Happy 2018, friends! This past month I’ve been working my way through the Cultivate Powersheets (if you haven’t heard of this planner, check it out here). As I’ve been making my way through the prep phase of the planner, one of the questions that really popped out at me was this: “What are you letting go of in 2018?
The question intrigues me because 2017 was a hard year for me mentally and emotionally. To be honest, the events of the past year have pushed me into holding on to some pretty negative things in my life! I’ve already written out a few of the things I want to let go of this year in my Powersheets but I wanted to include them on the blog as well, just for some extra accountability. And, who knows, maybe you’ve been feeling the same way this past year and need ideas on what you can let go of this year!
I’ve realized this year that I’m a person whose mood is very influenced by the events going around her. I glance through my News app or scroll through my Twitter feed and all I see are the bad things happening in the world right now. Pretty soon, instead of looking for the silver lining, I’m automatically assuming the worst–in the world, in other people, and in myself.
This year I want to stop focusing on the bad and start focusing on the ways I can change things around me for the better. Even when I feel that my contribution is too small to affect change on the problems what weigh on my heart, I want to remember that my positive or negative attitude does affect the people around me.
Raise your hand if you’ve felt down about yourself because you’ve compared your life to someone else’s. I know I’m guilty. Especially during this age of social media, it’s easy to believe everyone has a picture perfect life. The reality is that everyone is grappling with their own problems and life experiences–nothing is as perfect as it seems.
This year, instead of comparing myself and my accomplishments to others, I want to focus on creating my own version of success and celebrating the small victories in my life.
3. Procrastination & Indecisiveness
For me, these two definitely go hand in hand. I’m not the kind of person who has an easy time sticking to deadlines, especially self-imposed ones. And, even though I feel that I start out with good ideas, I put off doing anything about them until all I’m doing is second-guessing my goals.
This year, I want to become more intentional with time. I want to end the day with a sense of accomplishment, knowing that I didn’t fritter my time away scrolling through social media or staring at a blank piece of paper (that’s a big one for me).
If you had asked me a few years ago if I were an anxious person, I would have laughed. Now, I’d have to say yes. Looking back over the last year, I’ve found myself letting fear rule my life in too many ways to count. I’ve feared speaking out to avoid offending others. I’ve feared truly pouring myself into my goals supposing I’d fail. And, I’ve been anxious over the welfare of my marriage, my child, and myself.
In 2018, I’m making a promise to myself to let go of fear. Or at the very least, not let it completely control my actions/reactions. Instead, I want to focus on the things I have the ability to control and trust that everything else will fall into place.
After taking all my plans for the new year into account, I finally decided on my word of the year: Drum Roll Please.
Working through my powersheets has helped me pinpoint all that I want to focus on and accomplish this year so I’m going to share a little about what I’m focusing on for the blog in the coming year.
What You Can Expect
+ I’ll be sticking to posting 2 to 3 times a week
+ as of January 1st, I will be accepting one guest post per month on the topics of marriage, military life, parenthood or any of the topics I cover on the blog.
+ if you’re interested in any of my creative endeavors, follow me on my Youtube channel & crafty Instagram channel @Neverland Creative
IT’S YOUR TURN:
What’s one thing you’re letting go of in 2018?