I’m Planning To Elevate In 2018

I picture myself hiking up a grand mountain surrounded by beautiful trees, chirping birds, and wild animals. That peaceful sound of silence with the wind blowing through my hair. In some areas of the hike, you are the ONLY person on the trail. Revitalizing.

I know from experience when climbing a mountain, you can be overwhelmed by the gorgeousness of nature. That’s a good thing, because it helps you forget about the strenuous activity you are partaking in to scale the mountain.

Last year I came up with a word for 2017. It was reach. (On Wednesday, I’ll be sharing a post on how my 2017 word turned out.) When I started brainstorming what I want to achieve in 2018 and what my word for the New Year could be, I started thinking about climbing a mountain and how peaceful it could be.

And yet how tough climbing a mountain can be. With all the things, I am going to achieve this year, I decided the mountain image was perfect for inspiring my word because amidst how hard climbing a mountain would be, it would all be worth it in the end. I’ll make it to the top and look back, seeing how far I’d climbed. I’ll be happier, healthier, and more successful.

So I decided my one word for 2018 is:

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Elevate: | ˈeləˌvāt |

verb [with object]

Raise or lift (something) up to a higher position. • Raise to a more important or impressive level.  Increase the level or amount of (something.)

Why Elevate?

  • I want to get closer to God than I’ve ever been before and to do that I need to climb that Holy Mountain to get closer and spend quiet time with him. Because through that, I’ll be happier and more succesful.
  • I want to elevate to another level when it comes to creating relationships with people. I want people to see my genuine interest in them. Whenever I talk to someone, I want them to have my complete attention. So they feel loved.
  • I want to elevate my physical health and mental thought life so I’m an all-around better person.

What’s your word for 2018?

An Introduction, In Case You Don’t Know Our Long-Distance Relationship Story.

My name is Devin Joubert, which is pronounced “yo-bear” like if you were to say: “Yo! Bear, what’s up!” My maiden name (Berglund) is Scandinavian, so it was a big change to the french last name. But I love it all the same. I am from the American midwest and am usually asked about where I’m from because of my accent. I live in Fargo, N.D., yes, like the movie. (But, I don’t think we really talk like that.)

In 2010, I went to study abroad, on the Sunshine Cost of Australia. That’s on the East Coast, if you are unfamiliar with Australia’s geography.

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When there I met Johan, this funny boy with a cute accent and a laugh I couldn’t resist. We quickly became friends. And then a couple months before I had to go home to the States, Johan and I decided to take the jump to try and give a Long-Distance relationship a try. Continue reading “An Introduction, In Case You Don’t Know Our Long-Distance Relationship Story.”

Write A Letter To Your Fat Inner Child To Cut Back On Habits

In this journey to become the best and healthiest version of yourself you will be tempted by your Fat Inner Child. In this post, you will read about how you can start pushing back on your chubby little friend.

I want you to get out some paper and a pen. You are now going to write a letter to your Fat Inner Child. Tell them what you really think about them and how you are going to combat them. When you are done with the letter, put it where your temptations are. Do you have a cookie jar full of Mini Reeses Cups like I do? Then fold it up and put it in there. Do you binge watch TV shows all the time? If so, wrap the note around the remote control.

P.S. Be sure to share with your family what your note is. It might just encourage them to write a note to their Fat Inner Child.

Okay here goes mine.

“Dear Fat Inner Child,

I am writing this letter to you right now, because quite simply I am sick of you. I know you really couldn’t be bothered, because you love laying on the couch resembling a burrito wrapped in your favorite blanket binge watching Gossip Girl. You have all the sugary sweets and salty yumminess within arm’s reach. You extremely rather be doing that everyday rather than getting up to go for a run.

I know you’d probably rather scoop out as much food as you’d like onto your plate, even if you aren’t THAT hungry instead of sticking to the recommended serving sizes.

The thing is though, I’d rather not reap the punishment you deserve. I am not going to let you have control over my choices. I have a choice. I am not going to take on the pounds you aren’t willing to lose.

I will make you obey me.”

Okay, now it’s your turn! If you feel comfortable, share yours in the comments.