Reflections on 2018 and a Different Kind of Resolution

I was watching the first episode of season two of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel last night when I heard it. Keith Urban doing his sound check at Bicentennial Park for the Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Years Eve in Nashville. Last year we lived directly across the street from the park and still opted out of attending his show. It was far too cold and no amount of alcohol that I would want to consume in one sitting could make it okay to stand outside for any significant period of time. As I type this, I can hear through my walls that someone has taken the stage to wrap up 2018. Soon the sky will be lit up fireworks.

As holds true for most of my recent years, a lot of significant things happened in 2018:

  • I worked my first full year as a licensed massage therapist and completed some fascinating continued education courses
  • My husband and I bought a house in Nashville while we were on vacation in Key West
  • We had our first wedding anniversary
  • We started a new business together.. again
  • My older brother got engaged to his lovely girlfriend
  • I finally registered for yoga teacher training
  • I learned a lot about myself and my ability to be resilient
  • I’ve made new friends and have become more open-minded as I continue to acclimate to the friendly culture of The South
  • I also traveled quite a bit around the states and ventured to Canada

A brief photo recap of a few of my adventures:

I loved what Tamara Levitt had to say about the new year during my guided meditation so much that I thought I would share it here.

“Today we observe the end of a year. It may only mark a symbolic lap around the sun but new years is an irresistible chance to ponder our year past and our year upcoming. As we reflect, it’s common to ruminate on what we accomplished in the past year and what we didn’t. We contemplate the aspects of our lives that need fixing and then resolve to fix them. Of course there is nothing wrong with setting goals and intentions but resolutions are often rooted in a harsh self criticism. So today, I’d like to invite you to think about your resolutions a little differently. Instead of outward achievements, instead of less pounds on the scale or more dollars in the bank, I encourage you to consider the qualities you would like to develop in yourself. Instead of focusing on what you would like to do this year, perhaps consider who you would like to be. Reflect and dream of the person you would like to become. Expand your dream of what’s possible and trust that you have the strength and courage to become that very person. I wish you patience in your path because change takes time. Celebrate each tiny shift that you make. Each tiny growth and insight. Set aside the idea that you need to be fixed and begin to trust that you are exactly where you need to be. That you are learning and growing. Becoming and Being. That is enough. More than anything I wish you self love because you owe yourself that more than anything. Drink hot tea on cold days. Sleep when you’re tired. Remember to stop and play and breathe. As we shift into a new year, plant some seeds of aspiration. This moment, like all moments is an instant of pure possibility. ” Tamara Levitt

I have never been one to make resolutions but her words struck me. What a beautiful sentiment. Let us carefully consider what kind of qualities we would like to embody as we turn the page on 2018 and warmly welcome the new year.

May we all continue to grow and thrive in 2019

All the best,

thehappinessjones

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