“With the same habits, you end up with the same results. But with better habits, anything is possible.” If you know us, then you know that everyone here at Camille Styles is obsessed with James Clear. We regularly pull up his quotes at editorial meetings and pass on his inspiring words to colleagues. As a group of women each focused on their personal growth, his work is a lifeline that consistently inspires better habitsrituals and routines.
And while the choice may be cliche, I count myself among the perhaps thousands of people who choose to start rereading Atomic habits in the days leading up to the beginning of a new year. While the commitment to our personal growth may seem like just a fleeting, seasonal desire, focusing on self-improvement has shown me how much positive change I invited into my life in 2022. And with that reflection, I’ve become all the more motivated to build continue on my momentum in the coming year. Sound like a good way to kick off 2023? I thought so – and I’d love it if you joined me.
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Personal growth in 2023: It all starts with reflection
Today, as I reflect on all the positive growth and celebrate the ways I showed up this past year, I also welcome more opportunities to learn and change in 2023. In this moment of serious and significant personal growth, I would like to invite everything and anything that can influence my continued upward spiral.
As I hope and imagine is true for you too, Camille Styles has always served as a source of inspiration to help me live my best life, year after year. Visiting the site every day, I have learned how to build meaningful relationships, create a loving homeand fill my days with more joy.
But before we look ahead, let’s take a moment to reflect together. Below I share three questions that have helped me cut through the clutter and get to the heart of what I really want for my life.
3 questions to guide you towards meaningful change
- Do I like who I see? I will be the first to tell you that in life, your appearance is perhaps the least important thing about you. I let go of the decision to lose weight a long time ago because I learned that instead of serving myself, it only served to appease other people’s view of how I should be. Instead, I look for the more resonant details in the mirror. The bags under my eyes indicate a need for recommit to my sleep hygiene. My less than vibrant skin inspires me to drink more water and fill up on healthy fats. Look for what matters to you and let these indicators guide you toward healthier habits.
- Do I like how I feel? Do I have coffee at 15 every day? Does my workout leave me exhausted instead of energized? Reflect on how you feel in your body and in your mind. Paying attention to how I feel physically and mentally has helped me make small but significant changes that create transformative results.
- Do I like how I live? This is a broad question, but it gets to the heart of what you need to live the life you’ve always dreamed of. It affects your relationships, your work and how you spend your time. My advice? Keep a time book for a week. Each day, you must note the time and the activities that fill your hours. After seven days, reflect and reassess. What do you want to get rid of? What things would you like to create more space for?
Everything you need to experience personal growth this year
Now is the time to consciously shape the person you will become. On this very last day of the year, I have collected all the words, insights and expert advice that have contributed to my personal growth in the past year. From building a journaling practice to filling your meals with happy foods to creating a space you love and feel good in, below is everything you need to feel your best in 2023.
Try journaling – it might just change your life
I know you know: journaling is one of the best ways to invite positive change into your life. But as someone who had heard that advice forever and hadn’t put it into practice until a few months ago, I’ve found that there is infinite truth to the claim. Journaling can help you gain a sense of clarity, organize your thoughts, and lead you to revelations you might not otherwise have had. And here’s some more good news: it doesn’t have to be difficult. Start with a guided journal and just a few minutes each day. You will be surprised how much good it will do.
Trust in the power of manifestation
Like journaling, I was always skeptical of the practice of manifestation. Could imagining and dreaming of my best life really help me achieve it? In my mind, the concept competed with toxic positivity. But after speaking with a manifestation expert, I’ve realized that I couldn’t have been more wrong. When I asked Victoria Jackson, a certified mindset coach and the founder of The Manifestation Collective, how we can trust that practice actually works, she shared a few words that completely transformed my view of manifestation:
The goal is not always to have everything you want, but to BECOME the person you want to be first.
When we understand that we are in partnership with the universe (or whatever “higher power” you look to), we realize that we are always empowered to create the life that is available to us.
Lean on food as medicine
Often, one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions we make is to eat healthier. But what does that really mean? Sure, we can opt for salads in the rain or banish packaged foods from our pantries, but what does that accomplish? Instead, we want a mindset that welcomes all foods but focuses on those that help us feel our best. Sometimes it can mean make a smoothie in the morning. Or it could be enjoying a pizza night with your girlfriends.
The point is that a healthy life is one that is full of variety. Instead of depriving ourselves with strict food rules, what if we developed a kinder and more loving relationship with the foods that fuel our days and bring more joy into our lives?
Find practices that bring you joy
2022 was about romanticizing the small, seemingly mundane moments in my everyday life. Instead of drinking my coffee while plowing through my e-mail, I lit a candle to carefully enjoy the first morning light. Instead of being sucked into a weekend routine that never changes, I started seeking out news and new experiences in my city. The point is that we can always make a choice about how we spend our time. And personally, I’d rather fill my days with happiness-enhancing, joyful practices and habits that make me grateful for the life I’m living in this very moment. would you not?