I have never been a big New Year fan.  My resolutions are usually fun instead of serious, if I make them at all.  I have have a few fun NY Eve parties and enjoyed myself immensely, I have relaxed and played games on New Year’s Day with friends and family enjoying my day off of work, but for the most part, it just feels like another day.

I feel pressure to have a resolution but I don’t just want to focus on diet, exercise, work,  and I don’t want to come up with a resolution that will just be forgotten.  In fact, I feel the last 4 months of my life have been resolution enough!  And who knows what the year will bring… How can I resolve something only for my world to change?  So last year I decided to just have one word.  A word that would embrace what I wanted in all areas of my life.

Last year I decided my resolution would be to “Sparkle” I started it off right

I was a little more subtle through the rest of the year, but I think I did a good job.  But more than just sparkling on the outside, I wanted to sparkle on the inside.  I wanted life to be filled with cheer and joy and in order to do that, my attitude needed to be sparkly.

At the end of the year I feel successful.  I do feel joy, I have moments of cheerfulness more than frustration.  I can smile at myself in the mirror.  It was a year of Sarah.  A year of growth, taking back control of myself, laughter happiness and a balance of contentment and challenges.

This year, I want my word to continue my internal joy, but I also want to be more intentional to share this joy, to be a positive influence, to encourage and to inspire.  So I decided on my word this morning:  SHINE

And to start my resolution right, I decided to channel some of the greatest thinkers of all time… Mark Twain, Maya Angelou, Anne Frank, Anais Nan, Dr. Seuss, etc…

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”  Apple Inc

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

“Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr. Seuss

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore. Dream. Discover.”

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest a complishment” Emerson

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go..,” Dr Seuss

“Listen to the mustn’ts child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen tot he shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” Shel Silverstein

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” E.E. Cumings

“Everything you can imagine is real.” Picasso

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what liews within us.” Emerson

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to imporive the world” Anne Frank

“And the day come when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful that the rist it took to blossom” Anais Nin

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” Einstein

And in case all of this is just to deep or overwhelming for you this year you can always go back to Anais Nan who has my favorite quote for the new year:

“I made no resolutions for the New Year.  he habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.”

Happy New Year Faithful Readers!


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