HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Want a better 2019? Forget resolutions.
I am not a fan of setting unrealistic goals and unfair expectations. Instead of resolutions, I prefer reflection. Rather than find imperfection or dream of perfection, I seek real change. The beginning of a new year is a chance to see what is not working and focus on doing better. It is an opportunity for a reset.
In place of resolutions, I suggest we make promises. To put ourselves first. To find more joy in the everyday.
Time is not something we have, it is something we make. ~unknown
While tending to the people and responsibilities in our lives, it can become easy to cross ourselves off the list to make room.
- THE PROMISE OF PAUSE: Release the guilt and move You to the top of the list. Whether overdue health needs, a favorite hobby, or quiet moments for mind, body, and spirit, make time to care for yourself so you can go on to care for others.
There will be areas requiring attention and never-ending to-dos on the list, but do we ever question WHY we are doing them?
- THE PROMISE OF PURPOSE: Whatever brings joy – do more of that. Whatever does not – prioritize, delegate, simplify, or eliminate so you can spend your limited time and energy on what truly matters.
To let go does not mean to get rid of. To let go means to let be. ~Jack Kornfield
Keeping up with everyone and everything 24/7 via social media and news can leave us feeling inadequate, overwhelmed, and helpless.
- THE PROMISE OF PEACE: Release the excess. Simplify the information that crosses your path. Clean up your inbox. Detox your newsfeed. Create small steps to declutter your home. Unplug and unwind to make room in your mind, heart, relationships, and world.
A hurried pace creates a sense of chaos and stress and makes it impossible to focus. Details get overlooked. Time with others feels rushed.
- THE PROMISE OF PATIENCE: Breathe. Then breathe again, deeper. Do this until you are fully present. You have this one life! Appreciate the beauty of a moment. Accept the things you cannot control. Linger within the things you can.
Notice every PROMISE begins with the letter P and that two are missing?
Do not put PRESSURE on yourself to do it all every single day. Do not aim for PERFECTION in everything you do.
This is to be a New Year of Happy!
One of mindfulness. Of presence. Of making time for what matters. Of letting go of what doesn’t. A YEAR OF YOU.
Join me for A YEAR OF PROMISE!
Follow along as I focus on a different promise each month. This will not be some hard-core, paid program but a gentle exploration of changing how we view (and do) life. And in the end, maybe some parts will remain unchanged while others will be done in an entirely different way. The future is open, it is waiting, and it is all ours …
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