As we open the door to a brand new year, we start setting goals for ourselves and deciding what we want to accomplish. I’m normally not one to set much of a New Year’s Resolution (I know, how boring), but this year is a bit different in many ways.
In 2016, I experienced a lot. I experienced an overwhelming amount of fear and grief in February, I was overjoyed when I graduated from Oklahoma State, and then I got a job at the National Cutting Horse Association, I even received a promotion after a short time. So for me, 2016 was a year of learning experiences.
After my grieving period and fear harboring, I learned to never stop turning to God. Turn to Him even when you’re not afraid or grieving. After graduating college I learned that no one in the adult world cares what you had for dinner, thus, they don’t particularly find it relevant that your plate of food is on social media for the world to see. Along with my job came a lot of anger and new experiences that revolve around working with people and trying to make myself easy to work with as well. So my resolutions this year were based around my experiences as an official adult.
1.) Practice what I preach. I want to be a better version of myself. I want to be the person that God created me to be, and I want to do it for Him, not me. I want others to know that they can come to me when they are experiencing hard times and trials. Sharing God’s Word is at the top of my list for things I can do better in 2017.
2.) Scroll less, read more. That’s right. I am going to challenge myself to stay off of social media as often as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I love social media and the platform is offers, but it is addicting and I refuse to let it take over my life. I want to spend more time with my nose in a book, traveling with my fiance, or tending to my garden. I will not stop using social media, but it is my goal to use it only if it will positively affect others (i.e. sharing encouraging posts, videos, stories, blogs, etc.). I will continue to blog because blogging provides a positive outcome for me. I write and it helps me, and hopefully others, break things down easier. Plus, writing is one of my passions. I want to nurture my passions in 2017. I missed out on so much in 2016 just because I couldn’t look up from my phone. No more.
3.) Get a grip on my stress. I, like many, am an over thinker. I create problems that have never happened just by thinking about the possibility of it happening. I never realized it until recently, but over thinking is a surefire way to keep yourself from living a beautiful, fulfilling life. It causes anger, stress, resentment, stress, fear, stress, depression, stress, I could go on. Let it go. Forget it until it has happened. If someone is a jerk to you at 10am, don’t entertain that thought until 9pm at night. Let. It. Go. Move on with your day and pray for them.
There is a lot I’d love to accomplish in 2017. These three are just the most important to me. If anything, I’d probably put more emphasis on traveling because that is another one of my passions. It’s liberating and good for the soul. Getting out of the Monday-Friday routine is important to me. I’m that person who works to live, but am surrounded by people who live to work. I work hard, but I don’t let it run my life. Money can always be made, it’s missed opportunities that we can’t ever get back.
So this year, I encourage all of you to see your resolutions through. Whether you want to lose weight, eat better, save money, pay off your debt, whatever, don’t lose sight of that goal, and of course, encourage others to do the same! Here’s to you, here’s to me, here’s to 2017!