Although I'm not one for New Year's resolutions, I do like the idea of a new year representing a fresh start. There are plenty of things I have to work on but focusing on the negative is something I'm trying to get past. Lately I feel like my life is passing me by and I'm missing out on the joy. I might have a full plate but it's up to me to make the most of it. We're only here for a short time and I want it to be fun and meaningful.
As I've mentioned before, I tend to be somewhat of a perfectionist. That's good, but only to a point. As one of my favorite authors (oh heck, it's the only author that I've read in the last 10 years!), Gretchen Rubin, so accurately said:
As I feel myself rush around from point A to point B, I want to be mindful. I want to be mindful of the impact my self-inflicted stress is having on my family and myself. I want to breathe into my heart and remind myself that it's okay if everything doesn't get done today, or get done exactly as I had it planned in my head. I want to remind myself that my boys would rather have me than a professional meal. I want to remind myself that my husband needs me to model patience and kindness so that he will want to mimic the same behavior. I want to slow down and see things I've never seen before. I want to allow my brain time to rest and not constantly be thinking of the next task. Simply put, I want to bring the fun back into my life.
I know it's possible. I know it's there. I just have to dig it out of the corner, dust it off, and embrace it! I am fun, darn it!
So if you live around me, let's do something fun. Let's do something for ourselves. Let's do something with our kids. Let's live it up!