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How to Start the New Year With Confidence and Gratitude

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Ahhh, 2017...

Any one else out there love and loathe New Year's resolutions?  ✋ Oh good, I knew I couldn't be the only one.

Every year I start out with the best of intentions - journal more, keeping a gratitude list, lose weight, learn a new skill - you know the drill.  And no kidding, by mid-February I've already fallen behind.  

Sad fact, but I know I'm not the only one.  Right? 😜 This year, I'm tackling those darn resolutions a little differently by using tools that make it easier to keep these resolutions.

Gratitude

I met the artist, Nick, when I last visited NYC in November 2016.  He is the nicest man and it's always delightful to meet the artist that makes the product you enjoy.  I find this gratitude pad so easy to use!  It's cute, it's simple, and anything that makes keeping a resolution easier, I can get behind. I own the one with the dogs sticking their heads out the window.  

Meditation

I love Headspace, the meditation app, but I have a million and one excuses for why I frequently don't use it.  But this year, I have vowed to be better about making the time to meditate.  I will freely admit that I'm a night time meditator so that I can sleep better.  My morning routine is cray cray and I can not fit something else in.

Smile

I bought the 5 Minute Journal for the first time about two years ago and find it so easy to use.  But carrying the book with me while commuting was starting to drive me nuts.  I take a train and a bus so I like to keep my load light in order to run as fast as I can when I'm running late (nearly all the time).  So when the company behind the physical book version released the Android app, I couldn't buy it fast enough.

Happiness

That inner critic I previously mentioned, yeah, she can really suck my joy.  This year I am making a conscious decision to shut her up.  How am I doing that?  It's simple really, but hard to do in this fast-paced world we live in - stop.  Stop listening to my inner mean girl.  Pay attention to what I spend my time listening to. 

Stop to notice what's around me (reminder, not in the middle of traffic), stop to have a real conversation, stop to enjoy what I'm eating instead of scarfing it all down to grab seconds before someone else eats it all.  No tool or trick for this goal - just better using my God-given tool - my brain - better.  

What about you?  Have you kept your resolutions or will you be restarting them on February 1?  Leave a comment below and tell me your resolution and whether you're successful in keeping one. 

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