Five Thoughts to Ponder in 2016

Happy New Year! Can you believe it is 2016?? 2015 was quite a year!  Over the past twelve months, I've enjoyed good times with family and friends, I got see Disney World (my favorite place!) through the wonder-filled eyes of my four year old son, there were some beautiful moments at work that made me so grateful for the privilege to do what I do, and I survived an incredibly hot and steamy Atlanta summer being nine months pregnant.  But by far, the highlight of the year was welcoming our second son, Sam, into the world. He is such a little bright light for us. And that smile! I know I am biased, but I’m tellin’ ya… it is pretty cute. The past couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about the upcoming year. I knew that 2015 was going to be a crossroads year for me. Twelve months ago there were a handful of unknowns and wait-and-sees. But now that the year has concluded, I am ready to dive into 2016 and soak up all I can from the next 366 days (it being a leap year and all… which btw means Summer Olympics!!! My favorite!).

What a gift each new year is! A new year means new possibilities to live out your purpose, fresh opportunities to heal the past while you embrace hope for the future, and additional chances to have the relationships and be the person you were created to be. Yes, each new year is a true gift.

If you’re like me, making resolutions can feel like an intimidating and overwhelming process. It is so wide open- where do I start?? And then there is the perfectionist inside of me that fears writing down a goal, not reaching it, and then feeling all guilty about it. Ugh that is just the worst, but that is baggage for another discussion. I have found, though, that if I have some sort of guideline for planning my upcoming year it feels more doable and motivating. Over the past few weeks I’ve been trying to organize my thoughts so that I can enter this next chapter with some focus and direction.   I’ve been thinking about what I want more and less of in 2016, what I want to do differently, what I want from this year, etc.  Here are the five thoughts I’ve been mulling over as I plan for 2016.

  1. I WANT TO WORK ON HAVING MORE_____________________________ IN 2016. (This could be anything you want it to be. More patience, more friends, more books read, more quality time with your spouse, etc.)
  1. I WANT TO WORK ON HAVING LESS _______________________________ IN 2016. (Again, anything you want… e.g. stress, worry, conflict with a certain person in your life, etc.)
  1. I WANT TO LET GO OF _______________________________ IN 2016. (This could be a negative habit, a resentment, a nagging concern that is out of your control, etc.)
  1. ONE WAY I WANT TO STEP OUTSIDE OF MY COMFORT ZONE THIS YEAR IS _______________. (What is something new or different you can do, learn, or try in 2016?)
  1. I WANT MY THEME FOR 2016 TO BE _____________________________. (What do you want your life to be about in 2016? What do you want to focus on personally? Professionally?)

I hope these sentences help you create a vision for your 2016. I know I’ve enjoyed thinking about them and they have already made me conscious of some of my decisions and choices. Feel free to print this out, fill in your blanks, and check in with yourself throughout the year.   But remember, your check ins are not meant to be evaluations on what you are accomplishing, but more like touching base with a friend to see how she’s doing.

I hope your 2016 is filled with love, hope, and joy. If you are entering this year with a heavy heart, may you find peace and comfort for your soul. If you’re struggling with a decision, may you find clarity for your mind. If you’re looking for a fresh start, may you find rebirth and redemption in your next chapter. I look forward to hearing from you and connecting with you over the next 366!