Removing New Years Resolutions

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The new year has begun, and with it, social media has been flooded with resolutions, tips and tricks, flashes of promises of a “better you”, and so much more. If your typical scroll session through any one of your social media accounts is like mine, you’ve probably read 100 things by now about resolutions, “my word for the year”, and things people are set out to do differently. You’ve probably read just as many posts on how 2015 was the best/worst year for one of 17 reasons and you’re probably not overwhelmed by it all.

I have to admit that typically, I’d be joining in on posts of a similar nature. I’m one of those who chooses a word for the year (and yes, I do have a word for 2016…) and tries to set up a basic model of how I’ll go about making that word fit into my hopes for these 366 {leap year!} days to follow the close of 2015. But this year, I set about something different for myself. I’m sure that many of you can attest to this same feeling, the overwhelming, “I already failed and we’re only 23 days into this thing” feeling that creeps in when your resolutions fail. I’m all for setting an intention and a path for yourself, but if I learned anything in recent months it’s that we must allow ourselves room and space to improve. If you’ve already had four re-dos and were not even in February yet… It’s okay. May I encourage those who have found themselves here reading to make room. Instead of resolutions, instead of a word for 2016, instead of beating yourself up for not getting as far as you’d hoped you would… Create space. Space to rest, recoup, and begin again. Space to breathe lighter. Space to invite people in. Space to remember, reflect, and realize where you’ve been and where you’re going. Space for grace for mistakes. Space for motivation to be better than you were before. Space to dust yourself off again.

My hope for this new year is that each of you will love yourselves more and grow more into your own skin. You are doing so much better than you think you are.

Happy new year, friends. We love you and we see you and we know you are important.

Photo Source: Hannah Salsberry

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