Why I’m Canceling New Year’s Resolutions

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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.”

Family Picture 2021

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:

  1. I made my physical, mental and emotional health a priority.
  2. By example, I taught my family the importance of keeping faith.
  3. I had the courage to continue through the hard times.
  4. I recognized when I needed help and I asked for it.
  5. I showed myself grace when I failed.

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Why or why not?

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Caitlyn is a Columbia native and a graduate of Richland County School District One. After high school she built a career as a nationally certified optician and contact lens technician. Caitlyn studied Mandarin Chinese as a part of a Christian Outreach Program which gave her the opportunity to complete missionary trips to San Francisco, New York, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and Belize. The birth of her daughter in the Spring of 2020 inspired her to pursue her dream career of becoming a published author. Her daily struggles as a new mother with a chronic illness in the midst of a pandemic lead to the creation of her children’s book Some Days at the beginning of 2021. She then launched her own publishing company Artist Madrid Books with the goal to help other local aspiring authors accomplish their publishing goals. She loves spending time in nature with her husband, daughter, family, and friends. When not busy navigating motherhood, being a small business owner, entrepreneur, and student, she enjoys exploring her creative talents.

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