Okay, I know what you are thinking. It’s August so why in the world is Rebecca talking about new year’s resolutions (NYR). They’ve been on my mind as we are more than half of the way through 2017. I don’t usually set NYR as I am really good at breaking them by the second or third week in January. I do think about general themes and goals for the year, however. More about the type of person I am hoping to become over the next year. So now that we are past mid-year, I wanted to take a moment to revisit this idea. Rather than thinking about whether or not you’ve lost 20 pounds (which I have!) or finished Spanish lessons (always on my to-do list but I still haven’t), here are some questions to consider.
1 – How am I doing at being kind? At times of stress, I find that my kindness seems to lessen. The first half of this year was pretty stressful (full-time plus job, grad school, teaching an early morning religion class to awesome high schoolers), I found that I was kind to coworkers and neighbors but not as patient with my family (or myself) as I hoped to be. As I look towards the next semester, I hope to be more kind and patient with the people who matter most to me.
2 – Am I being a good steward of my earnings? I would love randomly come into a lot of money, but that hasn’t happened yet. I do want to be a good steward of what I do have. Am I being thoughtful in my purchases? Am I taking good care of the resources I have?
3 – How am I taking care of myself? I probably should have put this one first. I tend to be the type of person who overstresses herself which results in little sleep, not the best food choices, reduced time with friends and family, and dropping hobbies. As I look forward to the end of the year, this is an area I am hoping to make some progress on. I have made poor choices regarding sleep this year and often average 5 hours of sleep a night. That is NOT good self-care! I am working to arrange my schedule more carefully for these next few months to take better care of myself.
I wish you a wonderful end of summer and hope that as we enter the fall, you can also take a few minutes to reflect on who you are becoming!