It was kind of an odd year. I feel like I came into 2016 expecting it to be the best year EVER, full of exciting and wonderful changes. In reality, very little changed. It was a year of great introspection, planning, and calculating for what I want these next few years. But maybe it still was the best year ever?
It’s no wonder that I craved so much change because 2015 had started horribly and consisted of nothing but awesome changes. I think I wanted 2016 to repeat that, but hardly anything changed. I had some little internal roller-coasters, but nothing earth-shattering. Overall, it was a good, calm, simple year. But I come to the end of it feeling like I didn’t REVEL in having a status quo that I can finally enjoy comfortably. And I should have done that. Too much stress and anxiety, not enough reveling!
So this year, I am actually giving myself a kind of “resolution.” I hate saying that because I hate resolutions. But I don’t want to make a list of goals for next year. What I want most of all is to ENJOY the moment rather than looking ahead at what I am “supposed” to do.
So this year’s resolution: STOP WITH THE “SHOULDs.” ENJOY THE MOMENT. ENJOY MY LIFE.
I’m saying no (mostly to my own wildly ambitious and unrealistic expectations.) No challenges, no monthly goals, no plans for the year, and way fewer to-do lists.
(I will do my seasonal manifestos since they had such an uplifting rather than stress-inducing effect on me this year.)
I am all about self-improvement, growth, introspection, hobbies, bettering yourself – ALL of that. But sometimes that becomes the focus instead of just loving yourself, loving your life, and living in the moment.
I’m sure the way I do this will change shape as time passes and as I grow – but that’s the whole point. This year, I’m making room for growth and accepting it as it comes, rather than shoving it down my own throat 😉
If you want to join me, let me know! Or share your own resolutions for the year!