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Navigating New Beginnings & Embracing the Emotional Roller-coaster

As the calendar flips to 2024, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of fresh starts and new possibilities. 


Let’s dive into some of the common struggles and how to navigate them…


1.) The Expectation Trap


We all know the drill – the new year comes with a barrage of expectations. Whether it's setting resolutions, envisioning a transformed you, or aiming for ambitious goals, the pressure to "do it all" can be overwhelming. The truth is, it's okay not to have everything figured out on January 1st.


You’ve heard this before or read it on a cheesy country kitchen sign, but the truth is the journey isn’t about the destination. It’s about all the times between here and there. 


A friend just reminded me that these are the “good ole days”


So embrace where you are with kindness. Life’s about progress, not perfection. 


2.) Comparison Blues


Scrolling social media makes it so easy to fall into the comparison trap.


Everyone seems to have their lives perfectly curated with goals achieved, gym routines in full swing, and the picture-perfect new year.


Remember, social media is a highlight reel, not the full story.


Your journey is unique. Celebrate your wins, no matter how small. Especially when you’re tempted to compare how you feel inside to what their life looks like from the outside!


3.) Fear of Change


The prospect of change, even positive change, can make us feel anxious. Stepping into the unknown, setting new goals, or pursuing dreams can be downright scary. 


It's normal to feel uneasy about what lies ahead.


4.) Reflecting on the Past


As we embrace new beginnings, it's natural to reflect on the past year. Sometimes, that reflection brings up feelings of regret, unfulfilled goals, or missed opportunities. 


Be kind to yourself; growth takes time.


5.) Feeling Lonely


While everyone seems to be celebrating, some of us may feel a sense of loneliness or isolation. Whether you're navigating personal challenges or missing loved ones, it's okay to acknowledge those emotions.


Connection is a powerful antidote to loneliness.


You might feel like you don’t want to or can’t reach out to support, but if you tap the right person, connection can be transformative in these moments. 


I'm here to listen and support you.


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