Hey! Lily-Jo here.
First of all… Happy New Year! I hope that you and your family had a lovely few weeks to rest and enjoy each other’s company!
Second of all… there has been raucous laughter and numerous banter on my family WhatsApp groups over something that happened to me recently, and it’s just too funny not to share it with you.
Let me preface by saying that I am an educated woman, with what I would describe as common sense-a-plenty. However, a week ago, when the milk person was leaving extra milk to cover the bank holidays, the fridge was getting overrun with the stuff.
Instead of doing a quick Google search on whether it was safe to put glass milk bottles in the freezer, or just asking my trusty pal that sits on the shelf, Alexa, I placed the milk into the freezer and went about my day (I must have missed this science class).
The result was this – see photo below!
We all know that the fridge plays an essential part in our western daily lives. It keeps things cool, comfortable, tasty, and fresh. Our freezers, on the other hand, take it to the next level! Our freezers preserve things and save things for us that we would otherwise have to throw away.
In short, our fridge helps us with the short-term dailies, whereas our freezers serve a longer-term, perhaps even strategic purpose.
This reminded me of the infamous quote by motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, who said that we are the average of the top five people that we spend the most time with.
So let’s imagine the fridge is our top 5 people. We stay fresh, we taste good, we are happy, we are COMFORTABLE with our fridge!
Our freezer is a little more potent – a little more intense. Our freezer is the extreme temperatures where we ‘do the work’, where we go into the dark (my freezer doesn’t have a light), and where we are challenged to step outside of our comfort zones.
As you can see from the photo, this milk is busting out of the bottle! It’s smashing glass. It’s not playing! This milk has endured a process that has caused it to emerge so strong it’s smashing outside of its container!
Got me thinking…I want to emerge throughout 2022 like this! I want to smash my goals so hard that I’m breaking new levels. It’s been a rough couple of years externally for the world, but regardless of the externals, let’s do the work internally, and become like my frozen milk – explosive (but looking a lot less weird!)
Here are my top 4 tips to make this a smashing year.
My Top 4 Tips for a Smashing 2022
Surround yourself with others who are where you want to be.
Join some different WhatsApp groups, Facebook groups. Detox from the ones that don’t support you and place yourself in ones that help you to grow.
Find an accountability partner who can kick your butt and challenge you when needed. I have different accountability for different areas of my life, whether it be nutrition, fitness goals, a counsellor, or friend. Make sure it is someone who will offer support and challenge.
Change up some habits
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and hoping for a different result. If you want your life to be different, you have to do something different. This might mean getting out of bed 20 mins earlier than you’ve done before, or moving your body in a different way. Making just small incremental changes are easier than big dramatic ones all at once.
Get the fundamentals right
I talk about it SO much, but self-care is paramount to breaking glass! Good food, good sleep, loads of water, and daily exercise.
If you want to know how good you are at self-care, you can take my self-care questionnaire here.
So what are you going to do differently this year?
What are you going to change up?
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Let’s make 2022 a year to remember.
Love, Lily-Jo xx
About the Author: Lily-Jo
Lily-Jo is a qualified counsellor, counselling supervisor, and senior coach at Unstoppable Life Coaching. She is also the founder of mental health organisation, The Lily-Jo Project, which specialises in online digital wellbeing resources for children, teens and adults of all ages.