Monday, January 1, 2018

Starting 2018 Differently

 Photos from my 2017 Instagram feed

Happy New Year Friends!

I know we are all catching our breath from our holiday celebrations, but before you fully move into 2018, I would like to suggest an idea.

The turning of our yearly calendar usually inspires us to look ahead at what we need to do or change in 2018.

What if instead, we did things differently?

I have, and here is why.

Early one morning while watching a Facebook live video titled Your Best Year Yet  by one of my all time favorite bloggers- Edie Wadsworth of LifeinGrace- she made a simple suggestion that knocked my socks off.

I grabbed a piece of paper while watching and started writing.

Edie- in her infinite wisdom- suggested this task before doing anything else associated with 2018 thinking and goal setting.

Write a list of what you accomplished in 2017

If you are a rebel like I am who has wanted so badly to create a magic list of resolutions (ugh) for the new year- then this is a game changer.

As I listed in my favorite don’t overthink it stream of consciousness Laura zone- I started to feel my shoulders relax, and I felt encouraged.

I was then able to look at the new year differently, and I realized that I could do it. I could plan. I could succeed however that looked.

I could give that rebellious little girl in me credit where credit was due.

You can too.

Thank you Edie.


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Debra She Who Seeks said...

That is indeed a great suggestion -- very positive and uplifting! Happy New Year!

Stacey said...

I wonder why it is that we look ahead as if everything we've done is not sufficient...

Instead we definitely should consider how much we've accomplished and how great things have been. If we don't count the great parts of life then we lose track of all that we should be grateful for. Thanks for the reminder, Laura. :)

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Happy New Year Laura!
Looking at life with a new lens and changing it all up, makes perfect sense to me. Quite frankly, I am rather weary of my "old," ways of doing things.
I'm more than ready to give this a try!

Simply LKJ said...

Love this idea Laura. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year to you and the family.

JB said...

I LOVE this idea. And you my dear would have a great list of accomplishments for 2017!
Happy New Year! Love you guys!

NanaDiana said...

What a great idea. Most often many of us look back and beat ourselves up for what DIDN'T get done. Happy New Year and blessings- xo Diana

Leslie Harris said...

What a refreshing approach Laura I can see why you like it. It’s almost second nature for us to assume we move forward from a place of deficit instead of abundance. I like this idea. And I’m looking forward to watching Your grow in your New year thanks for tagging me on this post. You’re so sweet.

Leslie Harris said...

So sorry for typos. I’m doing this without my glasses! 😊

Jeanie said...

That's interesting you mention this because it is something I've done for quite awhile. I'm not good at resolutions (I might come up with a few intentions but nothing to resolve) but I can't do it unless I look back at the highs (good art year, some fun travel and grand lake times) and lows (illness and health scares, deaths of some I care for). And what I did -- for better or worse. I love that you're talking about it! You can't really move forward without knowing where you've been.

Theresa said...

We HAVE accomplished a lot in 2017, I am gonna do that too! Thanks for sharing a new way to look at the New Year! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

My thrift store addiction said...

Laura, I loved your post & do you know I started doing this very thing several years ago?! Every new year I write a gratitude list for the previous year and a list of prayer requests for the coming year. It has been such a blessing to go back each year and see the prayers that have been answered. I find this so much more inspiring that a list of resolutions! Blessings to you and yours & Happy New Year! Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction

Tammy Patina and Paint said...

Happy New Year Laura! It's funny but I decided to give myself a break this year. Yes, I still want to loose weight, eat healthy etc. but I'm more interested in making time to work on things I love. Hand lettering, figuring out my phone, being with family more.... I think the idea of being grateful for what we accomplished is a fabulous and liberating idea. Thanks for the reminder!

Preppy Empty Nester said...

What a great idea!! Happy New Year, Laura!

Nancy's Notes said...

Laura, you have accomplished so much in 2017, makes my head spin! Dear, dear friend what you do on a daily basis is phenomenal!! Your list I’m sure is amazing! Thanks for the grand idea, I’m going to work on the past, present and future list!!
Hugs to you!!!


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