2013 was a fantastic year for us, but I always LOVE a brand NEW year. 2014 is a new chance at everything…a fresh start. I look at a new 365 as a reboot. Clean the crap and raise the awesome.
2014 is a chance to be the best, most awesome version of yourself. I know that some of you will be saying, ‘Hey, annoying girl, it’s just another day’. It is NOT. For me, it’s the universe pushing the reset button, and you can too.
I don’t do resolutions. I think they’re usually way too broad…and not usually accomplished. For me, it’s all about resetting my attitude to positive, and pushing myself to be the best that I can be.
It’s your chance to…
Hold on to your patience when your kids push your buttons
Workout harder or better, or to start challenging your body if you’ve been neglecting it
Make your relationship with your spouse or partner stronger
Remember not to judge unless you’ve walked a mile in somebody else’s moccasins
Teach your children something new. Open their eyes to the world
Make new friends and reconnect with old ones
Shore up your support group of people, or find them if that’s something that you’re missing
Kill it at work. You’re there anyway, might as well make it count
I’m not one to give advice….wait a second…I am TOTALLY one to give advice. Maybe that makes me egotistical, I don’t really care. Here are my 3 best pieces of advice for 2014.
1) Remember that YOU are the only person responsible for your happiness. If you’re waiting for your spouse to do it…you will probably start to resent the fact that they can’t. If you’re waiting for your children to make you happy…you are putting undue pressure on little precious minds. If you’re waiting for your friends to make you happy…you probably don’t have many.
Take responsibility for yourself. If you aren’t happy, then change your perspective. Chances are, you’re probably just ignoring the good in your life, and focusing on everything you don’t like or don’t have. STOP IT! You’re alive, and if there is breath in your body, then you’ve got every right to happiness, but it is your own damn responsibility.
2) Stress is bad. It’s bad for your health, your body, and your soul. Everybody’s got it. You need to find a way to deal with it…to manage whatever it is that freaks you out. Maybe it’s working out. Maybe it’s deep breathing or yoga. Maybe it’s a giant hug. Whatever it is — find it and use it.
3) Embrace the things that embarrass you. Find your so called ‘failings’ and learn to love yourself anyway.
I, for instance, am loud. I like attention (hello – I’m on TV), and I can be a little lazy from time to time. Oh well. I like to be loud…it’s just my natural volume. I unabashedly LOVE attention, but there’s nothing I can do about it. It’s just me. And the lazy thing…well…I’m working on that…most of the time.
I know these things about myself, and I no longer accept guilt for being me. When I was younger, I’d try to talk more softly, or pretend that I wasn’t trying to entertain everyone with some crazy story or another. I don’t do it anymore. Haven’t for years. I honestly like myself…faults and all, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
Get out there are make 2014 the best year of your life — until next year.