After a brief (6 month) hiatus from my blogging adventure, I have made it my New Year’s Resolution to return to writing. In my 6 month break, I have done some wonderful things, but I have also let myself get very busy and have forgotten to sit and reflect. As I find myself rushing from one thing to the next, I decided it was important to build this reflection time back into my life. Therefore, New Year, New Blog.
Last year, my blog had a monthly theme – which sometimes made for trite posts that did not really fit my monthly goal. So, I’m taking a new approach. Reflections. Musings. Creative Ideas. Stories. This year, my blog will encompass any and all of the above, and maybe some other things along the way.
For my first post (this time), I’m setting myself up with some goals for the year. I’m not a big fan of “resolutions.” I think that “resolving” to do something puts a bit to much pressure on me. What if I don’t do it? Will I have failed? Instead, I’m focusing on my goals for the coming year. I have made these goals broad enough that I should be able to meet them in some way. None of my goals are measurable – like lose 10 pounds – or anything like that. Instead, I have decided on goals that will help me to be a better, more loving, and more forgiving person. So here we are:
- Say ‘yes’ to opportunities. I get into a routine. I like my routine. It’s comfortable and doesn’t challenge me. But, it doesn’t offer much opportunities for growth. Some of my best decisions I made last year came from my month of saying ‘yes’ to new opportunities. I’m excited to see how many new doors open if I just keep myself open to the possibility.
- Say ‘no’ when I need to. The corollary of saying ‘yes’ is saying ‘no’ when something doesn’t feel right. I am a people-pleaser and I like doing things for other people. I like to be involved, and I like to help people out. Sometimes, this means putting myself last and burning the candle at all ends. I have learned that I need time for me. It’s okay for me to take the time I need and put myself first sometimes.
- Think of my mistakes as learning opportunities. I preach this to my students every day. Each and every day, I tell them to “Make Mistakes Boldly.” However, I am really bad at doing that myself. I will own my mistakes, but I will endeavor to not let them destroy me. Instead, I will look for the lesson and try to do better next time.
- Learn something new every day. This does not have to be anything big like learning a new instrument or a language, but something to open my mind every day. I’m excited to see what the world has to offer!
- Listen to Hear. This is probably my most important resolution. As a choir teacher, I have to listen all the time to help my students progress musically. But sometimes I wonder if I’m really hearing what is going on around me. In today’s political climate, it is possible to ignore what I don’t want to hear and focus on what I agree with. In surrounding myself with those with similar viewpoints as myself, I get isolated from others who have things to say. I think it’s important to listen to someone and say “I hear you” and not offer any rebuttal. My goal this year is to have meaningful conversations about everything and really listen to the other person – not to plan my response, but to hear them.
So that’s what I’ve got. I’m sure these 5 goals will produce a number of interesting stories and reflections.
Happy 2018! May this year be the best one yet.