For many of us, 2017 was a very challenging year. It was filled with a lot of tragedy, loss, stress and struggle. And towards the end, it was almost unbearable. There was nearly a whole month lost when our town caught on fire. The time spent evacuated from our home was actually not so bad – with no real concept of what remained behind the police barricades. We were only able to make the best of a terrible situation and did so by gathering with our family and friends, sharing stories and laughs, and a lot of tears. It was the weeks after that really took their toll on us all. The dark reality that my mother’s home was completely gone was gutting.
There were tiny miracles along the way too. My mom moved into a lovely home, even closer to us, that she can spread out in and enjoy. We are working together to build back her life; starting from scratch can actually be fun! Another milestone, we sold our house in Utah. This was something that absolutely had to be accomplished in 2017. It took a lot more effort to do so than expected, and in the ninth hour on December 29th, it was no longer ours.
To celebrate the little things, we decided to take our kids to Arizona for a few days. Never have I felt the need to connect as a family as I have in this new year. I have all of the other resolutions lined up as well, but the goal to be present has become paramount. We chose Scottsdale because we love the Phoenician and it’s kid friendly vibe. Also, two of my best friends live there coincidentally. Even though it was a family-focused trip, we did manage to spend some time with them, and they are practically family anyway!
The time away reminded me how important it is to make each day count. When I say count, I mean that by the time I settle into bed, ready to start over again, that I can identify a way I’ve made a difference. Whoa, that sounded very earth shattering, and I don’t mean it that way. More like, the differences could be for my own health. Or, having helped my kids with a school project. I’ve crossed off all of my to-do’s. Just taking 15 minutes alone to think or clear the slate is meaningful. I want to accomplish things that will make a difference in the well being of not only my being, but others close to me as well.
I have set January 15th as my official implementation week. I am using this week to prepare and get all the tools out that I will need. Of course, I will be starting the 30 Clean eating and fitness challenge that I often participate in. But I will also be using a 30 day chart to be more mindful, in addition to visiting with my spiritual coach (yes, I have one) each week. So to the new year, I say hello. Nothing more than welcome, with warmth and new horizons in sight.