Let’s Make 2018 the Year of Being Conscious Strong™! It All Starts Here


January is always a great time to make a fresh start!

There is an amazing energy in the air this time of year. Everyone I talk to, it seems, is hyper-focused on self-improvement and making positive changes to set themselves up for success in the New Year.

Of course, creating the right habits that will make you feel like the best version of yourself—your Conscious Strong™ self—ultimately depends on setting yourself up for success.

You’ve probably heard that only 8% of those who make New Year’s resolutions successfully keep them. That’s not because 92% of people who make resolutions lack willpower.

It’s because the journey towards self-improvement and happiness is a delicate process. And most people who resolve to start (or stop) doing a particular behavior, don’t give enough thought to the steps they need to take to achieve their goal. They seem to think it’s enough to say they are going to do something.

But successfully developing an entirely new habit takes time, effort, and most of all, intention. So, if you’ve already broken that New Year’s resolution, the good news is you don’t have to wait until next January to try again.

You can recommit right now! This time, though, think smaller. Map out the small steps you can take everyday or each week to move you closer to your big goal.

As I entered 2018, focused on the love surrounding me, I realized that it is time to connect more deeply to my inner self. I want to project the love and beauty within, so my 2018 journey towards happiness is all about self-care.

Sure, there will be hot yoga sessions, retreats, massages, and spa days. But my real focus this year is making small daily efforts toward self-care. I encourage you to follow me on my journey during the next 100 days (as we know, it takes at least 100 days to develop a new habit). Consider what you can do to care for your beautiful self today and everyday!


Here are my steps to being Conscious Strong™ in 2018:


1. 5 Minutes of Meditation Daily

When we meditate, we turn inward. The goal of this practice is to slow down, tap into that inner sense of peace, and focus the mind. Learning to stop the constant chatter in our own minds takes consistent, daily practice. It is difficult, especially at first. That’s why I’m starting with 5 minutes.

No matter what I have going in my life or work, I know I can spare 5 minutes to focus on turning inward.


2. Making Movement Central to My Daily Routine

What does this mean? Well, I’m a Pilates instructor, so obviously, Pilates is the first thing that comes to mind when I think about movement. There’s no doubt that this is a big part of my daily routine and work with clients.

But in my focus on daily self-care, movement also means taking the time to move my own body just for me. That could mean taking a walk to clear my head between clients or shutting the door to my office and having a private dance party.


3. Journaling Daily

The third step on my journey to being Conscious Strong™ in 2018 is keeping a daily journaling practice. Even spending just a few minutes at the end of the day to write down what went well or what wins I had will help me stay motivated, grateful, and focused.

Can you make time during your day jot down your thoughts? It only takes a few minutes when you wake up, at the end of the day, or even while you wait for your lunch date. You will be surprised at what you learn from this small exercise.


What small steps can you take towards happiness this year?

Follow my journey during the next 100 days and let’s support each other!

If your personal journey also includes focusing on self-care, I’d love to help you become Conscious Strong™ in 2018. The first retreat of the year is coming up February 16-18 at the Fearrington Village Center in Pittsboro, NC. Sign-up today to Move Better, Feel Better, and Live Happy!

The second retreat of the year is the Italy trip and if last year was any indication, this May's trip is going to be incredible! Checkout the Testimonials page and read about the Italy Retreat.

Lauren McClekrin