The calendar of time has yet again flipped over, ushering in a New Year. Instead of making resolutions, I’m setting realistic goals. They’re not so much physical ones, but those that will hopefully give me peace of mind.
Happy New Year dear friends! I’ve been richly blessed this past year in so many ways. Even the not-so-great things that happened are blessings in disguise, from which life lessons are learned. I’m ushering in a New Year with fresh perspective, thanks to the solace found in my surroundings. Resolutions are merely made to be broken. They sound great at first, but the excitement wanes when reality hits you in the head like a ton of bricks. They’re simply not. so. easy. Ushering in a New Year should be filled with hope, desire, and a whole lot of faith. Faith in yourself. Faith that you can do anything once you set your mind to it. Goals should be tangible. Attainable.
I’ve grown very weary of the shallowness of the media. We’re influenced to act and look like someone that we’re most likely not. Year after year after year, January rolls around with TV commercials and infomercials flooding the airwaves and digital world with diet programs and exercise equipment. How many times have you, and your wallet, fallen for those enticing pitches to lose weight and get in shape, only to be let down or fail? Can’t they just please come up with something new to light a fire under us? Something not so predictable?
This is where we have to stop looking for answers outside of us. Look in the mirror, and say to yourself, it’s up to “me, myself, and I.” And own it!
Albeit not a simple cake walk, here is the short and sweet list of goals that I’m setting this New Year:
- The Log Home Kitchen has taken a back seat. It’s going back on top. Period. No more whims. No more extracurricular sidetracking. Enough said.
- This is a big one. Acceptance of myself as I am. They say we are our worst critics. Less worrying about getting it right, which binds me like a ball and chain, rendering me motionless to take action at times. It can be quite paralyzing. My goal is to lighten up. Can anyone relate to this?
- Less is more. This means I’m going to purge that which I’ve not used in the last two years. That’s a lot of stagnate energy. Placing things in the hands of others creates a positive win-win for both parties. There will be several trips to the humane society thrift store. By the way, I’ve done this many times before and it’s a miracle how de-cluttering opens space for new opportunity. Think about it. Definitely worthwhile.
This is plenty of focus for the year. Anything above and beyond will overwhelm and sail me into a deep state of depression. Not. going. to. happen.
While the snow continues to bury us like Eskimos here in the Northwest, I’ll reflect, savor, and begin creating again in my little corner kitchen of the world. Where do you find inspiration? Do you travel? Do you find it in your surroundings? Wherever you find it, dream big and don’t let grass grow under your feet.
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, and letting me share mine. Let’s make it the best year ever, shall we?
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