Thursday, August 18, 2016

How Are Those New Year's Resolutions Going?

Towards the end of last week, I stumbled on a Facebook post that caught my attention. It was in the form of a question. "Does anyone actually remember their New Year's Resolution? How's it going, by the way?" My first reaction was, "Damn. We've already passed the first half of the year." Then, I thought, "Well, how IS it going?"

I don't make New Year's Resolutions. Instead, and as I quoted in the Our Bodacious Dog Mom Life year-end post for 2015...

I’m not a fan of  the "New Year, New Me." I do not sit and write out a list of New Year’s Resolutions. Instead, I reflect on the past year. Mistakes made. Lessons learned. Trials and tribulations. Streams of events I experienced while venturing down my meandering path of unpopular. Ties I’ve severed. Bonds that have strengthened. The ground I stood on a year ago versus now.

So, how is THAT going for me. For us?

Towards the end of last year, we were completely frustrated. We needed to make some serious changes all the way around.

Our new outlook for 2016 isn't about severing ties or doing less. It's more about shifting our focus. More efforts towards this. Less on that. More time spent with you and you and you. Less time dedicated to those who continuously made excuses. Living in the moment. Less planning and more spontaneity. Embracing simplicity. 

For the most part? So far. So good. We've shifted our focus. That's been very apparent on the Bodacious Biscuit Love end of things. You can read about that here, here, and here.

Aside from the biscuit love end of things, well, there are too many exemplary posts highlighting these changes and such. I suggest you pour a cup of coffee, or wine, and read through the 2016 posts.

There are simply too many to link.

On the flip side, and after reading my unconventional New Year's Resolution post, I realize there are a few things I need to hone up on.

There are some out of state friends who I need to put more effort into staying in touch with and nurturing those relationships.

I need to stop ignoring common sense when my "guilt button" is pushed.

I need to realize that if it's important, people will find a way. If not, they'll find an excuse. Those people who continuously find excuses aren't worth my time.

I need to stop offering my marketing services for free. Just recently, I had to make a tough decision. Over the past few months, I dedicated a lot of time to helping some local artisans, who were struggling, out who just dropped me like a hot potato.

In my defense, instead of offering them a second chance, I ended our relationship immediately. So, I am making strides. 

More importantly, and above all, 2016 has been a year of change. Growing pains. More trials and tribulations.

We've embraced them all and learned every step of the way.

This year has been much better than last because of that.

Yet, we still have a ways to go.

And, that will always be the case because as long as we're breathing, we'll be learning and improving.

That's just the way it is.

So, how are YOUR New Year's Resolutions panning out?

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