The concept of a New Year's resolution doesn't make much sense to me. Sure, we can talk about the weight we're going to lose, or how much money we plan on saving for that vacation, or that new car, but let's be honest, you're more than likely to give up after a few weeks. We're all guilty of it. And if this isn't you, you're one of a small group of extremely self-motivated people that I'm incredibly envious of.
Currently, I'm taking a look back at this year and doing a lot of reflecting.
So much has happened; starting a wonderful new job, creating Pook's, getting engaged, becoming apart of a huge network of women entrepreneurs and creatives who inspire the hell out of me. I took a huge leap towards treating myself with the utmost care mentally and am continuing this path towards self love. And there's so much more.
I shared a post on Instagram the other day about growth and it got me really thinking about personal development.
Strictly from observation and my own experience, I see a lot of people, myself included, who set a strict timeline for themselves that end up causing more harm than good. The journey is overlooked as we rush to the finish line so we're able to keep up with everyone else.
Self awareness is a powerful tool when it comes to staying present. In the same way that focusing on your breath can help during meditation, reminding yourself of why you're doing what you're doing, is vital to not losing that drive to move forward. But that doesn't make life a competition. In fact, if you're moving too fast, you might be losing sight of what your goal was in the first place, or you're not giving yourself a chance to reward yourself for what you've done along the way.
Haven't we all heard that happiness is about the journey not the destination?
We should be proud of ourselves for how far we've come, no matter where in comparison to one another. All of us are so unique - why would we assume that we're moving at the same speed? Instead of focusing on what everyone else is doing, let's pay attention to where we are and the intentions we're setting.
This is the last night on my little 3 day vacation from work, and the holiday season is finally coming to a close. This weekend I made a few batches of oatmeal cookies that I devoured with Dan, and started some colorful wedding cake ideas. As of right now, I'm embracing this quiet time tonight with a cold beer, thankful that I'm able to write a bit.
I've got a big list of plans for 2017; there's quite a lot on the radar. But I'm making an effort to treat it more like a "rough sketch" than a concrete to-do list. I hope that whatever your plans are for the new year, you might join me in this change of pace and see where it leads us.
This year, and every year, let's celebrate us.