Thoughts on a New Year – 2014


I have tried with every ounce of my being not to make a single New Year’s resolution this year. You see, I am not a resolution kind of girl. It’s not that I haven’t tried in the past, I have. Literally, just last year I had a whole list of resolutions and a whole bucket list of items that I had to do. I can.not.believe these words are about to be typed by me but…as I get older, I am able to acknowlege and accept who I am.

Years ago, I tried to change who I was. I tried to be perfect. I tried to “do it all” much more than I should. But this year I have noticed a difference. I’ve become more honest with myself and more accepting of me for me. This may sound like no big deal, especially to someone that has already conquered this, but to me, this was the accomplishment of the year. It’s what makes me excited for the year to come.

This year is the year of reflection. It is the year of trying to take things a little more slowly so that I can truly get a sense of how I feel. It is the year of looking inside and being true to myself. In 2010 (or even as recently as last year), this wouldn’t fly. I used to think that everything needed to revolve around my children and ONLY them. Saying that makes it sound like this year is all about me, but what it’s really about is making a better me so that I can take care of my family in the best way possible.

I have already started my self-reflection in so many ways and have come to recognize some of the things that I am happy with in life and some of the things I want to change. I need to drink more water. I need to find more time to exercise. I need to knit again. I realize that these sound a lot like resolutions, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. My one and only resolution is to evaluate how I feel on a daily basis. Reflect and be mindfull. A friend wrote a really great piece on this the other day. Here it is in case you want to read it (you totally should!)

I plan on making time, even if it is just a few minutes each day to reflect. Sometimes I do this by waking up super early, before the kids get up and sitting in the quiet with my coffee. Sometimes it is writing in my Happiness Project Journal each night. Where as in years past these times have been much more scattered, this year, in 2014 I’d like to be more consistent.

I want to say at the end of this year that I am happy with how I lived my life that even when mistakes were made or life didn’t go as planned that I was able to learn and be confident with how I handled them. There is so much to be said for being true to yourself.

What do you do in your daily life to be more mindful and reflect? 

About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. Love this. Finding time each day to assess and reflect and observe oneself is a fabulous way to live. Happy 2014! xoxo
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  2. I want to make changes this year, but I’m really struggling. I put up some goals, but I still feel stuck. I did the slow down thing last year and nothing feels quite right, EXCEPT I’ll be moving toward change. That’s ALL I know…
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  3. Love this! This year I’m focusing on being more positive and truly seeing the good in everything (even when it’s hard). Great post.
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  4. I wish I was in a place not to make a resolution, but I’m not quite there yet. Although, I completely agree with the power of a journal. My family does a gratitude journal and it is so uplifting.
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  5. Great mindset for the year ahead! I have a friend who started an FB group for our circle where we post what we did for ourselves that day. It’s been a great way to share and keep it in mind.
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  6. This is a great post and what I think is one of the best “resolutions” you can make! Happy New Year!
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  7. Thank you for this. I’m not one for new year’s resolutions either. Perhaps one should rather look for new year’s “inspirations”.
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  8. I don’t really believe in making resolutions either, but I like your idea of reflecting daily. I also need to focus more on myself – I think that’s something most moms struggle with!
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