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A Resolution-less New Year

There are only three days left in this year. And today is almost over. So it’s really more like two and some change. But I digress. In a few short days, we are going to be entering into this new year. Actually a new decade. Are you ready?

People always hype up the New Year. They have all of these plans, goals, habits that they’ll start, habits they’ll stop, and the list goes on. People look at it as a new beginning. And many of us are desperate for just that. The chance to get it right this time. 

As for me, I’ve never been a resolution girl. January 1st has never really held any magic for me, and the resolutions that I’ve set in the past never actually came to fruition. You know that group of people that is crowding the gym the first few weeks in January, but then is nowhere to be found in March? Yep, I’m the ringleader of that group. It’s not that I don’t have good intentions, it’s just that New Year’s resolutions always make me feel so much pressure, and the pressure makes me inconsistent. So yeah, resolutions are a no for me. At least on January 1st.

Anyway, with that in mind, instead of resolutions, at the beginning of each year I assign myself a theme. I’ve had a ‘fear’ year that was dedicated to facing my fears. I’ve had a ‘no worry’ year, that was supposed to help me not worry so much (pretty sure I’m going to need a repeat of this theme), so yeah, you get the picture. Well I’ve decided on my theme for next year. I want to announce it here first. So yes, this is exclusive. Are you ready?

The theme is…

Drumroll please………

This year I’m going to focus on gratitude!! This means being thankful for the things that I overlook on a daily basis. This means not grumbling about my circumstances when there are others who are much worse off than me. This means realizing, no-one owes me anything, so any kind thing that anyone does for me, is a gift.

I chose this theme because lately I’ve found myself having a ‘grass is greener’ attitude. I’ve been thinking about choices I’ve made and wondering if they were the right ones. Honestly, I’ve been thinking pretty negatively, especially about my career. My brain has been wasting so much time on that negative space, that I’ve run out of room for gratitude. I know from experience that having gratitude pushes all of that negativity and doubt out. That’s what I need this year, so that’s what I’m going to focus on.

I’m going to help those around me, especially those who can’t help themselves. I’m going to read books that promote this theme. I’m going to make a concerted effort to focus on the things that I overlook everyday and be grateful for them. It’s not going to be easy, and I know I’ll mess up, but that’s the good thing about a theme. It’s not about a final result, it’s about a positive progression. And that, I can do. I’ll keep you posted as the year progresses. So what about you? Are you #teamresolution? If so, what’s your resolution? Do you do themes? What’s your theme? Let me know! I’m doing recon for next year!

Make life sweet and learn all you can.

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