When the leaves start to change color and the air turns crisp, there’s a part of me that starts to turn inward. Maybe it’s the cooler weather or the family meals and holiday celebrations. Or maybe it’s just the realization that there are only a few months left in the year but I start to reflect on the year.
Typically, I think back on the goals I set out to accomplish and compare those goals against the list of things I actually did do. And somehow, that one-to-one comparison determines whether it’s been a good year or a bad year.
But my word for 2015 — the word that I use to help frame my actions and intentions for the year — is Joy. I want to find joy in 2015. I chose this word because I want to focus on the things that excite me, to find an element of play in whatever it is that I’m doing — running, yoga, writing, parenting and living — and to rediscover the joy in the journey.
Which is why I’m super excited to share some news with you. Over the next few months, I’m partnering with Kohl’s on their #MakeYourMove campaign.
The campaign focuses on how living well really means saying yes to the things that energize you, that it means embracing opportunity and focusing on the joy of the journey, that it doesn’t have to be hard. Since January, Kohl’s Make Your Move campaign has been inspiring people to seek the things that motivate them to live a healthier life.
Of course everyone will make their move differently. But, by sharing our journeys, we can motivate each other. Here’s a peek at what I’m working on over the next couple of months as part of the Kohl’s Make Your Move campaign:
- Get active as a family and explore new activities. I want to get my city kids out and exploring the outdoors! I want to find ways to be active together as a family.
- Return to running after injury. This has been one of the biggest challenges for me this year and it has really forced me to focus on the journey – not the deadline of returning to running. But injury – as much of a pain as it often is – is also a great teacher.
- Cook as a family. Dinners in our house sometimes feel like a broken record with the same 5-6 meals on rotation, thanks to my kids’ particular palettes. But they say that the trick to expanding the range of food that children will try is to cook with them. I want my kids to love and appreciate healthy food.
- Make the holidays less stressful. As much as I love the holidays, they can also be really stressful. With family visiting, holiday get-togethers and all the things we should do to make the holidays memorable, sometimes, it takes the fun out of the season. This season, I want to make our time together more joyous and less stressful.
I want to hear how you #MakeYourMove! What do you do to live a healthier life that also energizes you and brings you joy? What’s one of your goals for the end of the year?
Tell me in the comments or share on social media using the hashtag so we can cheer you on!
Other posts in this series:
- 9 Tips to Make Hiking Fun for the Whole Family
- Family Meals Made Fun: Tips for Cooking With Kids
- A Runner’s Pledge: Injury Prevention Tips for Runners
- 8 Stress-Busting Tips for Busy and Hectic Times
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Kohl’s.
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