The New Year has commenced, and as usual everyone is ready to make new resolutions. How many times have you done that only to find your enthusiasm fading by February? I decided to start my resolutions earlier, and just get more excited around the New Year!
The things I started working on are:
- Mindfulness – I started meditating and counting my blessings every morning.
- Saying “No” – I am a people pleaser, and I will take on more than I can handle if I know it would make someone else happy. Not anymore, I only do things if I can do them comfortably.
- Dressing up more often – I have so many things that I “save” for an occasion, and end up not wearing something more than twice. If there isn’t an event coming up, I make my own! Which is the first half of the next resolution…
- Host more – I love houses that always have people coming in, it just feels more alive, and so I started hosting more gatherings at my home.
- Praise my kids more – I always catch myself focusing on the negative things my kids do, and I want to stop that. My new vocabulary includes “You can do it”, “You are my hero”, “You are the best”. “You make me happy”.
- Stop spending mindlessly – I want my kids to have everything, and I realized that everything to them isn’t toys, its what we do with toys (or wooden spoons, or brooms” together. They don’t need the newest toy; they need a new perspective on how to have fun.
- Volunteer – To get, you have to give.
A New Year is a great time to re-evaluate what happened last year and build on it, small things accumulate into bigger things, changes don’t have to be dramatic, even the most subtle shifts can have profound results. Start with changes you can keep, and watch the miracles happen in your life.
I hope you have a great 2015!