Why is this year so different? First, I am still taking extra care to try to kick this congestion bug. Second, the evening was spent packing and trying to prep for a trip that got moved up by a full day.
I started making changes for the new year a couple weeks ago. Today I was faced with my first test to my new goals and much to my disappointment I did not hold up to the standards and goals I had set. My initial reaction was being hard on myself and thoroughly bummed. But this reaction in and of itself is part of the changes I am trying to make for the new year.
Instead I am using this test as a practice run. It showed me where I need to "break down" my goals a little further to help myself succeed and create a new habit.
Stepping into tomorrow may be a new year and new goals but it is part of the same, ever-changing story. Each little step I take is moulding a new me for the future. As part of this, I am choosing self-care tonight and getting some sleep. There will be plenty of celebrations in the days to come.
I'm grateful for a practice test. I'm grateful to have fallen on my face and observed the feelings and reactions it brought. I'm grateful to see how my goals need tweaked and shifted to make the changes I want to see. I'm grateful to allow myself to feel all my feelings and to have a wonderful husband to talk it out with as I process. I'm grateful for ideals and lofty goals but I'm more grateful to respect and honor my humanness and take it one baby step at a time. I'm grateful for a new year and many new adventures.
What goals and changes do you want to make? How do you set yourself up for success? How to you process the missteps?
May today remind us to proceed with grace. May we see the beauty in our success and stumbles as we navigate the year to come. Have a beautiful day!