Here’s to a Happier New Year

Today marks the beginning of 2023 and another chance at a fresh start. I’ve always been drawn to the idea of a fresh start in that while I can surely be content in my life, I don’t want to be complacent. I aim to be satisfied in the present moment but striving for my best self. The start of a new year, and how closely it coincides with my birthday starting a new age, marks a hopeful and meaningful opportunity.

Despite this, everyone knows the disheartening stats about gym memberships unused by February and quickly forgotten resolutions. It’s a struggle to overhaul habits, especially at a designated time and coming down from holiday festivities. So I plan to tackle my intentions over the course of a year, one area of focus each month.

No bleak, frigid, seasonally-depressed outlook this January. I’m determined to chart a path of joy and celebration. I intend to relish all that brings me joy and sing the praises of all that is good in my life. While my inclination tends toward insecurity, in an effort to outgrow that small thinking, I also plan to celebrate myself in all my perfect imperfection.

I invite you, dear reader, to join me on the journey starting with this month’s intention to experience more joy. Let’s encourage each other to find more reasons to smile, to laugh easier, and to wake up in the morning actually excited to greet the day.

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