2016 is almost here, resolutions are about to be made, and shortly after they’ll be broken. Maybe that’s cynical, but it’s true. Last year, my resolution was to hand letter something every day. That didn’t happen (though, I did hand letter some throughout the year). I wanted to stress less and I don’t think that happened either, though I did learn how to relinquish control in some situations thanks to a completely unpredictable pregnancy.
This year, I have a one resolution: be happy.
There are a few ways to make this happen, but the main one I want to focus on is loving myself.
I can’t tell you how I’m going to do that yet, to be honest, but that’s part of my resolution. I have been so hard on myself about a lot of things and I think I’m finally ready to learn what it means to be happy with myself as I am today. That’s not an easy thing to do, but I plan on using this year as time to really learn how to love myself and make myself happy.
This isn’t to say that I’m not happy with my life now. I am! I have a wonderful family, a home, a job…I have everything I want and need but I am sometimes unable to enjoy that and cherish it because I stress out over a lot of things. I am always anxious about something and that is such a burden on me. By the end of the year, I want to learn how to not be anxious about everything.
As you make your New Year’s resolutions this year, I challenge you to come up with things that are attainable and worth while. Make resolutions that will impact your life past 2016. If you want to travel, make sure you’re making lifelong memories. Let those trips change you. If you want to lose weight, make that journey one of learning. Make sure your resolutions are impactful. Make the time you put into them worth it. Make 2016 the year your life changes for the better.