Friday, January 6, 2017

New Years Resolution

The last time I had a New Years Resolution was... well... never. I mean, I've had the usual thoughts of losing weight, then started the new year eating my weight in food. Or how I was going to change my mindset and then quickly, too quickly, relapsing. Then spending a bunch of years talking about how resolutions were so stupid because I didnt stick with them, and therefore, yep, I was right, they are stupid.

2016 was a rough year for me. But so was 2015. And 2014. And 2013. And 2012. Facebook memeories can attest to that. For some reason, life seems to be getting harder instead of easier. Whether it being that I lost someone whom I loved dearly. Or had a major change. Or having a major setback. There always seems to be something. It is hard. Life is hard. I feel like I am stating the obvious.

But 2016 was so hard. So, so hard. It seemed like it was one hardship after another. As December approached I felt numb. I wouldnt miss 2016, but hey, its not like anything was changing. I was becoming such a pessimist and I hated it. I've always prided myself on being a realist (because that's so much better huh).

So there I was, sitting on my couch, pulling out a scrapebook I've been meaning to start for ages. Gathering pictures, and movie tickets, and flight tickets, and random tokens of things happened throughout the year. And I realized, I didnt give 2016 the credit it deserved.

I did so much in 2016. I advanced in my personal life, my career and the such. I did well. But the overwhelming stress of all that I did and all that I dealt with, my constant anxiety level through the roof as I tried to navigate it all made me feel like I wasnt accomplished. But I was, and all it took was a step back to reevaluate. And the reason I was able to do that was because I was forced to put together a scrapbook. I took my step back, I saw what I did and appreciated the hard work I put in and the results that came in.

So for 2017, I was create a visual board in which I can post things I want to do on one side, and slowly move them over as I do them. Places I want to go, places I went. Career goals and achievements. A reminder that my hardwork is in fact, paying off.

What about you, any New Year Resolutions?

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