“There are two ways to face the future. One way is with apprehension: the other is with anticipation.” ~Jim Rohn
This morning, Brayden said. “Mom, today is New Year’s Eve! That means tomorrow is a new year.” Yes, this I know, but still… WHAT?!
Today is the very last day of 2014. It’s been a good year, and I’m slowly saying goodbye. And tomorrow? Not just any tomorrow, but the clean pages of a whole year waiting for what we will write into our lives and what greatness we’ll pull from within. This next year, I want to give myself space to breathe and be. I’m anticipating a year of good, and I know there will be moments I won’t like… But in each, I want to be present, and authentic. I want to allow myself to be me, and to be happy in where I am and who I am. I have goals, yes… But I won’t sacrifice present happiness for the chase of something more.
Below is a little post I wrote recently for #fireworkpeople and I wanted to share it with you here as well…
As our current calendars turn their very last page and a new one is unwrapped, so are lists being made. It may still feel like the holidays in some homes (mine included, I’m not ready to put away the Christmas decor quite yet) but this list isn’t the kind you check twice and cross off. The rows scribbled onto paper and typed on a waiting screen are now resolutions, ways we resolve to live this next year better than the one before. Decisions we make and vows we take to be the best version of ourselves we can be on the blank canvas we’re offered in the new year.
While I’m a fan of making great choices and living intentionally, I don’t want to put myself under the pressure of a law for the new year. I don’t want to set myself up to let myself down, and don’t want you too either. Should we make goals? Yes. Should we give ourselves the very best opportunities to make better choices and right decisions? Absolutely!
Many times it can be so easy to get caught up in the whirl of a grand entrance into a fresh year, that we forget to appreciate the moment we’re in, the person we’ve become already… who we are right now.
You see, darling ones, you already have in you all that you need to soar. And THAT is what is so exciting about a new year. With the turn of the calendar page, so goes the wide open blank space that is the next chapter in our lives waiting to be written… and we have the opportunity to fill those pages with greatness, the greatness that is already in us waiting to be pulled and worked out from within. It’s not about giving ourselves a list of rules, regulations and orders to follow this year… it’s about giving ourselves the opportunities to dream big, to spark the fire within, to let what’s in our heart seep out and saturate the life around us.
This year, my heart is to be present. I know there will be so much good this year and there will also be plenty of the not-so-good. I know I will have triumphs, and I know there will be times that I’ll drop the ball. There will be moments to celebrate, times of greatness to take pleasure in, and there will be no problem showing up for that… when a dream is realized or a goal is accomplished. I also have no trouble feeling those times where things don’t quite go as planned or I miss the mark. But what about the rest of the time? What about the moments of the in-between? Even with the most amazing of goals and intentions, there is still this thing called life, in which it’s easy to get lost in the “normal” and the schedules. Yet in being present in each moment of living, that’s where we can appreciate the beauty of the in-between, the times where the rhythm of life takes a beat. The moment where the pendulum is swinging from one tick to the next. It can be easy to get lost in the day-to-day of life, either buried underneath or looking out so far that we forget to enjoy what’s right in front of us.
This year, I know you can soar. I know you can reach for your dreams. I know you can write greatness into the pages of 2015. And in the midst of living it out, enjoy who you are… being present wherever you are.
Happy New Year!