My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them. #kerouac.

Late in the year, it’s difficult to maintain our convictions. Holiday travel, eating, and time with family have a way of disrupting our routine. So how are we to maintain our consciousness lifestyle and wellbeing during the holidays?

I would like to propose enlivening your life with passion that trumps temptation.

2018 was a hard year for me. After testing my cortisol and sex hormones using the #DUTCHtest, I saw that my cortisol levels were chronically low. This happens when you overexercise, don’t properly nourish the body, and abuse caffeine. Along with working on my #guthealth (I had leaky gut and #SIBO), I had to fall in love with the one thing I never gave myself enough of: REST. It’s not easy to change your lifestyle from hard-charging, to recovery mode, but I made the choice to give myself love and devotion.

I fell in love with my routine of 8-9 hours of sleep at night, mastered my daily stretching and self-massage work, and devoted myself to #meditation. Although these things were not as “fun” as daily #fitness, they were things that I knew would improve my life in the long-haul.

Just as the temptation to overeat and overextend ourselves during the holidays is strong, we must have conviction in our longterm goals. We need to discover how much is too much, and how we can be our best selves without losing our routine and sanity.

I propose finding your purpose. If you are to help others live their best lives, you need to start with yourself. To honor others you must honor yourself and what you personally need. Now is the busiest time of the year. So set your expectations for fun and joy, and with those, be realistic of your time commitments, travel, and busy work schedule. Honoring your health goes a long way. It shows others how to properly nourish their own lives, while giving you what you need to be your best self.