You can start over whenever you want

Happy New Year! (Even though it's May)

Happy Sunday and Happy New Year!

“Wait, did I read that right?”

Yes, you did, and that’s because I’ve decided that May is the month that I’m choosing to re-focus, re-settle, restart my routines and get my life back on track. (And by the way, boy is 2024 flying!)

What happened to my routines?

If you’re not new here to #TheLifeofJLOWE Sunday catch-up, you’d remember that last year in August I joined a Crossfit gym, and I was doing that consistently until about the end of November. I stopped going in November to study for an exam that I took in December and also to devote that weight-lifting time to running since I was training for the Miami marathon in January.

I always knew that I would go back, because I loved the challenge. I loved feeling like a beginner and learning new exercises. 🏋🏻

Okay, actually, let me re-phrase: I hated feeling like a beginner. But I loved the thought of being new to something and the challenge of slowly becoming comfortable with that feeling of being a beginner.

It’s good to put yourself on a new learning curve, especially as an adult when, if you’re not intentional about doing new things, you won’t really learn new skills because we’re creatures of comfort. We, as humans, like to stick to what we know.

Back to Crossfit means back to routine

My Crossfit gym offers a class-type of workout, so it makes it really easy for me to build it into my schedule rather than having too much flexibility with just going to “the gym” of my own volition. I’m by no means a gym rat, so I’m not there yet with being able to schedule my workouts and choose push and pull days and all of that, so having a coach and a class is perfect for me right now.

I pay for CrossFit monthly, so May 1 was my first day back. 😋

Why does back to CrossFit = New year?

It doesn’t. 😆 

This week, I also went to Brickell Run Club for the first time, and started to feel good in my body again since the marathon as a result. Also, I started going to therapy again last week Saturday.

More than that, I started praying in the mornings when I wake up, and I started going to church again. That’s really helped me to center myself and to begin to realize that hey, maybe it’s not just the universe doing things, or me manifesting things, but maybe it’s been the creator of the universe looking out for me this whole time? 🤔 

My faith played a huge part in my upbringing, especially during my teenage years, and I know I haven’t spoken about it on the newsletter before; and that’s because it’s felt distant since being in college. Re-connecting with that aspect of my life has helped me to re-center and gain so much clarity and peace with a lot that’s going on in my life right now.

Why does this all matter and why am I telling you this?

As I said at the start, I’ve decided that May is when I’m gonna get things back on track. So figuratively speaking, it’s kinda like it’s my "new year”.

In January (holy sh*t, that was 5 months ago🤯), I wrote about what I think about New Year’s resolutions and the main takeaway from that newsletter was that you can start anything at any point in time. It doesn’t even have to be the start of a month.

And that’s what I want to communicate again to you today.

If you’ve ever been so curious and clicked one of the blue bolded links, you’d realize that they take you to previous newsletter posts about those exact topics. I’ve noticed that in this newsletter in particular, I’ve linked back to at least 7 previous newsletters. 😳

I’ve linked back to 7 different times in my life and 7 different lessons that I learnt and wrote about.

And the beauty in that is to remind you that I’m right here learning alongside you, despite being the author of these newsletters. ✍🏻🧑‍💻

Living, Learning & Sharing the Lessons

If you’ve been following along since about January of this year, you would’ve noticed that I’ve begun to use the slogan “living, learning & sharing the lessons” for #TheLifeofJLOWE. I say that because that’s exactly what I do each week when I write to you.

I experience things, think about them, process them and share what I learn in the hopes that you can be inspired or take something useful away from my experiences too.

I’m not writing to say that I have it all figured out, but rather as a record of the things that I experience and the lessons that I learn, so that when I inevitably fall off of my routine, need a new perspective on something or just feel lost, I can re-read my own words and feel found.

Let this imaginary “new year” be an example of how that works.

In re-focusing my life this month, I’ve been able to look back at the things that worked and the lessons that I learnt in the past to be able to get back on track. I told you in January that you can set your resolutions whenever you want, and here I am today re-setting mine. Who cares what day or what month it is?

Conclusion

Another newsletter I’d include here is my piece on timelines. As adults, we are not on the same timeline as anyone. From age 0-16 maybe it’s easy to feel like you and your peers are on a synced timeline, but once everyone goes their separate ways, you gotta stop thinking about anyone else but yourself.

Stop thinking about staying in step with your peers, whether it’s related to a job or career, who you date, how you start your family, where you travel, where you live or anything related to who you are.

January 1st may always be January 1st, but your new year doesn’t have to be at the same time as anyone else’s.

The day you choose to better yourself, to wake up and start a new morning routine, to get yourself back into the gym, to go for your first run, to go to therapy for the first time - it’s up to you.

And the beauty of it? You can do it whenever you want.

There are no rules when it comes to being better, to establishing new routines, or to building new habits that get you on track to a healthier and happier life. And since there’s no rules, why not start today? Why wait?

Start your new year today, regardless of the date, because the sooner you set or reset those resolutions, work towards those goals and take control of your own life is the sooner that you’ll begin to live the life that you’ve always wanted to live. ☺️

Until next Sunday,

Justin

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