Thursday, January 2, 2014

Anything is possible.

Not making New Year's resolutions is the new "thing."
In the past two days I think I've read a dozen blogs or Facebook posts where people vowed to not make resolutions.
"They're not worth it." "They never work." "I won't stick to it so what's the point?"

I disagree.
A new  year is a new promise. I truly believe that. Every year I make a half dozen resolutions, and I have to say, I usually stick to half of them. Whether it's losing weight or running a marathon or writing more. I usually do all right if I'm determined enough.

The thing is I don't know if I stick to the stuff that really matters.
Last year I promised to "live in the present." Having just moved to Chicago, I was determined to have a fresh start. With the kids. With Scott. With me. I just wanted to live in the moment. Not stress about tomorrow or rehash all the mistakes of the past.

I have to admit that it didn't happen.

As I focused my efforts on other resolutions, (like writing for more publications), I kind of forgot about my other resolution--which should have taken precedence. I felt stressed and hurried and exhausted. And, I let it slide---that promise to myself to live life the way it is intended.

So I'm going to try really hard this year. I know it seems vague but I really want to set my focus on whatever is happening at the moment. This might mean setting a stricter work/play/family time schedule. It might mean saying "no"  to some people, or signing up for less activities. But, I just want to enjoy life as it comes. When I'm working, I want to put all my efforts into work. And, when I'm with Scott and the kids, I want to focus on texting, or updating Facebook or talking on the phone. And no thinking about my to-do list or worrying about what I should be doing. I want my heart and mind to be with them.

It's Jan. 2, 2014. So far so good with my little resolution. We spent most of today playing around in two feet of snow. These are the moments I want to live fully in this new year.

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