Good Morning Friends,
As 2015 comes to a close, I’m sure many of us are anxiously awaiting a fresh start to 2016. New Years resolutions are at the forefront. Typically, we make resolutions such as “I will stop eating chocolate”. “I want to lose 10lbs” Or , “I am going to stop cussing” (that might have been mine last year 😉 )!
Why are our resolutions always about giving something up? Let’s spin it differently this year and try to gain some more wisdom…after all, we are here to learn. Below are some quotes that I love and that I feel are indicative of new beginnings and fresh starts.
“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals”.
Love this one. Instead of giving things up, set goals! Get a vision board going of what you would like to accomplish in 2016. This can range from learning Spanish to moving to a larger apartment.
(Sidenote: Melody Beattie also has a wonderful little book out that I have had for years, and still refer to daily. It’s called “The Language of Letting Go”. I HIGHLY recommend it for daily inspiration).
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself , changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something”.
The above quote is my favorite. How can we ever grow and learn without making mistakes? Geez, I’ve made plenty, but those regrets give us strength and wisdom. Nothing is worse than being stagnant. So try new things, take a leap of faith. You won’t always have the answers , things won’t always work out magically and wonderfully, but at least you tried it and you will definitely learn something from it.
“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties”.
This is going to be one I refer to often. It is so easy to allow the mundane, daily chores of life get in the way and drag us down. Our emotions sometimes go through the wringer, but if we really try and remain positive and just stay happy, things will work themselves out. This is not an easy feat, but I am up for the challenge! Are you?
“To have the kind of year you want to have, something has to happen that you can’t explain why it happened. Something has to happen that you can’t coach”.
– Bobby Bowden
This. I love this.
I feel like a lot of that has happened for me in 2015, and continues to move into 2016, that I often stop and try to figure out the “hows”. It’s scary to not have a plan, to feel like every time we *think* we’ve got things under control, we receive another curveball. To not know just how, why, where & when...but, it’s also beautiful. So instead of stressing about it, I am embracing it and trusting the universe in where it wants me to go. Does that mean it’s right? No. But maybe yes. So try and do the same …drop those preconceived notions of what is “right” and what is “normal”..it’s YOUR path, and yours alone.
I will tell you mine. This is my vow for the New Year, in the words of my wise father …he ALWAYS says to me:
“Lisa, it’s your life. Just be happy. Do what you gotta do , and don’t give a shit what anybody else thinks”. Wise man, eh?
But, he’s right! It is NOT selfish to do that what is right for you, and it does not matter if what’s right for you is not right for anybody else, or if they don’t understand it. You can’t always explain what goes through your mind & your heart and guess what? Most people will not resonate with your feelings anyway; And that’s perfectly ok! Shake it off, move on. Easier said than done, BELIEVE ME, I know! As long as it is working for YOU, they don’t need to get it. It’s your path, and paths don’t often go straight to the destination. There are many unexpected twists & turns. Embrace it, accept it, be happy, and don’t give a shit what anybody else thinks or says! (I guess last years resolution didn’t stick so well about not cussing)!
Have a wonderful New Year!
Love & Light,