So, it's that time of year again, where we all start planning out our New Years resolutions. We start to plan for certain goals such as losing weight, quit smoking, exercise every day, stop drinking, start volunteering more, and so on.
While these all sound like great life choices, why do we only want to commit to them in the first month of the year? What happens to those goals come February?
This year I am trying a new plan.
Instead of having a list of resolutions, I intend to develop a list of gratitude and include of all of the things that I am grateful for from the past year of 2015 and all of the things that I am looking forward to in 2016.
Many of us do not realise (until we look back) that each year is a time of change, and change is essential for personal growth. I want to start the year feeling grateful for all I’ve been through and the lessons I've learned, as they will help to prepare me for future changes.
With some huge life changes recently occuring, I am actually finding more things that I am grateful for now than in past years. A year with struggle, change, heartache, and pain has actually shown me who I really am.
Granted 2015 was not nearly as much of a struggle as 2014, but there were still so many challenges and life lessons encountered none the less.
Despite all the never ending series of challenges, each challenge still had some good to them too, and today I took the time to reflect on those good things.
I ended a long term relationship that was no longer fulfilling, which means I am a stronger person now than I was in the past. I am no longer afraid to be independent and on my own.
As a result, I had to move and, therefore, learned to let go of attachments.
I have also struggled financially but have also learned to creatively manifest all I need.
Most importantly I've learned the greatest lesson of all, which is every challenge has a learning opportunity and a reason.
So, as I go into 2016 I'm going to continue to take the time to look back and reflect on what I have accomplished, what I am already grateful for, and what I have learned. I'm ready to make 2016 my best year yet!!