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The Anti Resolution for the New Year

The Anti Resolution for the New Year

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As I sit here and reflect back on 2015, I realize that it feels like the fastest year I have ever lived.

I’m serious.

I had no idea my life could change so much in such a short time.

At times, I felt as if the pace would crush me. Other times I felt as if I couldn’t squeeze enough from the moment.

This year brought with it the birth of my daughter along with my choice to stay at home with her. It also brought the passing of my two beloved grandmothers. A loss that I still have not completely processed.

It has been one of the happiest years of my life, and also one of the hardest.

In the past, I have always done a New Year’s Resolution at the start of each new year, but this year I have decided not to.

Why?

Because there is something about a New Year’s Resolution that makes us dwell on what went wrong in the previous year.

But doesn’t a year of living deserve to be celebrated and not regretted?

Because even the painful times or the mistakes that we made have their purpose.

I know I wouldn’t be who I am without them.

Instead, what I AM going to do is to focus on this word:

Peace.

I so want to dive into that word and learn to find it repeatedly and consistently in my life.

But peace? She’s a fickle friend and lately she has been allusive.

I have so many thoughts that I am craving to put into words so that I can share them with you, my dear readers.

And they’ll come… soon I promise. I want to write them to you in a moment that isn’t tainted by the rush of the holiday season.

So this year, instead of feeling regret over my failures, I’m going to celebrate the life that was lived this past year and I’m going to allow that word – peace – to resonate deep within me.

So cheers to a new year! May it bring you what you’ve been searching for.

Until next time,

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16 Comments

  • Reply Paula

    Oh mama sorry about your grandmothers loss. Both mine died the same year (10 years ago) and I still miss them immensely.

    January 1, 2016 at 9:24 pm
    • Reply Karin

      Thank you so much Paula. It’s hard isn’t it? But they were lovely women and I plan to tell my daughter all about them as she gets older.

      January 4, 2016 at 11:40 pm
  • Reply Ali Grace | Cookies & Grace

    I love this so much. Happy New Year!

    January 1, 2016 at 9:59 pm
    • Reply Karin

      Thanks Ali! Happy New Year to you as well!

      January 4, 2016 at 11:40 pm
  • Reply Christen

    Thanks for writing this, Karin. So well put. I love using a word as point of focus and meditation. Something to aspire to. Here’s to peace!

    January 2, 2016 at 2:34 pm
    • Reply Karin

      Thanks Christen! I’ve been doing it the last couple of years and I love it. 🙂

      January 4, 2016 at 11:41 pm
  • Reply Christina K. Rambo

    I JUST had a conversation with a friend who showed me her bracelet from her “word” for 2015. Her word for 2016 is joy. That got me thinking about this whole word for the year thing. I love it, and I can’t believe your word, because that is my word for this year too!! Peace.

    January 2, 2016 at 5:31 pm
    • Reply Karin

      Crazy! But I love it! I’ve been thinking about getting a bracelet with my word on it… do you know where she got hers?

      January 4, 2016 at 11:41 pm
  • Reply Bethany

    Love, love, love. I too had my first baby this year. I get those feels!!

    January 3, 2016 at 12:56 am
    • Reply Karin

      Congratulations Bethany! It’s so fun isn’t it?

      January 4, 2016 at 11:42 pm
  • Reply Angela @ Setting My Intention

    What a wonderful way to welcome and be in the new year. I don’t necessarily view resolutions as a sign of being dissatisfied or regret – this year (at least) I am looking forward with excitement and energy at setting 1 new resolution. May you find the peace that you’re looking for. Warmly, Angela

    January 3, 2016 at 1:37 am
    • Reply Karin

      That’s a good way of looking at it Angela! And thank you. 🙂

      January 4, 2016 at 11:42 pm
  • Reply Kylie

    I love this 🙂 I’ve been enjoying seeing this new trend of people choosing words over resolutions. Mine this year: manifest.

    Thank you for sharing!
    Kylie
    Bemyintention.com

    January 3, 2016 at 5:20 pm
    • Reply Karin

      What a good word Kylie! Thanks for sharing it with me.

      January 4, 2016 at 11:43 pm
  • Reply Chrissy

    This made me cry. In a good way. So touching! Sorry for your losses. Words cannot describe what one goes through when losing a loved one. But oh so happy for you about the arrival of your sweet daughter!
    Love your outfit! That bag!
    Happy New Year! xxx

    January 3, 2016 at 7:01 pm
    • Reply Karin

      Thank you Chrissy! It touched me as well to hear that it touched you haha! It is so incredibly hard, but I am so thankful I had Kit to give me something to focus on. Happy New Year to you as well!

      January 4, 2016 at 11:51 pm

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