New Year, More Challenges

Is the New Year Always the Starting Point?

You would think by “My Midlife” I would be on top of the new year with many tasks to help guide me into a new phase of life. But the new year offers, not only more aspirations and dreams to afford and achieve, but responsibilities in closing the previous year. It’s been a slow transition this time around.

But I was able to pay bills, apply for jobs and new projects, reinstate policies and work membership groups and make appointments for a better transition. I mentally made checklists of everything I want to change for myself – go to the gym more, eat better, life balance, etc. You get the picture.

But do we really have to wait for a new year to make and plan new goals? For me, some of these changes developed in the process of a health scare back in November. Nothing like being thrown into the lions’ den to get your act together. As a result, I’m eating a heart healthy, low-sodium diet. The gym and dancing will come soon enough. And it will all bring my life into balance.

As I’ve been on programs before and previously lost 42 pounds, I know that it works. This time I will change the process. Try new things and give it my all. This time, reality is, it’s not just to look good but to live a longer and healthier life for what’s to come.

Do you have any great tips, links, books or other sources?

When reaching goals in the past, I’ve learned to write out and number lists with those most important at the top. I’ve also seen the encouragement of vision boards. And more encouragement and process happens amongst groups and positive conversations.

But with going forth in making changes, especially at the end of one year and the start of new one, comes reflection. To be honest, my eyes were really opened in November. After the fear subsided, I realized that I’ve been put on this earth, like everyone, for a reason. God has a purpose for all of us. We are to use our talents and gifts for others to see Him. With that said, I write this first blog post encouraging you in the 2017 journey. Make it a great year.

I’d love to hear from you on encouraging words of transitions and dreams you’re achieving in 2017. Blessings to you in your journey.

 

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