For most Januarys in my life, I’ve had a long list of New Year’s Resolutions…and I haven’t kept them (shocker, I know). This year I am changing it up and just doing 1 focus word: empathy.
In my mind, the definition of empathy is to step into someone else’s shoes. All too often, I tend to judge something or someone before really offering my compassion and understanding. By putting myself in their shoes and focusing on what they have gone through and where they stand: that can only make me love more unconditionally. Why put stipulations on loving friends, family, and acquaintances? Will empathy make me more vulnerable in 2017? Perhaps, but that’s okay.
Over the past few years, I’ve found myself softening some of my “hard edges.” I think a good bit of that has to deal with my husband and his empathetic nature but also most of it has to deal with me shifting where I find happiness. I used to want to climb the corporate ladder and success meant making more money each year. Things changed when I started teaching more group fitness and helping women on their wellness journey. That desire for more money, more professional growth in terms of “managing people” stopped pretty abruptly. I found myself not motivated by marketing but instead getting so excited to teach my fitness classes. I truly feel alive and happy when I teach others. God has been working on me for a long time to realize this and finally with some recent professional developments, I have realized it! I’m stubborn, what can I say?! 🙂
With all of that said, I’m hoping by leading a more empathetic life can help me grow personally in my relationships, open my heart more to others and reach more people in the fitness world. I’m hoping to document that on this blog with posts weekly on fitness tips, personal stories, fun recipes to bring family and friends together and of course style advice to make us feel beautiful both inside and out.
Cheers to 2017!
I’d LOVE to know and if you’re willing to share, what is your focus for 2017?
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