Improving in 2016

Saturday, January 2, 2016
I've never been one for New Year's resolutions. I find they're a recipe for failure, a way to set myself up for self-flagellation and disappointment. When I'm ready to change my life, I just wake up one day and do it, and that's worked pretty well up until now.

But the last couple years were pretty rough. We lost Moe in 2013, and 2014 was basically a blur of misery and grief. In 2015 we lost my dear Mother-in-Law, and built and moved into our new house. Not a lot of resources were available for self-improvement.

I want 2016 to be different.

I want 2016 to be a calmer, more emotionally stable place. I want 2016 to be a place where I have room to improve my life, and the lives of those I love. I want 2016 to be a place that allows me to nurture myself, and that will allow me to be my best self, both for my own benefit and for the benefit of those I choose to share my life with.

So I'm going to shamelessly steal an idea from K. Tempest Bradford, an author I follow. She has decided to do "12 Days of New Years," and make some changes to her own life. I liked this idea - making changes that improve my life in tangible ways, and improve my relationships and happiness instead of the usual cliche disappointments.

So each month I'm going to identify a change I want to make, and take concrete action to make that change occur. Nothing world shattering, but goals that allow me to dedicate some resources to my own journey, rather than having to dedicate everything to grief, or earning a living, or life maintenance.

Bring on 2016!

1 comments:

Barbara A Mizzoni Young said...

Great idea. I may have to "steal" this idea too!
Happy New Year to you and yours!
Barbara @ www.allmylivesnow.com