New Years Eve: Reflecting on the past to inform the future

As we stay up late preparing to ring in the New Year, with the sound of fireworks in the distance (far too early I might add), it’s nice to do some reflection. Many of us are excited for the symbolic fresh start the new year will bring. Some of us can’t wait to say goodbye to a year that was tough, while others are merely excited to set new goals and achieve new marks.

On this New Years Eve I want to take a minute to encourage everyone to remember not only the bad, but the good that came about this year. In 365 days there is bound to be highs and lows, good and bad, difficult and easy. We get to interpret all of these events and take from them what we will.

In fact, we are humans, growing and learning. Changing and morphing into our next great selves. As individuals we have all accomplished great things this year, even if it wasn’t what we intended. And without this year behind us, we wouldn’t be able to make resolutions and set goals for next year.

For the dads and moms out there; I know it feels like the time flew by way too fast. And it has. Yet, we have been able to watch our children learn and grow, and they will accomplish amazing things this next year because of the strides they took last year.

So please remember, our past has informed where we want our future to go. Take a few moments to really reflect and lock those great memories in, so you won’t forget what was great. And those moments that weren’t great, use them as stepping stones in your learning experience.

Try not to put too much pressure on this coming year. Set your sights high, but offer yourself some grace. And remember that there are ups and downs to all that is life.

To my readers: Thank you so much for this year! With your support I have been able to learn more about myself as a writer and as a parent. I am glad there are other parents out there who can relate to this parenting rollercoaster. I appreciate you! And I look forward to what this next year will bring for all of us.

Happy New Year!

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