Wednesday, December 31, 2014

How will you live your life in 2015?

How will you improve your life in 2015?
Kate Spade 2015 Planner

I used to hate resolutions. I was too busy to think about the past year or anticipate the future year. I was recovering from Christmas and would be back into the thick of work, children, family, and an endless list of chores and activities before I realized what was happening. I thought that was good. I thought that meant my life was important.

Today is different. Today I try to reflect not just once a year, but every day. I want to live an examined life so nothing passes me by. If I need to make adjustments to my attitude, my business, my family life, I want to uncover that need now, not in 40 years.

And so, as cliche as it may sound, the end of the year gives me a welcome opportunity to reexamine my life goals.

Here are a few things I'll be focusing on this year, because they all deserve attention:

  1. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the "busy-ness" of life's activities and miss those things most important in life. This year I will make an extra effort to reconnect with my husband at the end of each week (preferably over a glass of wine) and hug and kiss my children.
  2. I will try to put my phone down. I will listen to the people around me closely. I will be present in the moment. I will, at times, sit uncomfortably in silence.
  3. A small business owner myself, I will make every effort to support other small, local businesses in my area, as they give my city its unique flare and fuel the local economy.
  4. I will push myself in business, to achieve aggressive financial goals and learn new ways of caring for the human body.
  5. I will  open my heart. I will not judge others, as I don't understand their situations. I will strive to be kind to the people I encounter when I leave my house: at the library, the grocery store, the drug store, the doctor's office.
  6. I will not allow an angry person's negative energy to infiltrate me. I will thank my lucky stars I am not as angry as they and move on to focus on what's important in life.
And, I will toast you, dear reader, because you fuel my passion to write, share, and push myself. I hope 2015 is a wonderful year full of new ideas and understandings.

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