We've done it again, guys!
2020 is officially here, offering us a new decade with ample opportunities to grow. Whether 2019 flew by for you, or it felt like a decade in itself, another year is in the books! Reflecting on the end of the year can usually leave you feeling one of two ways. Right now, you're either feel empowered by the success of your resolutions or down on yourself because you didn't accomplish everything you dreamt you would.
If you relate to the latter, just know you aren't the only person who does.
The concept of "New Year, New Me," is supposed to encourage us, right?
If that's the case, why does this time of year make so many people feel inferior?
The pressure to execute massive life-altering changes is so prevalent near the end of the year. It can make it easy to believe that the person you currently are is lacking in some way. Waking up on New Year's Eve, realizing you didn't accomplish every single one of your yearly goals, can make the small changes you've made seem insignificant.
Let me fill you in on a secret: Any positive change you've made this year should be celebrated! YOU should be celebrated.
I had a heart to heart with myself before writing this today, because I was also beginning to get the "New Year, New Me" Blues.
I started to reflect on everything I experienced in 2019, and one word came to mind: Change.
While I was beating myself up for not losing X amount of weight, saving X amount of money, etc., the progress I've made this year became a distant memory.
I forgot about the fact that this time last year, I was writing my first blog for Inspiration.Fit as a freelance blogger. Today I am a proud member of their Creative Team.
The debt I've collected over the past 7 years was eliminated in 2019. This is something I never thought I could accomplish.
I have run countless miles and mastered difficult yoga poses. Friendships flourished and true love blossomed. Monumental changes happened in 2019, but for a moment I chalked the year up as a failure.
Because 2019 wasn't "Perfect."
I now understand that this is completely fine.
If you're feeling discouraged right now, take stock of all you've accomplished this year. Take a moment to reflect on one positive change you made. Did this change help you evolve as a person?
Did you do anything to make yourself proud?
What is one moment you experienced this year that made you smile?
If you could answer any of those questions,
congratulations, you had a successful 2019!
This year, don't let all of the resolution talk take away from the fact that you survived another year! A year full of both success and failure, heartache and happiness, ups and downs. Everything you've learned this year will take you far into 2020 and beyond. Perfection is an unattainable goal. No matter where you’re at in your journey, you’re doing just fine. We all know life is unpredictable. Try to be mindful of that by giving yourself a little wiggle room this year. There are 365 days in the year. That means we have plenty of time to make mistakes, make memories, and make ourselves proud.
Enjoy the new year, my friend.
I can't wait to hear all about it.