New Year, But No New You?

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New Year, But No New You - Columbia SC Moms BlogLong before the holiday decorations are put away and the ball in Times Square actually drops, we are bombarded by the pressure associated with January 1. Gyms, clothing stores, and food companies start pitching the “New You” for the New Year.

I’m all about personal growth. Open my podcast feed or my e-Reader and you’ll see every personal development guru you can imagine from Rachel Hollis to The Minimalists. I have a running list of goals and write to-do lists every day. But the older I’ve gotten and the more honest I’m learning to be with myself, I’m beginning to think that January isn’t the best time for me to develop new (or break old) habits. Instead, it’s a good time for me to slow down.

Animals are hibernating. Plants and flowers are dormant. It just feels more natural to me to slowly get back into the swing of things, following holiday-related interruptions in routine, before embarking on life-changing pursuits.

If January inspires you to work toward a “New You,” I will be your biggest cheerleader. But if, like me, you need to hibernate for a while, remember that January 1 is a day on the calendar. You can pick ANY day to start a “New Year, New You.” As a wise friend of mine posted on Facebook the other day, a year is defined as 365 days. You can start whenever you’re ready.

For me, fall is a more natural fresh slate. Maybe it’s the school calendar being ingrained, or the fact that I observe the Jewish New Year (Rosh HaShanah), or maybe it’s the crisp air that puts a pep in my step. Maybe for you it’s the spring, when nature is blooming and everything around us is new.

Ultimately, it’s about being better today than we were yesterday, no matter what day it is on the calendar.

How do you feel about New Year’s resolutions?

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Cheryl Glantz Nail
The new mom of a baby boy, Cheryl Glantz Nail started her blogging and freelance writing career in 2008. She has written articles for several blogs and websites, including 24/Savvy and InterfaithFamily.com. Shortly after moving to Columbia, she turned her love of content writing and social media into a career in communications, currently serving as the Community Relations Director for a local non-profit. Prior to this career change, she enjoyed 10 years in education, both in the classroom and as a curriculum developer. When she isn't in front of her computer or wiping up baby drool, Cheryl can be found curled up with a young adult novel and a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream, looking at cats on Instagram, or attempting to be artsy. She blogs at Take a Second Glantz (www.secondglantz.com/blog), trolls Pinterest for recipes she'll probably never cook, and sleep tweets during late-night feedings.

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