2017: Strength

I am strong enough.

I am strong enough to embrace my new mama-hood. I am strong enough to care for my baby and my family. I am strong enough to care for myself.

I am strong enough to complete yoga teacher training and work on my big ideas. I am strong enough mentally. I am strong enough physically.

I am strong enough to let go. I am strong enough to stop worrying about what others think. I am strong enough to accept who I am if I do hold on or worry.

And if I need more strength, I will TRUST in me.

2017: Strength. In my mind. In my body. In my abilities. In me.

If you’ve been following along for the last 5 years, you’ve noticed that I don’t set resolutions for the new year. I set intentions, mantras, and words to live by.

2016 mantra: Wild & Free

2016’s mantra had a very specific meaning when I wrote it, but I kept it a secret. Why? I was 7 weeks pregnant at the time.

For me, 2016 was all about embracing the wild ride of pregnancy and having a newborn. My husband says 2016 was a transition year for us. We had to navigate the system in France for having a baby, move to a larger apartment, and prepare ourselves for the new little human in our family. Our travel miles subsided compared to 2015, but we still managed to get to Vienna, Saint-Gervais, New York, and Tuscany. I continued to work on a very limited basis as I was exhausted, but managed to film, edit, and upload my Prenatal Series two days before THE day. Then, August 13 arrived and our beautiful Ophelia stole our hearts. (And our sleep.)

On a self-imposed maternity leave until…well…now, I give myself a pat on the back for that one because I rarely opened up my computer during the first 5 months of my daughter’s life. I now understand the true meanings of no time and pure exhaustion.

So 2017 will also be about balancing and not being so damn hard on myself. Meaning, how the heck I will care for my baby AND do my work (and exercise, and eat, and shower, and have some me time, and have some husband time, and basically do anything else) while also recognizing and loving that am I doing the best I can right now. (And always remembering that the well-being of our little family is my priority.)

2017, welcome. I’m ready for the ride.

I love re-reading my previous mantras. Go back into yours and see how you’ve evolved over the years. 

2015 mantra: Nourish

2014 mantra: Act with love

2013 mantra: Health & Happiness

2012 mantra: Sexy Success

To create your own mantra, answer these 2 questions:

1. How do you want to feel?

2. What do you want more of?

Tell me in the comments.