I adore New Years. It is one of my favorite holidays. The idea of starting anew is a beautiful concept, whether it is because we want to leave a year of pain and difficulty behind or because we are looking ahead to a year of bountiful blessings and joy. Change is exciting.
And, with this change comes the tradition of making resolutions – both light-hearted and impactful. Granted we don’t always keep them, but who cares? Isn’t it better to set goals and try than it is to remain stagnant in fear of never reaching our goals?
With that said, here are my resolutions for 2016:
- Worry less: I’ve turned into such a cautious soul that always finds fear behind everything big and small. This is the biggest threat to the optimist in me, and I know it’s only going to get worse as I become a mother. So, I must prioritize this.
- Get stronger: Physically and mentally, I want to be the strongest version of myself that I possibly can be. I’ve never felt the urge to be stronger and healthier now that motherhood is just a few months away. I can only be a better mother to my child if I’m at my personal best.
- Do something bigger than myself: The past several years of my life were spent building a life in Hawaii where I worked for a nonprofit. Moving across the country to an unfamiliar place with no roots has me starting all over, and I’ve been slow to open up to my new surroundings. I hope to come out of my shell and spread my wings in this new community, making an impact in ways that I can.
- Nurture my marriage: For the first time in six years, I don’t have to worry about long distance with my loved one in 2016. Normally we would soon be gearing up for another overseas deployment, but new orders call for a much-welcomed change of pace. This gift of time together is one that I hope to take full advantage of as we grow our little family.
- Embrace mommyhood: I have always worked in the private sector; it’s all I know. Transitioning out of the 9-5 gig to become a stay-at-home-mommy will be an emotional, unpredictable, challenging, rewarding, and beautiful adventure. I am constantly warned how the baby’s first year flies by, and so I’m hoping to embrace every minute of it – even when the going gets tough.
- Be more spontaneous: A little cliche, I know, but this is one that I always have to remind myself of because I am easily swept into the repetitive comforts of routine. There is nothing I value more than the memories made from small, unexpected adventures that add color to our daily lives.
Cheers to the promises of tomorrow!