What Are You Committing To in 2015?

At every job, there comes a time when one needs to sit down with their superior and asses their contribution to the company they work for.  I strongly believe one needs to do the same with themselves on a yearly basis.  Life is about growth, improvement, advancement; it is also about finding a balance within our bodies as well as in our interpersonal and intrapersonal relations.  The business of being or managing oneself is not something to be taken lightly.  Every one of us is a CEO and the business is YOU.  It is your job to make sure all the departments (Health, work, finances, household, family relationships, friends etc.) run smoothly and at the end of the day you are accountable for every good or bad thing that happens.  If you pick up weight, it is due to your bad management.  Unfortunately or rather fortunately, in the business of being you one cannot fire themselves, we can only improve our management skills and how we run this business.

In any case, it is easy to ignore these things when one is still young.  My job here is to remind you that whatever you do in your youth affects the quality of your health once you get to middle age.   Live well and make conscious decisions today so that you don’t suffer from chronic illnesses in your mid 40’s!  Let’s look closely at the art of balancing….

According to Janet Maccaro on the book A Woman’s Body Balanced by Nature (one of my favourite books, I read it every year), there are three essentials of balance; body, mind and spirit.  If these areas are not properly managed one struggles to find true balance:

Body – Balance the body using nutrients that are specific for detoxifying, balancing and strengthening the systems of the body.

Mind – Make a conscious choice to be well, taking the time and effort to heal past and present emotional wounds.  Practice forgiveness, and develop an attitude of gratitude on a daily basis.

Spirit – Develop and maintain a personal relationship with your Creator.  Nurture your soul, for you are a spiritual being having an earthly experience!

To find this balance one needs to look at the daily activities.  Small adjustments can lead to a happier, more balanced you.  With that said, I’ll give you an example of some of the things I plan to adjust and commit to this year….

  • Be mindful of what goes into my body.
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables. Snack on apples, pears, oranges, and carrots. Make a lot of salads.
  • Drink more water.
  • Increase consumption of seafood >>>get that omega 3
  • Take multivitamins daily.
  • Have a bowl of fibre-rich cereal in the morning e.g. Bran flakes, Weetbix, Oats
  • Cut down on sweets, chocolate and chips.
  • Cut down on coffee to one cup per day, in the morning.
  • Drink more green tea, twice of three times per day.
  • Drink alcoholic beverages in moderation >>>Drink classy.
  • Stop driving on the bus lane during peak traffic no matter how late I may be. Rather leave the house early.
  • Drive within speed limits to avoid fines and pay fines on time to avoid getting a warrant.
  • Participate in a 10km run once or twice a month >>>Invest in proper running gear.
  • Lose 1 kg per month until I reach the ideal weight for my height, 55kg >>>>Be skinny thick.
  • Read and finish at least one book per month >>>>Work on improving my vocabulary.
  • Exercise on the stepper at least 30minutes per day >>>Destress, Tone and Get that JLo Glow!
  • Commit to waking up early and meditate.

My list is long but some points are too personal to be shared on this platform.   However, one needs to sit down with oneself and do that assessment (some sort of introspection) in order to identify the areas to work on and commit to.  There are things in life that no one can do for ourselves but ourselves and if we need to grow and attract more positivity in our lives, then we need to strive for that true balance by making those necessary changes no matter how uncomfortable they are.   If you haven’t compiled your list yet or are struggling with doing your own assessment of how you manage yourself, I can’t think of anything better to motivate you than the passage below by Tata Nelson Mandela from a letter he penned down to Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela in 1975.  The letter is cited from the book, Conversations with Myself.

“In judging our progress as individuals we tend to concentrate on external factors such as one’s social position, influence and popularity, wealth and standard of education.  These are, of course, important in measuring one’s success in material matters and it is perfectly understandable if many people exert themselves mainly to achieve all these.  But internal factors may be even more crucial in assessing one’s development as a human being.  Honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, pure generosity, absence of vanity, readiness to serve others – qualities which are within easy reach of every soul – are the foundation of one’s spiritual life.  Development in matters of this nature is inconceivable without serious introspection, without knowing yourself, your weaknesses and mistakes.  At least, if for nothing else, the cell gives you the opportunity to look daily into your entire conduct, to overcome the bad and develop whatever good in you.  Regular meditation, say about 15 minutes a day before you turn in, can be very fruitful in this regard.  You may find it difficult at first to pin-point the negative features in your life, but the 10th attempt may yield rich rewards.  Never forget that a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.”

The details in this letter speak life to me and I hope they motivate you as well!  Let’s do a better job of being our own CEO’s and strive for that true balance in 2015!

About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

Comments ( 2 )

  • Such a great piece. I have learnt so much about life this year by just taking the time to listen to myself instead of always only being worried about what others think. I wish this lesson was easier to learn when we were younger.

    • Hi Rose,

      When we are younger we want to fit in with the “cool” crowd. We tend to be conformers. Individuality for some of us comes with age and life experience. Let’s have an awesome 2015 hey! Xx!

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