Happy New Year 2018

Welcome to 2018!  Starting the year gives you the opportunity to start new goals, continue to work on old goals, and evaluate to make sure that your goals are leading you in the right direction.  Generally, I like to review the previous year, and think about what works and what doesn’t.  2017 had it’s ups and downs, but I learned a lot, about myself, my goals, and important things in my life.  I transferred into a new job, that I enjoy, and financially, we are making progress.  For the next year, I’m hoping to keep moving forward.

This year, I would like to travel, continue to learn about myself, and keep working toward happiness.  How do you decide what your goals are?  What things would you like to make happen in 2018?  I have talked with some people who are hoping to change careers, or find a job that helps them feel better about themselves and their future.  Never underestimate the power of having a reason to get out of bed in the morning, and looking forward to going to work.  There are so many other things to consider when setting goals for the new year as well.  Do you have relationships in your life that are supportive and sustaining?  Being surrounded by loving supportive people is important as you take on the world, and whatever comes with it.

When it come to learning about myself, the more I learn the more I understand that I have more to learn.  When working with patients, it’s important to start with what’s working for them and what is not.  When it comes to what is not working, we talk about what they have control over.  We all have control over how we feel and what we do, but unfortunately we can’t control others.  We can try to influence others, but in the end we can’t change them.  When it comes to my kids, I learn more about that every day.  As I learn more about myself, I’m able to work on my goals and get help when I need it, but I’m still a work in progress.

I chose travel as a goal because there is still so much that I would like to be able to see.  From the Grand Canyon, to St. Augustine, Florida, and lots of things in between, I like visiting new places.  I love quaint little towns, and mountains.  I like camping, and whiking ( something between walking and hiking).  I like being outside, meeting new people, and exploring new things.  I like traveling in the states, but would still like to visit other places.

Whatever your goals for the new year, make the new year meaningful.  Plan for the future, but make sure that you are living in the present.  After so many movies related to Scrooge over the holidays, I have a renewed focus on living in the past the present and future, but mostly the present.   I have to admit that I tend to focus too far ahead, and lose what’s important today.  I’m hoping to get better at that this year as well.  As the new year begins, I just hope to be happy and healthy, have my family, and enjoy all my blessings.  I wish all the same for you, and I wish you the best, as you continue on your journey to be happy for life.