I’ll Start Fresh Tomorrow

Saying things like, “I’ll start my new diet on Monday,” or “I’m moving in a month and then I’ll start working out” are generally excuses to not to try and achieve your goals. You can find a million reasons to start something later. You can find a million reasons to not start at all. But there is something to be said about utilizing new beginnings and fresh starts. My favorite fresh start comes in a move into a new home. Walking into an empty home that will soon be mine is so hopeful. You start thinking of what to bring with you, what to get rid of, what should be replaced, new things all together. My favorite part is getting rid of extra. Extra clothes, extra shoes, extra kitchen stuff. And junk. You fill the space you have and we are currently living in a really big apartment going to one about half the size and we have accumulated so much junk in our time in the big space.

Another important thing about our new home is the fact that I have claimed a space for myself. I have been living with my partner for almost three years in three different homes. I had my own space in the first house but not the last two apartments. It’s hard to feel like yourself when you don’t have anything or anywhere that is truly only yours. But in this new home there is a window that looks out at the most perfect mountain and I wanted it! I got a desk and a tapestry and have a whole altar planned where I can do yoga and meditate. And I’m pretty excited about all this!

The new house also means a new routine. My mornings used to be sacred. A few years ago when I started my fitness journey I sacrificed my mornings for workouts and rushing to work. No more. I am reclaiming my mornings. I plan to slow down, wake later and easier, spend more time on self-care, do a workout that I actually enjoy and can handle. Right now before even moving in that routine looks something like waking up around 7am, having a hot beverage- probably tea or this grapefruit and apple cider vinegar drink I have sometimes, writing some sort of plan for the day whether it’s a to-do list or just a few intentions for the day, having my favorite green smoothie, a workout, a coondog walk and get ready for work. My ideal workout is something like Buti yoga, power vinyasa yoga, Zumba etc. I haven’t been able to get my ass in the gym lately but that is a separate post all it’s own.

Getting ready for work is something I want to take back as well. I love makeup. I stopped wearing it all together for a year or so and am starting to get back into it. It’s hard to find makeup that lives up to the standards I’m looking for but I’m making progress. I am torn however because my job is to sit in front of a computer pretty much alone all day and rarely do I do activities after work that call for makeup so it’s hard to justify spending the time and money. But I enjoy it and reserve the right to do it when I want and not do it when I don’t because woman. I want infinite money for clothes. I would get rid of most of my current clothes; I just basically want all new stuff.

What else is there to talk about with the new home? I get to start fermenting again! We have a big pantry where I can stash jars of smelly vegetables and kombucha if I can get a good scoby. We get to go on much better walks with the coondog. There is a trail about 20 minutes walk from the house then about a 15 minute very steep climb to some caves that I am going to try to do most days once the snow melts- high incline is good for the booty! I am closer to more activities and events that I am very interested in especially artistically. Our friends live in the same community. I’m very excited for plenty of new opportunities.

I believe you should seize any chance to start something new no matter when it is presented. But if you know you need to make some drastic changes, there is no harm in putting it off for a time that you know is more conducive to change. It gives you time to plan and set yourself up for success and get more excited about it!

Update: 4/3

Well since I never actually marketed or announced this post, I’m going to add an update and promote it now. For someone with a public relations degree, I’m not great at relating my message to the public. Anyway.

This is our second week in the new house. We spent our first night here on my birthday and have enjoyed it ever since. There are a few pictures left to be framed and hung but it has all been done for a while. The energy and vibe is incredible. This move 25 minutes north is like a totally different culture. The way this valley is set up is interesting. So it is all based on the industry Mt. Crested Butte brings, skiing in the winter and wildflowers, biking and hiking in the summer. Mt. CB primarily holds the resort and very expensive homes for rich and famous, including Tony Hawk, Bill Murray, David Letterman and Angelina Jolie. No I’ve never seen or met any of them but they are here. Then the town of Crested Butte holds mostly locals and second home owners and the shopping and night life of the town. I live in CB South which has virtually no enterprise, only housing. All of these communities are within 15 minutes of each other. These three groups could be self sustaining but it’s a bit of a challenge being as remote as we are. Twenty-five minutes south of CBSouth is Gunnison. This has a large chain grocery store, a small Walmart and Western State Colorado University. In my time here it seems like the University brings as many people as the resort, only because after people graduate they either never leave or come back and buy homes later. But the people in Gunnison, don’t necessarily want to be in Gunnison. It is definitely more expensive the farther north you live in the valley but you get a much better pay off with the views and access to nature and adventure.

That being said, the people up here have much less to complain about. Which is something we fell prey to in Gunnison. It was a 45 minute to an hour ordeal just to get to the mountain to ski, which meant is was a whole day affair. It wasn’t worth it to go up, hit a few runs before work and get on with your day. And forget about getting some drinks and dinner and driving home.

Now that you have a picture of the valley, the real point of this update is the level of relaxation and peace I have already been able to achieve. The reclaiming of my morning has gone extremely well. I need to work on the timing a bit if I want to utilize the free bus to save gas money and wear and tear but it’s not a huge issue thus far. And the altar is beautiful and my yoga practice is already flourishing! I can’t wait to see what amazing creations flow from this new state of flow I am cultivating!

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Author: Taylor

In 2001 I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. I was nine years old. At the time, that meant medication for the rest of my life- immunosuppressants for sure, Crohn's specific drugs and steroids on and off when needed. Never did anyone discuss my diet with me, other than if it upsets your stomach don't eat it. End of story. Now being a preteen into teenage years girl, I wasn't so good at doing what I was supposed to do. I did not take my medication regularly and seemed to be doing fine while following the Standard American Diet with the caveat- if it hurts don't eat it. In 2009 at 17 years old I had a colon resection. No symptoms leading up to it, bounced back quickly- just one of those things that Crohn's patients have to do sometimes. College was not particularly healthy for me. Lots of drinking, plenty of take-out and not very much gym time. I was never really "sick" to my knowledge at the time, however, armed with what I know now, I was playing a dangerous game with my health. When I graduated college in May of 2013 I was 182 pounds at 5'7". Literally the day after graduation I began a transformative journey. All my knowledge was traditional bodybuilding stuff when it came to nutrition. Oats for breakfast, salad with a protein for lunch and chicken, rice and broccoli for dinner. Every day. For months. And it worked. I dropped pounds quickly and had so much more energy. I started off with P90X for my workout plan and eventually worked my way into weightlifting as well as keeping up with the program. Almost 1 year to the day of my original lifestyle change I switched to a Paleo diet to further manage my Crohn's. An amazing woman I worked with at the time introduced me to the concept and helped me immensely with the transition. I don't know where I would be without her. Paleo was a fairly easy transition and I noticed some great benefits very early on. Then I became acquainted with on-the-go snacks and treats that were made with Paleo ingredients. Just because the ice cream is made from cashew milk does not magically make it not junk! And that is where I am in my journey now. I am trying to regain balance between real Paleo foods- ya know, vegetables- and being able to indulge in the occasional treat. So my current focus is balance.

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