Resolutions for the New Year? I have none. But I do have lessons from last year that I am carrying over to this one. If I must resolve to anything, it would be to not forget them and remember them as I venture into what I expect to be an exciting time for me and my family.
Time has a way of passing by so quickly. It’s so easy to forget so it’s important for me to write them down.
Most memorable lessons from 2011 for me are:
- I learned to better reject negativity and embrace love.
- I learned that opportunities are never really lost and that a “good” opportunity is relevant.
- I learned the value of quality in friendships and that quantity has very little to do with it.
- I learned to accept that I am not a follower – I learned there’s nothing wrong with that.
- I learned to ignore the chatter and trust my gut. Some of my best decisions came about this way.
- I learned that I can develop a better opinion about places, people, and things when I shut up about my own, shut out other people’s and just observe and listen.
- I learned that I don’t always have to share my opinion…no matter how strongly I feel it.
- I learned that I really love living in New Jersey (and that it doesn’t suddenly make me a NOT New Yorker) and that where I live is faster to get to than most boroughs of NY and yet still it terrifies people – I learned that those people are stupid.
- I learned to respond to the question “Are you going to be NJ City Mama now?” without throwing death darts from my eyes.
- I learned to laugh about it.
- I learned to take breaks and disconnect – I learned that I really, really love that.
- I learned that even some of the most well-read blogger have no clue and even not really all that liked, but no one will tell them. (I would, but see lesson #7).
- I learned that the least read blogger is usually the most interesting overall.
- I learned to eat smaller meals throughout the day and drink more water.
- I learned to tell my family and friends that I love them more.
- I learned that I hate attending conferences – I learned there’s nothing wrong with that.
- I learned the importance of flossing…after I learned I had the first cavity in my life.
- I learned that I really love being in a space where no one blogs or uses Twitter, at times more than I love being in the space with people who do.
- I learned that I am lucky in so many ways. This lesson keeps me grounded and grateful on a daily basis.
- I learned that even at this age I still have so much to learn.
Happy New Year!