Goodbye 2017, hello 2018.
I’m fortunate to be able to say that 2017 was a year of greatness.
I hear so many people say “thank God this year is over,” “this was the worst year of my life,” “2018 HAS to be better than 2017,” “it couldn’t have been worse.”
I am beyond thankful that I can’t say any of those things. I am so glad that I choose to live a life of positivity, rather than a life of complaining, doubt, and ungratefulness.
BUT, how easy is it for us to dwell on the bad parts? Too easy. We can quickly point out all the things that went “wrong” or the plans that changed. We can quickly find reasons to complain about our life or our situation. We can quickly find excuses as to why the past year was “the worst one yet.”
How come it’s so easy for us to be negative, but when we are prompted to reflect on the good things and the positive parts, we stumble? Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Shouldn’t we be able to quickly point out all the laughs, and smiles, and moments that took our breath away?
In theory, yes. It should be easier to focus on the positive. But we know in reality, it’s not always that easy.
So this year my intentions will be set.
1. Live a life of simplicity. I will stop making my life more complicated than it has to be. I will stop creating chaos and confusion inside my own head. I will not allow material things to become too important in my life. I will connect with nature. I will keep things simple.
2. I will progress in all areas of my life. If you’re not moving forward, what are you doing? I refuse to become S T U C K. I have felt stuck too many times in my life and it’s a place I refuse to revisit. I will put one foot in front of the other every day and I will continue on my journey, not matter how many bumps there are in the road.
3. I will make sure this year is a year of execution. I make so many plans in my head and I have so many ideas and goals swimming around up there, but that’s just it – they’re swimming. They aren’t being put into practice. They aren’t being used to the best of their ability. This year I will ensure that I am executing those plans and making those ideas real.
4. I will continue to seek out adventure. I have lived a boring, monotonous life before. I have lived a life where I woke up every day and prayed to my God that something would change. I begged him to give me the strength to make the changes that needed to be made. And guess what happened? I got up, got my boots dirty, and changed my life. I crave a life of spontaneity and I will forever follow adventures wherever they take me.
5. And last but certainly not least, I will strive to be f r e e in every part of my life. I will work hard to become physically, mentally, spiritually, and financially free. I will make moves to better my family and my future family. I will carry the sense of freedom with me everywhere I go so that no person, place, or thing will ever be able to hold me back or keep me down.
This is a year of positivity and growth.
So I close my eyes to old ends, and open my heart to new beginnings.