A new year, a new opportunity to practice kindness to yourself

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.massage therapy amanda portland
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How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along?

We’re three weeks in to the new year, and want to acknowledge how difficult it is to keep that shiny feeling of a new year, and, perhaps, the new you that you’d like to cultivate.

We’ve been hearing from lots of people how difficult 2014 was. We certainly had our share of transitions and challenges here at Watershed Wellness. These challenges have us thinking about how we can make 2015 even better! We’re looking forward to a year of stability and growth; bringing on new people and refining the things we already have in process.

The new year is a time that inspires both reflection on the last year, and looking forward to how we can make this year into something that we’re excited about. Some personal new year’s resolutions that we have here at Watershed Wellness include embracing change, furthering study, staying positively engaged with life, and keeping to our goals.

We’ve been thinking about why it’s so hard to keep those resolutions that we make this time of year.

Here are some of the things we came up with…

1. Old habits die hard.
2. We expect change to happen easily or quickly.
3. We ask too much of ourselves.
4. Why make a resolution anyway? Nobody ever keeps them.
5. We strive for perfection.
6. We just want something done without having to work for it.
7. We forget.
8. We focus on how things are, instead of how we want things to be.
9. Life gets in the way.

Despite our best intentions, life can be difficult, and we have to work against the grain to make positive changes.

It’s easy to be hard on ourselves for not sticking to something, but understand that change takes both time and effort. For example, around winter solstice there’s a feeling of lightness and anticipation as the days get longer. We have a feeling of happiness thinking about more light in our days. The light doesn’t come back all at once, but rather slowly as we move toward spring. Often the changes we’d like to make come much more slowly than we’d like them to.

Above all, be kind to yourself and know that usually we get another chance to get it right.

We wish you all the best in this new year, and hope that if one of your resolutions is to take better care of your self this year, you’ll consider Watershed Wellness as your go-to for great healthcare options.

Here’s to a great 2015!

Written by Amanda Barp


Regardless of whether I’m giving a relaxation massage or a more therapeutic focused massage, I emphasize a non-judgmental, safe environment for all of my clients. I enjoy sharing the knowledge of the body that I have learned in my training and hope that you will find your body and the way it works as fascinating as I do.