Happy New Year, team! Long post alert, but it’s a quick read! Promise.
We are ONE WEEK into 2016, and here’s what I’ve been thinking:
I love New Year’s resolutions. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a person who delights in them as much as I do. I love making a long list of goals and challenges, and then completely crushing all of them. I did a LOT of that in 2015. But in 2016, here’s what I want (for myself and for all of you)— GRACE.
A lot of folks get jazzed about the “New Year, New You!” idea. But here’s the thing… you don’t get a new you. The you in 2016 is the same you from 2015. And that you is WONDERFUL! So instead of obsessing about changing ourselves, maybe we can strive to be KIND to ourselves this year. That doesn’t mean we can’t set (and reach!) goals! Being kind to yourself can definitely include goals! Here are some other things it includes: - Taking care of your body. (Eat well, sleep enough, and strengthen your body. It’s the only one you get in this lifetime, so be nice to it.)
- Taking care of your mind. (Read a new book, do a crossword, or take a class that excites and challenges you!)
- Taking care of yourself emotionally. (Say nice things to yourself. You’re awesome and you deserve it.)
- FORGIVING YOURSELF. If you mess up, resist the urge to punish yourself!! Learn from the mistake, forgive yourself, and move on. The rest of us probably already have.
So go ahead and resolve to sweat more, eat your vegetables, read more books, wear more leopard print, and remember to put I before E except after C! But don’t do it because you want to change yourself. You are FANTASTIC. Reach for those goals because you LOVE yourself.
In 2016 may we ALL resolve to remember that you’re the only you you get! So BE NICE!! **Tag a friend who needs a friendly reminder and leave a comment sharing how you will be kinder to you this year!** (PS- sorry I’ve been MIA- I’m working on my comeback.)