A recurring discussion in the New Year among my friends and I has been the idea of having a word or mantra to live by for the year. Friends have chosen words and mantras such as “fearless,” “be real, eat mindful,” and “mind, body & soul,” for both themselves and their blogs to keep focus and direction. After a lot of thinking and reflection on areas of my life where I need to refocus or make improvement, I have decided that my mantra for the coming year will be “be flexible” (after it found its way on my vision board, it was really only a matter of time).
Flexible is defined as “capable of bending easily without breaking,” “able to be easily modified to respond to altered circumstances or conditions,” and “ready and able to change so as to adapt to different circumstances.”
Flexible and flexibility are words that have recently been coming up a lot in my life. Not only do I need to work on my flexibility in the gym to help improve my performance and prevent injuries, but I also need to work on my flexibility in other aspects of my life.
As you babes know, I am super injury prone when it comes to my joints (right knee surgery x2, left knee medial meniscus tear, and left shoulder rotator cuff impingement). So although it took me far too long to learn this lesson, I've finally learned the importance of flexibility training and that proper stretching and flexibility can help prevent the recurrence and symptoms of these injuries. I had always believed that flexibility training was solely to be able to touch your toes or do a split but I had no idea I was so wrong. Flexibility training can correcting muscle imbalances, increasing joint range of motion, decreasing the excessive tension of muscles, relieving joint stress, maintaining normal functional length of muscles, improving neuromuscular efficiency, and improving function. Moving forward, I am committing to making this a daily part of my fitness routine (and if you ever see me skipping the stretch in class, please call me out). After all, in order to be flexible, I will need to actually put in the work with lots and lots of flexibility training.
Outside of the gym, I’m usually the kind of person that once I get an idea in my head or know how I want something done, I have trouble seeing and understanding that things can be done differently. I generally have a lot of trouble being able to easily change and respond to different circumstances or adapt to different conditions. This is something that has started having a negative impact on almost all areas of my life from work to my personal relationships. I have learned that not only does being flexible and adaptable just generally make things easier, but it also allows me to enjoy what is going on around me that much more, once I remove the concern around how it “should” have been done or how I had planned. Being flexible will also improve my performance in the office and improve the quality of content I am able to provide for all of you. For me, being flexible in my legal career will mean being able to increase my productivity at work by being less regimented about what type of work gets done when. Being flexible with content for TSC means writing from my heart rather than following a pre-set or established schedule, especially when things happen in my life that I hope are both relatable, inspiring, and educational for you all.
So this year, I am hoping that “be flexible” will help me achieve great things. Do you babes have mantras or words to help you shape and define this year? If so, I’d love to hear them!