Think about it, we bring the same issues into the new year with us. How we handle them is what makes it different.
I’ve decided that I’m going to let my inner thoughts come out more from time to time. When I was younger, I would say exactly what I thought, sometimes a little too much. I had to rethink my actions because it affected a few relationships, including marriages. When I had my children, I knew that I wanted them to have a different experience than I had. Nice how you have these plans to be a perfect parent, then life happens. Also, during that time, I lost both of parents and I felt lost and couldn’t express myself like I truly wanted to. So I internalized a lot of things about myself and how I felt.
Fast forward 22 years. My children are moving on to the next stages of their lives, and I am preparing myself for the next stage of my life as well. My husband and I are always making plans for what we are gonna do in the next 5-10 years. Nothing set in stone, mostly dreams, but hey it’s fun to dream. I’m still amazed that it’s time to talk about retirement, but I’m there and looking forward to it.
It’s time to release things I’ve kept inside because of fear, judgment, approval and more.
I don’t make resolutions anymore, haven’t in years. I make affirmations, I’m giving myself a word that will center my thoughts, plans, ideas, and dreams. REPRESENT is my word for this year. I’m going to show up, represent myself more than ever. In the past few years, I let some issues and challenges go because I didn’t feel like addressing it at the time. Not any longer, I’m going to represent, be heard and stand in my truth.
This is a greeting card that I sent to my girlfriends at the beginning of the year in 2011. I kept one for myself and have shared it on my old blog and on this one. If I took the time and practiced at least five of these affirmations, I could improve many issues in my life. I love this and try to revisit it several times a year.
Have a wonderful year!