How did you do with your New Year’s Resolutions for 2021?
Does that question fill you with dread?
Every December since I was a teenager, I would write down a long list of things I would get done in the following year. Some years I’d actually get a good amount of my goals checked off. Other years I’d feel ashamed because I “hadn’t accomplished anything.” However, over the years I’ve noticed that too much pressure is put on people, especially moms, to create the perfect year starting January 1.
So I’m trying something different this year. I am canceling my New Year’s resolutions for 2022.
Yes, there will be no “New Year, New Me.”
Don’t get me wrong, setting goals is the first step to any intentional accomplishment. Yet, if we are ever propelling ourselves from one day to the next; the next event, the next season, we might miss something valuable. I’ve found that being grounded, sitting with my present feelings (even if uncomfortable), and teaching my family has increased our feelings of contentment in life.
This year, instead of scribbling down a bunch of goals for the new year, I chose to take this time to reflect on my growth over the past 12 months.
Here is how I grew in 2021:
- I made my physical, mental and emotional health a priority.
- By example, I taught my family the importance of keeping faith.
- I had the courage to continue through the hard times.
- I recognized when I needed help and I asked for it.
- I showed myself grace when I failed.