How gratitude tops any New Year’s resolution

Welcome to 2019!
Welcome to 2019!

Wow, just like that we’re off into a new year. With a new year there most likely will be some new year’s resolutions right?

This year I’m going to do it differently.

This year I will do it.

This year I will stop this.

Many things that might pop up on that list hey? To be honest I like making a plan, setting myself up for the next big step. At the beginning of the new year is a great moment as we often reflect on what has happened over the last year.

Though somehow the way I do this has changed over the years. The goals I set for myself are precise, realistic, and time related. I don’t go too big, too broad. I want to make sure whatever I aim to achieve, I actually stick to and I do this by making it personal. I like to let go of all those opinions and comments from others, of all the expectations what seems right in the eyes of others.

So my goals come from deep inside my heart – usually something that over time has been neglected a bit but I know I need to shine light on to be the best I can be.

For example, one of my goals is to visit my family and friends in Europe by July. I have been pushing this for almost three years now – I felt like there never was the right time, enough money. There was work to do and people to be supported, which don’t get me wrong I enjoyed, yet, I knew I really need to go. So rather than letting those external factors take over, I turn it around and make it a priority this year. I’ve put it out there to my partner, friends, and my family so it’s locked in already. And I have a timeline to stick to, which makes it feel so much more real.

What are your goals for 2019? How do you set them?

For me there are a few of these goals I’ve set myself – very personal, specific goals. However, besides all the goal setting there is one thing that I find much more important: GRATITUDE.

My friend and I practicing yoga in the morning at Papamoa Beach, New Zealand.
Practicing yoga with my lovely friend at Papamoa Beach

Gratitude for what I have already, for where I am right now, for the people that surround me. Gratitude for being healthy and able to move in the way I want to move. Gratitude for all those simple things that often are the most special yet.

I like this quote my friend shared with me just a few days ago:

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.

– Melody Beattie

This is my ultimate goal anytime – practice gratitude. And I say this because sometimes it is so easy to aim for the fancy things, to stress about buying the latest stuff, to get caught up in I-hope-one-day thinking.

Giving our full presence to all the things we already have and all the wonderful people that surround us right now, THAT can take away much much pressure from wanting to have more or feeling the need for something different, better.

Riding my dream wave in Raglan, New Zealand.
Spending New Year’s holiday in Raglan, New Zealand

Whatever your new year’s resolutions are, I hope you, too, take a moment to step outside, breathe, and be grateful for what you have right now. You might be surprised what evolves from that space.

2019 is going to be all the wonderful things you allow it to be.

Happy New Year!


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