By Ana Rubenstein
I am starting my year doing something that I love, writing, and something I often feel uncomfortable doing, making requests. So, here it goes, today I request you make time to do something that you love or that brings you joy, and something that scares you even just a little bit. Are you up to it? The second request is that instead of using the expression “I want 2019 to bring me….”, you start sharing with people in your life what YOU are bringing to 2019. Maybe more patience with your kids? More organization to your house? More time for yourself? Better relationship with time? Better nights of sleep? Passion to your relationship with your partner? You name it! The sky is the limit.
After you put out there what you are bringing to 2019, I invite you all to be each others’ accountability partners in remembering our commitments throughout the year. So instead of becoming forgotten resolutions written in a lost piece of paper, they will become actions to create a life we love this year. One day at a time, making each day count.
Let’s pretend we are building a big 365-piece-puzzle called “A Life We Love in 2019”. They will look different from each other, some more or less challenging, some more time consuming, and some even considered “unsolvable”. Remember that some pieces of the puzzle will be breakdowns just looking for their matching breakthrough pieces. Mom’s guilty? Potty training? Sleep deprivation? Two babies under two? Misbehaving toddlers? Teenagers with attitude? Empty nest? Finances? Divorce? We got this, mama!
The only three rules while putting our puzzles together are 1) always reach for support when we feel stuck, 2) share our progress or lack of it, and 3) never give up before finishing it.
Now, I will share the 12 most important pieces of my 365-piece-puzzle, the ones I will be using for its framework, the pieces that I committed to bringing to 2019. They will become monthly blog posts that I can’t wait to share with you.
1)Gratitude (being genuinely thankful for what I have in life).
2)Patience (being more patient with my children and people in my life).
3)Time management (continue to create a new, friendly relationship with time).
4)Organization (becoming more organized around the house…especially my closets and garage).
5)Physical well-being (committed to a daily dose of physical exercise, and monthly Salsa dancing.
6)Passion (creating a more passionate relationship with my partner).
7)Love (taking better care of the relationships I already have and expressing my love in a way they feel loved).
8)Contribution (giving back to my community by volunteering and making donations).
9)Commitment (writing for this blog and keeping my promises).
10)Knowledge (continue reading books, attending seminars, and whatever and whenever I can learn more).
11)Fearless (finding opportunities to challenge myself in doing things I do fear the most).
12) Balance (focusing on balancing all the hats I wear in life including motherhood, wife, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, friend, blogging and teaching Zumba).
Please, share what you are bringing to 2019 here. This way we can remember our commitments together and stay in action.
Make it a Happy New Year!