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Obligatory New Years Post

Welcome to 2019! (Got that right on the first try and I'm very proud of myself.)

I've stared at this blinking cursor for way to long today. In spite of the new year, old fears hang on like the last dregs of sleep. What do I say that hasn't already been said? Will it sound cliche? Stupid? Is anybody reading?

We set goals because everyone loves a new page, a clean slate, but the second many of us stumble, we give up. Anxiety continues to swallow our words, one slice of cake turns into two, and instead of reading we sit through a full season of that show we know so well we can quote it (not guilty, I swear).

My good friend Sharon M. Peterson, is currently working on an amazing story about a young woman who creates a list of anti-resolutions. What I've read so far has absolutely cracked me up. It also gave me an idea. A very freeing one. Instead of resolutions this year, I'm starting a list of things I won't let myself do any more. I submit to you the beginnings of this list:

1. I will NOT use negative self talk as a way to try and motivate myself.

2. I will NOT take responsibility for other people's reactions (as long as I'm not being a jerk).

3. I will NOT let fear swallow my words.

4. I will NOT believe I'm abnormal for the anxieties I struggle with.

This is just the start of my list. I plan to come up with more as the year goes on. But now I'm curious. Do you have any resolutions or anti-resolutions? Why or why not? If you have a second, I'd love to know!




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