Our Best Selves

1// The view from my favorite Starbucks in Des Moines //

My mind recently drifted off to this thought: New Year’s is coming up. I love writing resolutions and setting goals, but New Year’s has tons of false hope associated with it. Coming from someone who loves working towards something greater, let me explain why I don’t buy into the holiday wholeheartedly.

If you find yourself sitting here, on November 28, 2016, thinking about the kind of person you want to be and the kinds of things you want to do, it is logical to look forward to NYE——the day when a “new journey” begins and the “new you” will appear. Yeah… not so much.

I’m a strong believer in taking accountability for our own happiness. If there’s something you want to change about yourself or about the routine of your daily life, do it. Make today great; don’t wait for tomorrow, New Year’s Eve, or someday to roll around. You have the power to do it now; I truly believe it. Small steps are what fulfill resolutions, not just thinking about them.

In order to be our best selves, to become better people, friends, and Christians, we have to evaluate our progress more than once a year. Taking a step back to assess if we’re living a life we’re proud of takes confidence, courage, and determination. Setting weekly goals is a great way to try new things, instill healthy habits, or strengthen relationships. This isn’t about wishing we were better people; it’s about growing into the person we’ve been all along and making that person as brave, strong, and kind hearted as possible. Why wait thirty more days to become your best self when you’ve got everything you need to start living that way today? Your resolutions can start now, folks. It’s time to be our best selves. xx

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