I have always made New Year’s resolutions, but this is a new year and I’m feeling like I’m in new skin.
Small changes are helping my skin and my life. I started to keep a daily log of my time. Down to the minute, I have logged what I have done in the new year each day, all day. If I call my best friend, I log the call and even the major topics we chatted about. I noted that I had more time than I realized. Tasks I think will take an hour take about 15-20 minutes.
So there is time to work out, after all. I live in Arizona, which offers nearly year-round sunshine. In the summer, we have too much sunshine, which is not great for your skin.
Recently, traveling to colder climates, I observed a lot of different ways to stay active even when the outdoors had other ideas.
I also quit dairy. Spirulina, broccoli, almond butter and fish are replacing meat. And I’m obsessed with the Beyond Meat burger.
And I’m not drinking wine. Or eating desserts. Stuff doesn’t do my skin any favors. The last two “quits” are temporary, a reset on my body.
But when you don’t drink wine, you drink a lot of water.
My skin is 43 – it will turn 44 this year. What is going through my body and in my mind shows up on the surface of my skin. My skin is how I show up in the world.
The way I think about time is having a positive effect on my brain. When stressful things happen, my awareness of time reminds me that “you only have 8 minutes to think about this. You have to move on.” When positive things happen, I smile for hours. I appreciate the small moments.
The change in the way I spend my time gives me more time to prepare nourishing foods. My food label should read: “No one was hurt to make this food.” I want skin that reflects my client conscience.
America is really interesting because we are a land of opportunity and it’s easy to be indulgent. An odd thing about our country is the biggest challenge is to have less. Somehow, when you indulge less you get more of what you really want.
With dairy, cows have to keep getting pregnant to produce milk. Baby cows are competition with dairy farmers for that milk. So baby cows lose, and moms lose, and dairy farmers win. Mom cows and baby cows lose 97% of the time within a few hours of birth. Hurting a mom and a baby is bad for my heart. My skin reflects what’s pumping through my heart and going through my brain.
When I happen to unintentionally eat a bite of cheese now, like when I’m in someone’s home and I eat what I am offered, cheese doesn’t even taste good. I feel sharp, and cheese wants to take away that great feeling.
People are complimenting me all. the. time. “Something is different,” I hear a lot. What is happening under my skin is reflected to the world on my skin. It’s a new year. I’m not getting any younger. None of us are getting younger. If there’s one thing my time tracking is telling me, the only thing I can’t get back is time. Everything else is negotiable.