New Year’s Revolution

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Shake the dust off my spirit

Rekindle the fire inside my heart

Revolt against the darkness

That tried to tear my dreams apart

I know that a lot of people are burned out on New Year’s resolutions. I, however, am not. Why? Well, it’s not necessarily because New Year’s resolutions always work out and change your life for the better. It’s simply because I believe that any day, any moment, is a good time to make positive changes in your life. And let’s face it, in our culture it’s kind of needed after the winter holiday season.

The holidays can be such a busy time. Which is great. I love spending time with family and friends. I love Christmas. I love New Years. When it’s all said and done, though, we are normally left with some type of burnout. We have ate/drank too much, played too much, spent too much, and had to work too much to make the money to pay for it all. By the time the holidays are over, it’s pretty much time for an emotional and physical health rehabilitation.

So, I choose for mine to begin today. The kids are back to school, and I am out of school. This should leave me with more time to focus on self-reflection and working on things that make me feel healthy and happy.

My New year’s resolutions? My resolutions are pretty much always the same lofty goals: continue to become better at caring for myself and those around me… mind, body, and soul.

I did actually set a concrete resolution for myself, though, and it should really be a pretty easy one. This will be the year that I start actually going to the doctor! Yes, this nurse is probably one of the worst people at taking herself to the doctor. At the tender age of 40 years old, though, I figure it is time to start getting better in this area. It is a concrete goal that should be fairly easy to accomplish, but is still a step towards breaking old, bad habits (such as not taking the time to fully care for myself).

But my real goal for my future-self is to revolt. Revolt against negative thoughts. Revolt against people/things that hinder my own growth. Revolt against bad habits that take away from my health and prosperity.

And embrace. Embrace the beauty and love that surrounds us everywhere. Embrace my own strength and empowerment. Embrace this ever-changing thing we call life. And even embrace the pain that comes with it at times. Embrace it, acknowledge it, deal with it, and then let it go and learn from it.

These are my goals. What are yours?

Today is the first day of the rest of my life! And I am so grateful and excited to have that chance (again)!