Whelp folks, go ahead and pat yourself on the back, we made it! The year was full of ups and downs for all of us, but here we are, facing the new year, hoping for the best. I hope you don’t mind me saying, but I think we are a brave lot. Since this is the final post of the year, it’ll also be my final ‘question’ post. In trying to think of today’s topic, I was pondering the new year’s resolution tradition. I’ll admit, when I was healthier and more able bodied this was a great tool for keeping me on track, but these days life is far too unpredictable to be able to plan much of anything. My plans now are more like buying more jammies with a Christmas gift card, than Self, Career, and Relationship goals. So, instead of asking what you’re going to change about yourself, I’d like to ask, what is something you did last year that filled your heart with goodness that you’d like to do again this year? In other words, how will you show yourself some surefire self-compassion in the new year? I encourage you to write it down, pin it up, put it in your phone notes, make a cell phone wallpaper out of it…whatever it takes. And if you feel like sharing I’d love to hear yours in the comments.
In keeping with the custom of these question posts I’ll go ahead and answer my own question. Mine seems rather simplistic but I can assure it’s taken some work. I’m going to continue to focus on the goodness in my life, daily, and try to let the other stuff roll off. Having said that it immediately brings to mind something that I’m still feeling guilty about that I’m going to try to let go with this post. This year I was approached a few times from people asking if I wanted to spend more time advocating in the chronic illness community. I know that those who advocate actively play a vital roll in spreading awareness for several of the invisible illnesses I have and I’m eternally grateful they are out there. Unfortunately, it doesn’t fit in with my self-compassion goal of focusing on goodness in life to help me achieve my best health possible. So, in staying true to myself, I’ve had to say no to them and the caretaker in me is so not pleased, but I’m letting that guilt go in…3, 2, 1…now. I do try though, in my own way, I try to maintain a balance of happiness, awareness, and kindness.
Thank you for stopping in today, and any of the other days that you have stopped by. I appreciate it! I really do. I know you have a choice of how you will spend each moment of your life and I appreciate you choose to pop by. A few more doodles below, including my top nine from Instagram. Wishing you a new year filled with an overwhelming abundance of goodness. See you in the new year! 2020, can you believe it?!