Do you make resolutions?
I love them. Each year for the past several years I’ve had many New Year’s resolutions. In 2018 and 2019, the overall theme was self-awareness. Self-awareness is the conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires. I was determined to be the best version of myself for myself and my family.
“New Year’s Resolutions come and go. Some we keep, some we don’t. In order to make lasting changes in our lives, we must first change our minds. We sometimes forget, and we often feel stuck, but we all have the power to do so.” Elizabeth Thornton
These are the resolutions I came up with for 2018, and then carried on into 2019:
- Declutter (I learned to ignore the voice in my head that said “maybe I’ll need this someday.”)
- Eat smarter (This one evolved into more home cooking. I became so much more able in the kitchen.)
- Be present and focus on those tiny, memorable moments.
- Take notice of what makes me anxious.
- Be still and thank God.
- Spend time wisely, getting better at quality productivity and focusing on quality time with my family.
- Spend much more time outside.
To hold myself accountable, I did weekly check-ins after I filled out my planner with activities & to-dos for the upcoming week. After a while, I finally felt my resolutions had become a part of my life.
In October, I challenged myself to find more white space.
“‘White space’ is that magical but sometimes elusive sense of stillness, clarity, and peace in our minds, hearts and souls. It’s accessed by removing the clutter and noise that tags along with a busy existence.” Kelly Anderson
I was finally done with the gardening for the year and found myself wondering what I could do to fill the gardening time. I chose to leave it open. That free time I forced myself to have was an incredible gift– which leads me to my 2020 resolutions:
- Look at them (everyone) like Jesus does
- Focus on Tasks and Projects One at a Time (a real struggle for my Enneagram 7 self)
- Show Grace
- Create White Space
- Continue Self Awareness
I’ve noticed changes already in my days and mood. I’ve also noticed changes in my family’s days and moods. We all have the power to change our lives and the lives around us by being resolution makers.
This year has had a beautiful, peaceful beginning.
If you haven’t thought about what you’d like to do with the gift of a brand-new year, start with what you’d like to do with the gift of a brand-new day.
Do you want to change something about your surroundings?
What can you do to become healthier?
Is there something you’ve been ignoring that desperately needs attending?
What is something you can do to help others?
Write them down, check in with yourself regularly, and enjoy the process.
Happy 2020, friends,
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson