I love a new year. And not just because it gives the opportunity to start fresh. I especially love to greet the New Year by reflecting on the year that has passed. Very quickly, you tend to realize how much actually happened in those 52 weeks. I love to reminisce and remember feelings of pride as my kids learned something new or reached a new milestone, the feelings of joy with each new memory that was made, that feeling of accomplishment as I reached a new personal goal. A New Year can also bring feelings of sadness as you reflect on loss. Perhaps the loss of a loved one, or a job, or perhaps you feel like in the last year, maybe you lost yourself. To the hustle and bustle or fell victim to stress. But that reflection is a blessing as well. It is your opportunity to recognize that life is short. That time is a gift. That perhaps you need to find yourself again and bring some balance to your life. Years pass quickly, like fleeting moments, that are easily forgotten if you don’t take the time to reminisce.
So here it is. A quote for you to start 2018 with:
“If you own this story, you get to write the ending.”
– Brené Brown
This is one of my favourite quotes for so many reasons. I love that it gives me the inspiration and understanding that I truly am the one who writes my own history. I love that it gives me the ultimate power over my own destiny. So read it...and then read it again. Live it. Share it. WRITE IT!!! Take a moment to step outside of yourself and reflect. Did I write my own ending to 2017? Maybe not. And that’s ok. That’s what is great about a new year.
This is your moment. Own your story. Accept your own truth. What a wonderful and liberating way to live your life. What is it that you need to live by this? For some, it is that you need to connect more with yourself, while for others perhaps you need to stop hiding your truth. Every moment that you have lived have made you the person you are today…and that person is pretty awesome!
The world of social media is a blessing and a curse. It’s awesome that we can stay connected so easily, but you can’t deny that it has made it so that at times we all feel like we need to keep up with the Joneses. Instead of sharing the truth, we are hiding and sharing just a shadow of our truth with the world. Creating smoke and mirrors to deflect from our reality. Sharing all of those great moments isn’t a bad thing, don’t get me wrong, but we do have to be careful that we don’t get lost in the fragments of what we wish our lives were.
Instead, embrace your truth. Own it. THIS is your story and only you get to write the ending! So instead of sharing just bits and pieces of truth for the world to see, be the you that you want to be. Start the new chapter of your book today!
I love a new year so that I can look ahead and make plans and truly OWN my story. I am not necessarily a ‘New Years’ Resolution’ kind of person, but I do love to plan for what’s next. What is the new year going to bring? How am I going to start this new chapter? For me, 2017 was my year of vulnerability and that will continue for 2018. I will continue to be RAW and put myself out there for the world both here on my website as well as on social media. I am going to embrace my knowledge and use it to inspire, empower and educate you. 2018 is the year that I am going to truly live in the now...I used to think that I did, until I realized that I was all about distraction - even IN the present moment. This year, while I continue to work on being my best self, I want the same for you! Make sure you are following along…you aren’t going to want to miss this!
My first question for you for 2018 is this:
What is your story going to look like?