What’s your ONE thing for 2018? The ONE Thing that will bring your life back into focus? The One thing that will bring your health into focus? The ONE thing that will put your work into focus, without the hustle.
Happy New Year Friends! Goodness gracious doesn’t it feel nice to start fresh? I’m not sure why we need an official NEW YEAR to do so, but hey, whatever works, right?
Before we break into the New Year filled with more healthy recipes, meal plans, and lots of more goodies up my sleeve, I wanted to pause. Those of you who kindly correct my poor grammar, I’m sorry, but this post will be full of grammar faux pas! I’m writing from the heart. That means typos, run on sentences, and slang words are frequent. May I ask for a wee bit of grace? Thanks.
Okay, so moving on by reflecting back. 2017…. Like whoa! It was messy. It was distracted. It was too much hustle and not enough rest. It was a year of painful, yet purposeful, growth.
Professionally, my brand grew a LOT, thanks to you all! At the same time, I learned that my readers are WAY more valuable than any of the diet trends. Your input, feedback, and emails is what makes COTTER CRUNCH what is today! A place of comfort, a good resource (from all those nerdy nutrition tips), a place of gluten free nourishment, and hopefully a place that makes you feel welcomed.
I also wrote a cookbook. And by wrote, I mean I wrote and re-wrote, I cooked and cooked some more. I tested recipes and retested recipes, I photographed all the recipes then decided to reshoot half the bowl recipes. I made my house a mess and just about killed myself slaying it. This was all my doing from the pressure I put on myself. Lesson learned. Growth. Painful GOOD growth.
Hopefully you will see this on the bookshelves in a few months. Phew! But PRE ORDERS are AVAILABLE NOW on amazon. YEA!
Personally, I stunk at life. I didn’t take care of my gut health after colon surgery. I didn’t focus on my marriage or my relationships. I just put my head down and worked worked worked to avoid feeling. Hey, I got stuff done. But life… oh life.. there was none. You all know this from my Behind The Scenes post. Lesson learned. Painful growth. Good growth. A good smack my face wake up call.
Which brings me to today and that quote above (and below).
“IF YOU KNOW ME BASED ON WHO I WAS A YEAR AGO, YOU DON’T KNOW ME AT ALL. MY GROWTH GAME IS STRONG. ALLOW ME TO REINTRODUCE MYSELF.”
I am LINDSAY COTTER, creator of Cotter Crunch Gluten Free Food blog. A wife to an amazingly patient and loving man (aka the Kiwi Cotter). A daughter, aunt, and sister to the most supportive and loving family. Friend to the most encouraging and talented friends.
This year I want to focus on the ONE thing that brings JOY and LAUGHTER to my life, to my work, to my relationships. I’ve been taking a few days (weeks) to really let that message sit and resonate with me, thanks to the book THE ONE THING! It was a much needed REFOCUS!
And you know what? I don’t have the answer to that “refocus” yet, but I do know this…. Perfectionism does not bring joy. Busyness does not bring joy. In fact, both bring the exact opposite. They bring a feeling of scarcity and stress.
Busyness is mental laziness and lack of planning. Define that word for yourself and then never use it in your vocabulary. You can only do one thing at a time, at all times
Busyness is a mental construct revealing how much thinking about, not how much you are doing. – Brooke Castillo
Instead of all the busyness and perfectionism, I want to focus on embracing the mess of life and putting it out in the world. I want to focus on shifting perspective, seeing the BIGGER picture (in life).
And I want to do this alongside sharing my true passions (creating and sharing gluten free recipes, faith, health, photography, etc.). I’m still working my way back to fitness, so just hold tight on that one.
Does all that make sense? Maybe you are nodding your head now and feeling relieved with me. I hope so!
So cheers to the ONE thing in 2018. The ONE Thing that will bring your life and your work into focus.
What is your ONE thing for 2018?
Be back in a few days to share my first recipe of 2018. It’s tasty!