So, admittedly, I hate New Year’s Resolutions. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made PLENTY of them in the past that were of course ridiculous and almost impossible to achieve (hello going to the gym everyday – Not!). Then there were the years where I rebelled and announced I wasn’t making any resolutions this year, only to feel like I wasn’t an ambitious person and had no goals for my life. Talk about guilt-tripping myself! The whole tradition sets you up for failure in my opinion . . .Reflect on the past year of your life and think of ways IT could have been better or YOU could have been better then make resolutions to achieve those goals. And if you’re not successful, you’re left feeling like you failed, like your life isn’t quite as good as it could have been if only you were able to keep your resolutions? It’s a vicious cycle and life is hard enough without putting additional, unnecessary stress on ourselves.
But as I was taking our Christmas decorations down and searching Pinterest for a new printable to put in my frame, these 5 simple phrases, 10 beautiful words reminded me of what is truly important in life and that is why this will be the last damn New Year’s Resolution I make – like EVER!
I’m not going to lie, I do have goals, things I would like to do in 2015 (um, lose those 15 pounds I somehow gained), but in the grand scheme of everything that is going on in our world, none of them are as important as this:
* Living a Simple Life – a life that allows me to be present for my children and husband and have time to nurture them and myself.
* Dreaming Big – letting go of fear and having the courage to pursue aspirations outside my comfort zone and encouraging my children to never give up on their dreams.
* Being Grateful – not only starting each day with a grateful heart, but really looking at the most basic of elements in my life and appreciating them – a roof over my head, the health of my family, my husband’s job, and even children to drive me crazy!
* Giving Love – it kind of goes without saying that I will show love to my family and friends, but what about people I encounter everyday? At the grocery store, at my daughter’s school. A warm smile and a genuine “how are you doing” or “have a great day” can greatly impact a person and the type of day they are having.
* Laugh Lots – this one is super important to me. With a very Type A personality, I easily get caught up in my “to do” lists and can be hard on myself if something doesn’t go just as I planned. Laughter allows me to not take life or myself too seriously and reminds me to enjoy life, the good and the bad.
So, while I don’t care for New Year’s Resolutions, I am super excited for 2015 and can’t help but feel some sort of excitement and buzz for what this year will bring. That being said, I’m taking all the good from 2014 into 2015 and letting go of the bad. Life has so much to offer and I want to love and experience every minute of it. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you the same. Happy New Year . . . Wishing you the Best Year – EVER!