I’ve always love the start of a New Year. I love sitting down and making lists of all I want to accomplish. (I also just love lists, period.) I used to make “resolutions” that I was going to to do X everyday and Y every month and never do Z…but over the last couple years, I’ve moved to a different direction in how I approach the New Year. No more resolutions. No more hard lines in the sand. Instead I set themes and goals. They’re more forgiving than resolutions (and giving yourself grace is important!), but I also find they help me improve in more areas than very specific I will’s and I won’ts.
2015 was Know & Grow Me; moving to Charlotte was a big part of that as was moving back to Winston-Salem. Growing my relationship with God was also a huge part of that. 2014’s mantra was Simplify. I did blog some specific ways I wanted to simplify that year but that mantra also helped me in so many areas of my life and helped me evaluate situations. 2013 was Thou Shalt Not Take Shit. 🙂 I focused on standing up for myself, speaking up, and asking for what I needed, both personally and professionally.
So what’s my mantra for 2016? My goals? I’m not sure yet. Usually I think about this days or weeks in advance of the calendar turning over, and December 31 arrived and then January 1 did, and it wasn’t until Meg asked what goals I was making this year that I realized I hadn’t even give it thought – and that was a HUGE realization that something had changed in me. I realized that instead of trying to change things or who I am or fix things or always make everything better, that sometimes it’s just okay to just be. To be grateful. To be happy. To enjoy the current state of life. And to acknowledge that I’m not ultimately in control; God knows what’s best for me and will guide me.
I still want to make goals and find a mantra…but I’m not stressing about it. And maybe that’s my mantra right there: Stress Less.