Two Teens And Their Mama: New Year's Resolutions?

Monday, January 15, 2018

New Year's Resolutions?

I gave up on making New Year's Resolutions years ago.  They were always the same, and I only followed through for a month or two.  As I got older, I came to realize that those "resolutions" needed to become a way of life.  Exercising, eating healthy, taking care of my mental health, nurturing important relationships, and just being the best me I can are important every day activities, especially if I want to live as long as Grandpa Ed.

Most days I do a decent job, but it's always helpful to have a reset point, and January seems like a good time. I shared this on Friday, but in case you missed it... this is how I intend to live each day in 2018.


Choosing happiness is a big one for me this year.  A few months ago I had a sort of epiphany about it, and my entire attitude has changed.  I've got a blog post percolating on the subject, coming later this month.

And then there's "begin".  Life is a series of endings and beginnings, right?  The last few years I've gone through my share of endings, and now I'm ready for something new.  There are things I've been dreaming about, and it's time to begin.

Which brings me to the blog.  I've learned a lot in the almost four years I've been inhabiting this space.  I started here because I love to write, and I wanted to get my words out of my head and into the world.  But I've gotten away from that.  I compared myself to others and didn't think I was doing it right.  I considered stopping completely a few months ago, but the more I thought about it, I realized that would be a big mistake.

So instead, I've got some new blog goals.

Blogging, for me, isn't about making money or doing sponsored posts.  It's about the people.  While I enjoy writing about products here and there, it's the connections with other bloggers and those in the writing community that makes me happy.  I'd love to do more collaborating this year.

And I'm going to get back to writing from my heart.  Even if nobody reads it, it's why I'm here and why I want to continue.  Not every post, not every week, but there's things I need to say.

So resolutions?  No.  Goals and intentions?  Yes.  Hope I don't scare you away!

Sunday night's sunset - just because it was so pretty!

Be sure to head over to The Blended Blog (my favorite collaboration of all) to read about others' resolutions and link up with us.



29 comments:

  1. Love the idea of intentions, love you!

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  2. I'm agreeing with Andrea! I love the idea of intentions instead of resolutions, too. I wish I had thought about that! And I am SO glad you have decided to continue blogging as well!! Have a happy Monday!

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  3. Blogging for yourself is always the most important. We love your voice, Lana!

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    1. Thanks Christy. Not sure where I got lost!

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  4. I am really being easy on myself this year, I am just going to focus on eating healthier with one focus on it each month. So, this month I'm just trying to drink more water. I used to write down so many goals for one year and I think it just stressed me out! Lol! I think your blog is your creative outlet and you can do whatever you want with it! I love all of the friendships I've made as well! It is the best part!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. The friendships are the best! I like the idea of focusing on one healthy habit each month!

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  5. Yes! Make this space all about you and what you want it to be! Of course I won't be scared away and I look forward to reading what comes from your heart!

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  6. The connections I have made on my blog I love more than any product sample or sponsorship! Can't scare me away!

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  7. Well you had a very tough last year so I'm delighted you are looking forward to new beginnings.

    Suzanne

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    1. Yes, I'm ready to move on for sure!

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  8. Friend, I feel the same way about my blog. I hope people will read it but if not, oh well, I plan to write about the things that interest me and are important for me to say. And blogging is about the relationships for sure. It is hard to not get caught up in the comparison but somewhere along the way I realized I'm comparing to things that might not really be real life. Why envy a staged life? So glad you're here and I love your voice!

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    1. I feel the same about you friend! Can't wait to see you next week.

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  9. I love that graphic! The begining one. I love that. It can't happen if you don't start. Love it!

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  10. I'll be reading it girl!! I love blogs that are personal and you can connect on the topic! I love the mindset of choosing happiness and would love to read what you have to say about it.

    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

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    1. Thanks Brooke! I'll be writing about happiness later this month.

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  11. Yup, i'm totally with you on this...blog your way! I love reading it.

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  12. Great ideas and intentions, Lana!

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  13. I really love the intentions you have and give yourself each year as a reminder on how you want to be.

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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  14. I gave up on New Years Resolutions years ago also Lana, too much pressure and I always let myself down. I'm loving your 2018 Intentions, I really want to follow my soul this year. I have some serious change coming my way, and I want to always stay true to myself. Can wait to read your blog posts from your heart. Happy New Year My friend.

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    1. Thank you so much Mary. I'm excited to see what you have in store this year!

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  15. I still blog for the very reason I always did - the people. It's just the best. I'm loving your 2018 resolutions.

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