I kind of get tired of everyone talking about “New Year’s Resolutions.” Dieting. Lifestyle changes. Goals. Vision.
January seems full of hype and then a quick letdown. The cold weather and sickness can be downright depressing at times.
I encourage you to do something different this year. Instead of pushing yourself to accomplish a new goal, how about you look backwards? Grab your calendar and look at all the things you DID this year! Check your Facebook page and celebrate all the awesome moments you experienced.
We all need encouragement and a pat on the back! “Slow and steady wins the race” but it doesn’t feel too exciting at times. If you picture yourself as a snail, take the time to look backwards at the trail you’ve been traveling and see what the last year (or last 5 years) has held for you.
Celebrate the milestones you’ve experienced! If you only ever reach, reach, reach forward, you will risk discouragement at how far you have to go. Instead, celebrate how far you’ve come!
Have you formed new friendships? Traveled to new places? Moved? Tried something new? Gotten healthy? Made it through a really difficult season?
I love to journal. Flipping back to see my frustrations and joys from the last year is encouraging to me. I made it! We’re here—the year 2014. Our studio and our family has experienced some pretty huge moments this year and I think it’s appropriate that we take a deep breath and just enjoy all that we’ve accomplished.
No matter what you’re going through or facing, this note is to encourage YOU. Look how far you’ve come! Look at what you’ve pushed through! That’s something worth celebrating!
Jen Hickle, Author
Since I was a little girl playing "school" in the garage with the neighbors, all I've ever wanted to do is teach. I'm passionate about passing on knowledge to other people!