This is the year of big change, of fresh perspectives and new ways of thinking.  This is the year to emerge as the best versions of ourselves.

This year we stop making excuses, we stop playing the victim card, we stop letting others tell us how to live, we stop trying so hard to make everyone else happy, we stop relying on others to make us happy, we stop doubting our abilities, we stop wondering if we are good enough or worthy enough. We stop thinking that vulnerability is a weakness.

In 2017, we WILL:

Enjoy being alone–getting to know and love ourselves; taking care of our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs

Pay less attention to gadgets and spend more time exploring

Think positively; and if we struggle to do so, we will seek a new perspective

Believe in ourselves

Make our own happiness and help others to realize they can make their own happiness

Be creative and use our talents for good

Listen more than we speak

Own and set out to accomplish our desires and dreams

Be brave; and when we’re not–pretend we are as no one will know. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. If the branch breaks, we have wings to fly.

Learn that “No.” is a complete sentence and we don’t need to explain ourselves

Be kind, compassionate, understanding. Listen to understand not to reply

Measure our success not by power and money but by the amount of peace, friendship and love we enjoy

Live life as an adventure, an exclamation not mediocre and not in constant explanation

Lighten up, loosen up, stop taking most things so seriously; nothing is as important as it first seems

We will take accountability and responsibility for our actions and in actions

We will work to get to the root of what is causing us to fill ourselves with poisonous substances, food, gambling, etc.

We will work to repair fractured relationships

We will accept and embrace that vulnerability is the birthplace of creativity, innovation and change

We will love more deeply, more passionately, more completely; unconditionally

Dr. Brene Brown says this: “It’s time. All of this pretending and performing–these coping mechanisms that you’ve developed to protect yourself from feeling inadequate and getting hurt–has to go. Your armor is preventing you from growing into your gifts.  I understand that you needed these protections when you where small.  I understand that you believed your armor could help you secure all of the things you needed to feel worthy and lovable, but your still searching and you’re more lost than ever.  Time is growing short. There are unexplored adventures ahead of you.  You can’t live the rest of your life worrying about what people think. The time has come to let go of who you think you are supposed to be and embrace who you are.”

My wishes for a most happy and abundantly blessed 2017 for each you.

With love,

Karen