It’s that time of year where we start to reflect on the year which has just been and inevitably plan resolutions for the year ahead. Looking at the statistics on the most popular New Year’s resolutions, it seems that we believe (or possibly are led to believe) that each year we need to do more to be a better version of ourselves with mantras like “Lose Weight”, “Get Fit” or “Spend Less”, essentially adding pressure onto an already long list of things which we should be doing. And whilst I can see the appeal, to me, there is clearly a reason why they all inevitably fail: they do not address any of the reasons why you are already amazing and already a rather excellent version of yourself.
I’ve never believed in New Year’s resolutions but that doesn’t mean I don’t set intentions for the year ahead or reflect on the year which as just been. Like many clients have talked to me about, and even the media has reflected upon, 2016 was a year where the universe decided to throw a lot my way. I positively try to tell myself that maybe it was a year where my soul needed to learn some valuable lessons. Despite loss, grief, death, burglary, car theft, illness, dog attacks and hospital stays, I reflect upon 2016 as a year where a lot of good happened: where I found love and unwavering support, where I learned a lot about myself and found strength from even greater depths, where I learned who my real friends were (they are often the people you least expect) and where I found my calling through the success and wonderful clients I’ve met through Soul Pilates. And for this I offer the universe my utmost gratitude. It’s all too easy to focus on the negatives in our lives but the real essence of joy and positivity for the future comes from finding the things to be grateful for in every situation – and yes sometimes that is really, really hard.
So I reflect on 2016 with a sense of gratitude for the happiness, the success and the lessons and also gratitude that a year of bad things happening is now over! So for 2017 my intention is the same as it has been for many years: “to be happy”. I set this intention every year and allow myself to be guided to explore things that make me happy and make my heart sing. So far I’ve felt a couple of pulls: I love to bake, so I’ve booked myself onto a cake decorating course; I love to sing, so I’ve booked six singing lessons, something I’ve wanted since I stopped singing seriously when I was 18. I’m also finally finishing my Reiki Master training, which I just didn’t feel drawn to until now.
So my guidelines for a successful 2017 are pretty simple and hopefully something you can apply to your life with success, bringing you positive change rather than something else to reflect on as a failure or a negative:
Happy New Year my Soul Pilates friends. Thank you for making every day a happy one for me, for providing me with friendship, laughs and learning. I am so excited for the year ahead and the journey we’re going to go on together. See you in 2017!
About the Author: Nic Conroy
Nic is the owner of Soul Pilates and a former Marketing Director who understands both the pressures of a hectic working life and the need to fit exercise in around other priorities. She is a qualified Polestar Comprehensive Studio Instructor with over 10 years Pilates experiences and a background in Personal Training and Reiki. She opened Soul Pilates on Queen Square due to the demand from her clients for a place in the city centre whereby you could re-energise via Pilates, especially on the Pilates Machines, in a dedicated, beautiful space.
Nic teaches many of the Mat and Equipment classes as well as focusing on rehab based 1-to-1s, specialising in chronic pain, within the equipment studio. Having recovered from neck and ankle surgery, she understands the frustration of wanting to be pain free and getting back to full fitness, and through Pilates she learned to move her body efficiently again and looks to use this same approach with her clients.