2017 – The year for Self-Love

I don’t like typical resolutions, like “lose weight”, “take more vitamins”, “get out more”, etc.

I like striving for a word, or a concept throughout the year, for improvement, for experience, and for inspiration.

Last year I took strides towards complete honesty; with myself, with God, and with others. I’ve made a lot of progress since January of 2016, and I’m proud of that accomplishment.

I’ve gotten to be more honest with myself about how I really perceive experiences and situations, and how I truly feel in any circumstance. My eyes have been opened to how I can be totally honest with God and others about my feelings and opinions.

Throughout the year, I have allowed myself to face many fears, and to say exactly what was on my mind in a crucial moment, many times. It’s liberating to be that honest. To be that real with myself. To be that real with others. And most importantly to be open with God.

This new year, my goal is to pursue Self-Love. I want to be kinder to myself. I want to let myself be okay with not being okay. I want to allow myself the time that I need to do what is best for me. Through this process of caring for myself, I hope to be able to love others much better than I do now. I want my love for myself to change how I view the world, and how I treat others in my mind. I want to maintain self-respect, and try more positive self-talk. I want to be more gentle by the end of the year. To myself, and to others.

I’m also allowing myself the opportunity to be okay with where I am if I soon discover that I may not need to change things as much as I feel I should right now. I’m curious to see where this year takes me. I’m excited to see what God will do with these ideas bouncing in my head.

And I want to challenge you to think creatively about this year, too. What do you need to explore? What do you want to change, if anything? If not, what do you want to maintain? Don’t just think about a list of “New Year’s Resolutions.” Those can be helpful, but I’m challenging you to simplify it to one or two characteristics. Personality traits, or life-lessons to work towards.

For me, I feel that this mentality allows me to focus in on some really important ideas and personal goals, and it’s so much easier for me to stick with a simple idea throughout the year than it is to follow a list I’ll only forget about in a month. It quickly becomes a habit if you carry it in the back of your mind every day, and you start living by it even without realizing.

That’s what happened with me last year. Through January and into February, the concept of true honesty quickly became something ingrained in me. Pretty soon, I didn’t even have to remind myself of a new year’s resolution that I had made. It sort of naturally began to be part of what I tried to do, on a daily basis.

Actually, by the end of the year I had actually forgotten that I chose to pursue honesty specifically, but it was a big part of the events which closed the year for me anyway. It wasn’t until this past weekend when I was thinking about my goal for this year that I actually remembered that honesty had been my goal for 2016.

   Now that I’m more honest about life, I decided that I want to learn how to be kinder to myself in the midst of that honesty.

So, here’s for a new goal!

Here’s for 2017!

~Be Inspired. Be You.~

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