When it comes to New Year’s resolutions there are usually two camps of people: people who diligently make resolutions every year and people who make fun of people who make resolutions every year. When I asked my Mum what her resolutions were this year she sat quietly…sighed deeply and said I guess I’ll try to lose weight again! And then we both laughed. I think many of us feel the same way. We try to climb that same mountain every year to no avail. So this year instead of thinking of what I want to do in 2016 I decided to think back to what I LEARNED in 2015. And perhaps what I would like to learn in 2016. I tried it out on my Mum and all of a sudden she couldn’t stop talking. She learned a LOT in 2015 and it was a really wonderful way to think about the year’s end and get ready for a new year. So here are my top lessons learned in 2015.
- I learned life is not what happens to you it is how you react to it. (And you never know how you are going to react until something BIG happens like it did this year. Always stay positive and always be kind.)
- I learned you are not what you do. (Thank God!) It is an important part of you but we are more than any one label that society puts on us.
- I learned to “walk towards your people”. Walk away from those that are unkind and run fast towards the people who inspire, motivate, challenge, encourage, and bring out the best in you. Good people are everywhere and that if you “knew who walked around you on a daily basis you would cease to be afraid.”
- I learned to trust my instincts even more sharply than I ever have.
- I learned that God is always, always up to something. Have more Faith.
- I learned how to plan an amazing trip to Europe…cook some incredibly good Sunday dinners…and start to develop a real passion for wine.
- I learned that travel with a baby is possible. So many people told me that my traveling days would stop after I have a child. I am happy to report this is incorrect. It involves more planning and more “stuff” but it can be done and enjoyed!!
- I learned that GRATITUDE changes everything. Love the little things in life because they really are the BIG things.
- And most of all, I learned that I LOVE being a Mom. Even through the bleary-eyed no sleep nights of the first three months, I felt that my DNA changed when Jack was born and I had absolutely no idea how much I would adore being Jack’s Mum. Bring on 2016!!