No New Year's resolutions for me. I have a hard time planning ahead right now, and it's discouraging to not be making progress on goals I know I should make but will have a hard time working on or seeing progress. So no resolutions.
Instead, I'll focus on a word, or a phrase. I tried it last year (read about JOY here and CONTENT here), and I found that it helped me to draw my life into the places I most wanted to be. It worked for me. But what for this year?
This year, I will love without asterisks, and without fine print.
That means that when I get a compliment, I don't say, "Oh, this old thing?" Or when someone is unexpectedly nice, I don't think, "Yeah, sure." Or when I tell my children they did a good job, I don't make a mental note that I would, however, appreciate the job more if they did it a different way.
When I love, I will learn to do it with my whole heart, without holding some back, without standing on the fence, without building walls. Just love. That's all.
I think it will make for a happier new year.