The Last Word

New Year, New (Attainable) Goals
Alicia Tharp
The Last Word

We’re rapidly coming into the time of year in which tv commercials will be dominated by gym memberships, weight loss programs, new year-new you advertising. This is great for those who are heading into the new year ready to make a big change. I’ll be honest, though, I don’t set New Years resolutions because I know I won’t stick to them. That probably sounds terrible, but hey, at least I’m honest, and I know some of you reading this can admit you are the same way! 

The new year can definitely be the time for a reset. A new year can bring a new you. But instead of setting yourself potentially insurmountable goals that you may (or may not) stick with, consider joining me in setting some smaller life goals that I think will lead to a happier you. 

In the new year, I endeavor to focus on patience. My boyfriend Cory points out how quick I am to lose patience while driving. Why? We’re all trying to get where we’re going safely, so what if someone is driving a little slower than I’d like to go? The 10 seconds I’m delayed won’t make a bit of difference and I sure won’t remember that annoyance tomorrow!

In the new year, I endeavor to spread more kindness. My sister Lacey is probably the kindest person I know. When I was in high school, I went to visit her when she was living in Washington, D.C., and I went to work with her one day. She knew the name of every person walking into that building — from the security guards to the receptionist and everyone in between. And everyone lit up like a Christmas tree when they saw her coming. That’s stuck with me, and I’ve always tried to have a kind word and a smile for everyone I come across. The world we live in now is filled with mean comments on social media and backlash over this or that… sometimes it seems like there is so little kindness left in the world. Kindness is better for everyone, yourself included! I want to spread kindness even more in the new year. 

In the new year, I endeavor to focus on meaningful relationships. Life goes so quick and the months fly by. I want to spend more time with the people I love and make it a priority to cultivate those relationships.

If you’re not one to set big New Year’s resolutions, join me in setting these goals that will be good for your soul and good for everyone around you! FWL

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