I'm sure we've all heard this phrase a million times (or at least a hundred). Who doesn't love a fresh start to things-a chance to do things over and make things new? So many people take the opportunity on New Year's Eve to look back on all the junk in their year; all of the things they did wrong, didn't do, or what went wrong- and then they make a wish, or say a prayer, or make a resolution that this year will be much better than last year. Sound familiar?
As we drove home from Arizona on Monday (well, hubby drove-I rode) I scrolled through these posts and stories on social media that made me want to do the exact opposite. Like all of you, I had some things happen this past year that weren't amazing. I struggled, I cried (a lot), I busted my butt, I was hurt, I hurt others, and I wanted to give up. But I didn't want to give power to any of that negativity by focusing on it or even throwing it out into the universe via social media. I believe that what we say about ourselves and our surroundings is very powerful because we tend to focus on what we say/think/do. If all we see when we look back on the past year is negativity, that will be our focus. So I decided to go against the grain and focus on the positive instead.
For those who didn't see my million post story on IG, here's just a quick recap of my 2018:
Got back into theater and was on stage for 4 amazing shows (and cast in my 5th show which starts this month)!
Traveled to Vegas (twice), Arizona, Utah, Grand Canyon, and oh so many trips to Disneyland!
Visited The Magic Castle (twice).
Grew stronger in my relationship with God.
Celebrated special birthdays with special friends.
Photographed some amazing clients (some in my new maternity gowns that are gorgeous!)
Met some amazing new friends through the theater.
Danced more than I've ever done before (thanks to crazy choreographers).
Rode a horse for the first time.
Shot the biggest gun I've ever seen (and liked it).
Became an honorary princess for a day!
Witnessed the miracle of life.
All in all, I'd say that was a pretty amazing year! Did I get everything done with my business that I'd hoped for? Did the scale move down as far as I wanted it to (or even at all)? Did I cure cancer or end world hunger? Well, no. But did I learn and grow? Did I laugh a lot? Did I handle things the best I could (or at least better than I would've done in years past)? Did I rely on God more than I ever have before in my life? You bet I did! And I plan on doing even more of it this year! As for resolutions? I don't really believe in them. However, I do believe in setting goals in order to try to keep focused. But this year, my goals aren't very detailed because I'm not in control of my future- God is. And when I turn it over to Him and focus on whatever it is He has set before me, that is so much better than making plans of my own.
Some of my goals this year are:
To blog more (e'hem-I'd say I've got a strong start to this one).
Increase awareness of my business (Especially the maternity/newborn niche).
Focus on each day as it comes (nothing more, nothing less).
Worry & stress less.
Have a stronger Social Media Presence.
Grow my confidence.
Be kind to everyone (even crazy drivers).
Let God lead me in decisions.
Be the healthiest me (mind, body, spirit) I can be.
So, here's to 2019...may you learn and grow, laugh and cry, struggle and succeed, and come out of it with more knowledge, love, and good memories than you went into it with!