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39: New Year, Same You (and That’s Okay)

The month of January is fraught with social comparison, sky-high expectations, and toxic rhetoric as we all race to become the best version of ourselves and forget all about our mistakes from the past. Everywhere we look is someone selling us on the idea of “new year, new you.” Though this might be motivating for some people, we’d rather focus on the wonderful human being you already are.

In this week’s episode of Breathe In, Breathe Out, Krystal reminds us that we don’t need to completely reinvent ourselves every 365 days because we’re perfect just the way we are.


Think meditation is hard? Do me a favor: take a slow, deep breath in and now breathe out. Congratulations! You just meditated. Hi, I’m Krystal Jakosky and this is Breathe In, Breathe Out: a Weekly Mindfulness and Meditation Podcast for anyone ready to own their own shit…and find a little peace while doing it. 

We are here in the podcast studio again, and I’m just thrilled. I have Mama Cat just curled up in my lap. She’s happy and content she’s purring and her little claws just kind of are needing my leg. I have to remind her that there’s flesh underneath that cloth that she’s so happily cuddled up with me. It’s a new year. And you know, when we were little kids, we would anxiously await our birthdays. We were excited for the next morning when you’d wake up and you were 11 recently, my grandson turned 11. Yes, I’m a grandma. And, uh, it was a couple of days before his birthday and I asked him, what are you looking forward to? What are you excited about, about being 11? And he said, just being 11. I’m not 10 anymore. There was just something in his brain. That’s all he needed.  

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