I'm not big on new year resolutions, but this year is a bit different. Maybe I've had more time to reflect, maybe I'm older and wiser, or maybe it's perspective brought on from recent losses in our family. Specifically, my sister-in-law lost not only her 23 year old son to cancer this past year, but her husband as well (the day before Christmas Eve). Once a family of three, now it is just her. A couple of days ago in our kitchen over banana bread, I told her that this year was her year. This was the year that she would find herself, take care of herself, and heal.
These conversations caused me to reflect on the role I play in our family. Wearing a lot of hats, as many mothers do, we sometimes lose sight of ourselves and our goals and aspirations. I am blessed to have a husband and family who support me no matter what, but still I sometimes forget to pay attention to those things that are priorities for me. Like exercising every day, taking the time to cook a healthy homemade meal for our family and daily prayer. I resolved this week to take the advice that I gave my sister-in-law. To make this the year of me and not to let excuses or schedules get in the way of things I want and need to accomplish.
I challenge you to make 2011 the year of you. Take the time to write down your goals for the year and tell your family and network of friends, so they can help you to realize all of your dreams.