This year I am not making any New Year Resolutions, they tend to fail within the first month anyways. This year I’m going bigger. This year, I am making a commitment to myself.
My commitment to myself is this:
I am going to practice self-care, self-love, self-respect, and living as my true self. In doing so, I will continue to do the hard work in therapy, I will be setting healthy boundaries, taking inventory of myself/my behaviors and my shortcomings, taking inventory of the people in my life and evaluating the roles we play in each other’s lives (healthy or unhealthy), I will be seeking more like-minded people (writers, people who practice mindfulness, photographers as a hobby not a profession, survivors of abuse, and others) this does not mean I’m walking away from friends that don’t fit into those categories. I will begin putting more effort into building a Life Coach practice and reaching out to other Life Coaches for any suggestions and/or tips they might be able to offer. I will also be getting my degree in Psychology this year.
While so many people seem eager to be done with 2016 because it was “the.worst.year.ever.” I found it to be my most progressive year ever. It certainly was not my easiest year, but I grew more as a person in 2016 than any other year. 2016, for me, was a year of building a foundation for what’s to come in 2017.
I’ve spent 37 years (all of my life) neglecting my well-being. 2017 is my year to focus on me, my healing process, falling in love with myself, to fearlessly live as my true-self, to let go of self-doubt and believe in myself.
This is my life. I’m ready to own it, run with it, and to start living daily. I haven’t survived all the hell I’ve been through just to go through the motions in life. I want to LIVE it. So I’m going to! I’ll do so by sticking to my commitment to myself because I am worth it, I am lovable, and I matter.
I will no longer tolerate disrespectful or abusive behavior of any kind. So if someday I cross your mind and you realize you haven’t seen anything of mine or heard from me in a while, don’t take it personally. It’s not you, it’s me. I love and respect myself now.
I am no longer a victim. I am a survivor who is learning one moment at a time how to thrive rather than just going through the motions.
With Loving-Kindness ♥