Happy New Year! Every year I sit down, make resolutions that I try to keep- sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing. What this is though is a time to think about the last year, remember the good and the bad, what has held you back and helped you grow, the hellos and goodbyes, and everything in between. This was a year of ups and downs, but you have to take the good with the bad. And that is what this year has taught me.
This year has also taught me that I need to remember that I am stronger then I think I am. That I need to follow my dreams, no matter where they lead me. That I can accomplish much, even if I am not able to accomplish everything that I wish I could. It has also taught me that there sometimes comes a time when you have to let go of things that you are comfortable with in order to grow. That endings are difficult, but sometimes necessary. And that your true friends will stick with you to the end.
In this vein I want to try something different this year. I don’t want to give myself specific goals that I will most likely fail due to lack of time, direction, or life. Instead I want to give myself broad ideas that I can work with and grow throughout the year in order to be a better person and happier with myself. And I want to share those with you in case they possibly could inspire you.
1) This year I want to take chances on things that have the potential to make me happy. I want to stop being scared of failing, or even scarier yet success. I want to take risks and watch them pay off – either in lessons or success. This isn’t limited to just my career either. I want to make this a way of life.
2) Become a happier person. I want to be comfortable with who I am, physically, emotionally, and mentally. The path to this is harder to describe. But it involves getting certain aspects of my personality under control, including things such as what I call the Paranoia Monster.
3) Create. It can be writing poetry, knitting, photography, scrapbooking, jewelry making. But I want to take the time and create something on a regular basis. Sometimes I get so busy that I forget to create just for the joy of making something.
I think those are enough for this year. Three big picture ideas that I think will make my life better and as a result make me a happier person.
What are you going to do to make 2013 a year to remember?