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Many of us have goals for the New Year. Some spend time finding the perfect resolution, others boast a desire for a complete change in their life.

I used to set resolutions that seemed doable, but in the end, wound up biting off more than I could chew. This year, I simply resolved to just do my best to get through the year and hopefully end up in a better place than I was last year.

2019 was a rough year. It was filled with stress, medical problems, and loss. The loss was the worst part of it all. With this new beginning, it seems as though there is even more loss on the horizon.

Back to life! A Personal Grief Guidebook.

I spent a good part of the last few months dealing with grief, and I’ll likely spend a good amount of time continuing through that work. But in a way, working through all that has been more beneficial than any resolution I’ve failed to keep.

I’ve uncovered a lot of things about myself. Some I’ve liked, some, not so much. But it helped me look deep down and kind of figure out who I am and where I want to go in life. I might not lose that 50 pounds by December 2020, but knowing myself better might help me get closer to that goal than I’ve ever been.

What lies in your debt?

So I guess in a way, I’ve still made that resolution. I’ve just decided not to overthink it, and to not be so hard on myself if I don’t achieve everything I set out to do.

Personal goals shouldn’t need a reset on January 1st though. I get the mindset. It’s a new start, full of hope. And that’s fine if it works for you!

But we can have a fresh start every morning. I’m finding out that setting smaller goals throughout the year has been much more helpful than trying to tackle the big things.

And maybe I’ll lose 5 pounds this month. (Much easier than trying to drop 50!)

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