I don't tend to make resolutions for the simple reason that when my resolve softens I get unnecessarily upset. I think that many times we put tons of pressure on ourselves when the new year starts and stack up some unrealistic expectations. I have unrealistic expectations every day because I'm a perfectionist. I hope I can let some of that go and move forward this year, but when I frame it as an "I'm going to..." statement it has less of a chance to become an "I did".
With that said, I do have some hopefulness about the new year. There are many things I'd like to see myself accomplish and many things to work on.
I hope that I can continue to update my blog with daily posts. I also hope that when I inevitably miss a day I won't beat myself up about it. It is good for me to post every day, but if I miss one here or there, it isn't the end of the world.
I hope that I can find the time to read more. I have dozens of books that I am excited about and I find reading one of the most relaxing activities you could hope for. I just finished a book today that I'll review this week that has renewed my interest in finding great new authors to shine a light on. I hope that I can be more proactive and review the books I enjoy on Amazon and Goodreads before their publication date when possible. There are so many amazing authors out there that are undiscovered by many folks. If I can introduce at least one new author to people each month I'll be happy.
I would really love to write something this year. It doesn't have to be published, and it may never get further than my composition book, but I am really interested in writing. It's something I've always enjoyed and look forward to getting back to. I love telling stories, and my mind is always racing with ideas, so putting those to pen seems like a logical step.
Most of all I hope I can be more even keeled. I may need help with this step more than any other. I am an extremely emotional person and I take most things too seriously. I allow myself to get wrapped up in things that I can't change and then get upset and flustered over my inability to make a difference. I get my feelings hurt and I let tiny things affect me so much that I can't pay attention to the things that matter and the ones I can do something about. I hope that I can take more things in stride and learn to be more aware of the things that are important to me. I hope to have more control of my emotions so that my lows aren't quite so low and my highs aren't so high that normal feels like a disappointment.
I hope that your goals and resolutions help you make 2015 your best year yet. I hope that this year is a fine one for you and for me too. Be well, be happy and be grateful for the joys each day brings you. Much love to all of you.