Do any of you do anything special to wrap up one year and begin the next? I feel a need for closure on 2015 and a fresh start with a new year right now. Not that 2015 was so bad, just that I feel ready to move on. So I’m revisiting a few typical end of December traditions.
2016 New Year’s Resolution – I don’t always do resolutions, but this year I’m going to jump back on the Trim Healthy Mama bandwagon. I did it, if only half-heartedly, for a brief period last year and quickly lost 7 pounds, while still eating more than enough to feel satisfied. It seems to mesh with the changes I need to make anyway — less sugar and grains, more fruits and veggies — plus has lots of yummy treats that I *know* I won’t be able to live without.
Wish me luck, I definitely self-medicate my HSP overload with food. I’ll need energy, time, and mental capacity to keep it going this time. I’m shooting for “less half-heartedly” instead of perfection.
My word for 2016 – For years, some online friends and I have chosen a word we’d like to represent the coming year. Sometimes it’s to keep us accountable, sometimes it’s simply wishful thinking. In the past I have chosen words like prepare, simplicity, and self-acceptance. Others that I remember from friends were perseverance, connection, love, decisiveness, and contentment.
This year, inspired in large part by Julie Bogart’s example of Awesome Adulting, I have (re)chosen the word MODEL. I say re-chosen because I picked this word a few years ago as well, but promptly forgot about it as life bowled me over and left me in survival mode. It is a much better fit for this year anyway — my children are older and I’m primed and ready to get into things *I* want to do. (She says, knocking on all available wood.)
By living an adult life that is enriching and energy giving, I hope to be an example to my children, a model of what adulthood can be like. Something they will want to strive for instead of run from. Best of all, while being a good role model, I can empty some of my HSP bucket by feeding into my own passions at the same time. Win-win! Now all I have to do is figure out what my passions are. Stay tuned. 😉
So I seem to be cycling back to things I attempted years ago,way before I was actually ready. Nothing wrong with shooting high, but I’m excited that *this* year seems to be a better fit for those goals. Hope springs eternal!
Wishing you all tremendous blessings in 2016!!