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The Track Forward

Photo by Michelle Rose Photo for MELISSA WOOD HEALTH

As summer comes to an end and life returns to a “routine” (2020 version), the perfectionist in me is telling myself to get back on track. My mind goes to getting my life organized, getting the kids ready for school, getting back in my own personal daily swing, etc. In all honesty, it’s just daunting. I have been feeling this heavy weight on my shoulders to get my shit together and it’s suffocating and paralyzing (aka the opposite of what I want to achieve).

So, as I stood knee deep in unpacking everything from the summer, I had this thought come over me…what if we change the narrative here? What if I stop focusing so much on getting back on that track? That track is no longer here. Let’s build a whole new freaking track for where we are in our lives right now, today. 

This idea of a brand new track was a total mind shift for me. I decided to take my attention off of what worked pre covid times and just allow myself to be right where I was. It was something that I had to share, as even just in writing this out I felt pressure lift off of me. 

Things are different right now, there is no avoiding that. Let’s pave a new path for ourselves instead of focusing on the path that served us before. One day at a time, the only way is forward.

Here are some things that have helped me personally in creating a whole new damn track: 

  • Limiting time on social media. Wow. This is a game changer…
  • Multitasking less and being present with what’s right in front of me
  • Prioritizing sleep (electronics entirely off at least 30 minutes before bed)
  • Mindfully consuming meals (sitting down without your phone in your face and actually chewing your food…it’s quite amazing how satisfying your meals are when you actually taste what you’re eating)
  • Showing up for myself every day, even if it’s for a 5 minute meditation or a quick effective flow. I swear, even a few minutes will shift your mood in the most unimaginable ways when you keep committing to carving out time for you

It’s not going to be perfect, and that’s ok. Putting the added pressure on yourself of trying to get back to “normal,” however, is not going to help. Start your new track today. We got this.


  1. Iris Palermo Reply

    Melissa you are an amazing woman I ❤️ how real you are! I am so great full to have found you. Prior to you I never thought yoga or meditation was for me and that it was different. Since I found you I couldn’t imagine my life without it. 🙏🏻

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