Each morning I wake up and try to look at the day as a chance to start fresh. Heaven knows that's been difficult at times over the last year. But that ability to start new is absolutely what I love most about New Year's. It's almost like a sigh of relief and exhilaration when that year rolls from one to the next. The old is forgotten and the new has such potential.
Many people write out goals, and I will too. Some I'll achieve and some I won't. Some I'll carry over from year to year - like losing those pesky 15 pounds I can't seem to drop. Each New Year I have the chance to start over on those unaccomplished goals, to drop the guilt for not getting them done and to renew my resolve and reevaluate why those things are important to me and the people in my life.
It's so easy, especially during the holiday season, to let the day-to-day demands overshadow the things that are important to us - not our children, husband, boyfriend, boss. I love the fact that this week between Christmas and New Years always sets a slower pace, with plenty of time to remind us of what those important things are. I don't think it's accidental.
Here's hoping your New Year is filled with laughter, happiness, good friends and health. And that each and every one of your goals and dreams comes true.
What are you looking forward to the most in the New Year?
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