I feel like I’m starting 2017 a week late. The kids having last week off really threw me off. Add in being sick and I’m officially starting 2017 a week late.
So…here’s my mini rant…
I don’t do the whole resolution thing. To me, resolutions are things that are easily broken. Not because we don’t try our hardest. And not because we set out to break them. But mostly because they are the things we don’t really think about. And if life starts to get overwhelming, resolutions are the first thing to go. Because we don’t have to follow them…they are just something we think we want to change.
Then there’s the whole, “New Year, New Me” philosophy that I’m not a fan of. The whole concept just sets us up to believe that there’s something wrong with who we are in the first place. I don’t think that we should change ourselves just because it’s the new year. And we shouldn’t change ourselves because we think that we have to. It’s one of those things, I think, where we make resolutions or have the mindset that we have to become someone we’re not because we don’t love ourselves in the first place.
So here’s my thing…make resolutions or make changes to yourself because you WANT to, not because you feel like you’re forced to change. Somehow we all have to learn to love ourselves the way we are and to make goals and resolutions to achieve the things we want out of life instead of making resolutions because we think we believe we should.
So no, I haven’t made any resolutions. I’m trying to focus on making goals and finding the steps I need to take to achieve those goals. But I did do something a little different this year, something I learned from my yoga classes. At the beginning of each class, I set an intention or have a mantra for that particular practice. Just a simple word or phrase to focus on. I thought it would be fun to incorporate that into my daily life. So, for 2017, I decided to give myself a mantra…a word to focus on when the days are long, the kids are crazy, or life just decides to throw a bunch of curve balls my way. For me, this year is about hope.
Hope for today, hope for the future, hope for the kids, and hope for my family. Hope for all aspects of my life, hope for the lives of others, and hope for our world…because let’s face it, the world needs a little hope.