On my vision board I put things like remembering to slow down, take time for me, and celebrate being a mom. Being a mom is pretty much all I ever wanted and yet there are days that between tantrums and little sleep that I forget to appreciate the joy of it. I forget to focus on the beautiful blessings and instead focus on the complaints. Yet I have learned those complaints are a big part of feeling tired and focusing on the blessings is a source of energy for me.
My daughter looked through the magazines and found what interested her. This included the joy of finding pictures of both my brother and sister-in-law, photos that vaguely resemble the entire family's pets, and the Blue Bunny ice cream ads. She added some emoji stickers for good measure.
When I first helped her glue hers together I giggled and thought, "well it is still fun and in a few more years she will get it." Upon further reflection after I was done with mine I realized hers is actually very accurate. We don't get to see my brother and sister-in-law as much as we did when she was younger and she asks for them all the time. She is getting more interested in interacting with our dog, from reading her stories and playing fetch to simply feeding her. And the ice cream ad is a great representation of having choices; which is a big deal at this age.
Mine on the other hand is more about focusing inward on me to create better connections with the people around me. It is about self-care which is a constant struggle for me because I do tend to put everyone else first. It is about perspective and the power it has over how I see this coming year.
The year ahead may not be a blank slate as I used to think. Some of the lines are filled in for us. Some circumstances are out of our control while others are simply necessities to keep us productive members of society. We have the power of our perspective to choose if the story reads like Edgar Allen Poe or like Mary Poppins. There are still plenty of blanks to fill in and those are all you. How will you write this year?
I'm grateful to ring in the new year with a kiss from my husband. I'm grateful that for the first time in her life my daughter slept through the neighbors fireworks display at midnight. I'm grateful for a quiet game night and funny shows to help me stay up way passed my bedtime. I'm grateful to open my eyes eager for a new day and new year. I'm grateful for the fun experience of creating vision boards with my daughter. I'm grateful to have the reminder to give her choices as often as possible and let the little things go. I'm grateful for the beautiful blessing of being her mom and all the joys I get from my family. I'm grateful and excited to see where 2019 will take us. And I'm grateful to know I have influence over the tone of the script.
This year I will choose to hear ___________ narrating my life. When challenges arise I will remember how grateful I am for ___________ and I will focus on the beautiful blessings all around me. How will you choose to fill in the blanks?
May this year be a celebration. May the challenges of last year be released and may we face 2019 with strength, courage, and love. May this be the year for dreams to come true and may we have the power of a positive perspective to color each moment. Have a beautiful day!