Out with the Old… In with the New Year

New Year’s is one of my most favorite times of year.  And not because of the seemingly endless amounts of Champagne I force my liver to swim in (although I like that aspect too), but because it is a time for reflection. And anyone who knows me, knows I’m all about reflection. While I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, per se (namely because they are made, broken, and never thought of again for another year), I am a fan of people looking back on their life, reliving the triumphs and also a little of their pain, and then evaluating. Who they are. Where they are. What they are. Reflection is good. It helps us remember what we survived. What turned us into who we are today. And, above all, focus on the us we hope to be tomorrow.

If anyone had told me just five years ago that I would be single again, would write a book, start back at school, AND begin to reshape my career as I know it, I would have laughed at them and asked them to share a few of their polka-dotted pills. But I know better now. I remember where I’ve come from and I have an idea of where I’m headed. I use New Year’s as a time to shift my focus inward. As a reminder that careers and books aside, I should always remember to put myself first. And for as much as I plan and hope and dream, I’ve also learned that some of the best things that have come to happen in my life were the ones I could have never hoped to dream of. The ones, to me, which seemed unimaginable. The true wonder in life lies just beyond those stars we stretch to reach for.

So if you’re in to making New Year’s resolutions, leave a little room in those plans for the unthinkable. A little room for the magic and wonder that life has already planned for us. And remember that it’s okay if those goals which seem so perfect today fade and change. We don’t have to wait for New Year’s to make a difference in our lives.  New Year’s reminds us that we can and we should strive to make a difference, to change, each and every moment.

Thanks to all my readers, to all my friends, and even those who didn’t believe in me. Together, you have helped shape me into who I am today.

Happy New Year everyone. I hope 2013 is all that each of you hoped it to be, and much, much more.

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3 thoughts on “Out with the Old… In with the New Year

  1. I hope this will be your year, Lisa. I must say when I first met you on the social media I was a bit intimidated with your confidence and talent. Then I got to know you a bit and I must say you have done much for my life as a writer. We must always see ourself as we really are and not how we think others see us. You are amazing.

  2. Things can change fast. In 2001 if someone had told me I’d lose my mother and my husband (one to death, one to divorce) but find a soul-mate and move halfway across the country, I’d have laughed, too, but by the end of that year it had all happened. Things sometimes happen fast. By the same token, if at the beginning of 2011 someone had told me I’d finally achieve my goal of becoming an editor, I’d have laughed, too, but again – by the end of that year. Goal accomplished! I hope this year does wonders for you!

  3. Well said Lisa. I think the ability to look inwards and reflect on our character is an important thing for everybody to learn. To pick the good, the bad and ugly from the year that has gone and see how every aspect of it as led us to being where we are. I also think that sometimes, the things that have the biggest and most positive effect on us in the long run, were not positive at the time of their original occurrence. Reflection allows us to see that and understand a little more about how life really works.

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