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Each year, as we reflect back on what we did—and didn’t—accomplish, we seem to get this fire to accomplish everything imaginable in the New Year. Lose weight, save money, study the scriptures, write in a journal, see old friends. By February, we’re burnt out and regretting that long list on the fridge. By March, the list gets lost somewhere behind children’s artwork and coupons from the mail. Then the rest of the year passes all too quickly, and we find ourselves starting all over again.

I find myself guilty of the same thing, and in the past week or so have compiled quite the mental list of goals to accomplish. The other day, though, I saw a friend’s post that mentioned how her goal for the year is to simply be. Be better. Be kinder. Be healthier. Be more present. It sounds a lot less stressful when you put it like that.

In 2019, be more present. Take the time to cherish the little moments of laughter and giggles. Take the time to sit down at the dinner table without electronics. Take the time to learn something new.

In 2019, be more active. Don’t worry about pounds and ounces, diets, or regiments. Just be more active. Take the stairs. Walk to work. It’s a lot less stressful when you just look in the mirror instead of constantly looking at a scale.

In 2019, be happier. Do the things you love. Try something you’ve always wanted to try. Create the bucket list of your dreams. Spend time with those you love. Take time to love yourself.

You could go on and on about all the things we can work to “be”. Choose what will make you happy and do it. Try a little harder to be a little better.

Plan out your year.

Set your priorities and make 2019 the best year yet. We can’t change the past, but we can change our futures.

Let go out the past, learn from it, and make who you are today stronger and better than the person you were yesterday.

May 2019 be a wonderful year for you and yours.

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4 thoughts on “New Year, New Goals

  1. Thank you for such an inspiring piece .
    I struggle with the trying to do to much . This has given me things to thing about .

  2. This makes life feel a little more achievable. I don’t do resolutions but I need to not be overwhelmed with everything that I shut down. This is something positive to remember to keep you going in the right direction.

  3. Thank you for sharing this. It really does relive a lot of the “better me” stress by just thinking of the one word.

  4. Hmmm…concentrate on general goals, and the details line up in each category!

    Staying more connected to faces during dinner (instead of Facebook) improves relationships in a big way!

    Concentrating on moving can get you out into all that fresh air and sunshine…which improves your mood (less crankiness? BRING IT!)!

    As I give massage treatments, I often remark on how things we don’t think have anything to do with one another are actually connected. Your list (and items we add for ourselves) is a gateway to better living and lots of surprises.

    Thanks for the wonderful essay!

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