the very wise and wonderful Sophia Bush once said: "You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and work in progress simultaneously" You can accept and love yourself in your current state, while still working to become the best and healthiest version of yourself. ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In fact, you're actually even MORE likely to stick to your goals when you're doing it from this place of love, rather than fear. 💕⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Speaking of goals, head to the link in bio to check out my latest blog, about how you shouldn't beat yourself up if you didn't reach your 2018 goals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #2019goals #goaldiggers #selfacceptance #progressnotperfection #progressoverperfection
Living in Australia, again.
We’ve returned to Sydney and the timing feels right.
I missed my island home.
It feels like a fresh start, and I’m looking forward to having my two feet planted firmly on the ground in our hometown, at least for a while. Plus, I’d be lying if I didn’t miss being near the beach!
What are you most excited for in 2019? Tell me in the comments!
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