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New Year & New Possibilities

By Casey Hoskins

We’ve rounded the sun one more time and here we sit on the first day of the new year, full of ambition, hope and determination. At least, that’s where I am sitting, but I’m a morning person and prefer to welcome in the new year with a beautiful sunrise instead of a late-night hooray. To each their own.

Ambition, I’ve got it in spades. I cannot wait for a Monday morning, the start of a new month, or the start of a new year. Have you ever noticed how we all think we can squeeze in 10 more things next week. It’s like next week is this magical place where time is different, your obligations are less, and you miraculously get more sleep. I love next week. This is also why I love January 1st. I think it starts in October, but I start this mental list of things I want to get done but must wait until January to do them. I’m not really sure why that is but I do it to myself every year…and I love it. Gluten for punishment, anyone?

Hope. Now there’s a word we can all get behind. We need it like we need air and the new year is oxygen. The only other time I can think of that is as full of hope is springtime but that is another conversation. The new year reminds us, somehow, to see the good, or at least the potential of it.  Hope is that light that makes us believe we can truly leave behind all the darkness that snuck in the previous year. That is amazing and I hope (there it is again) that you find a way to hold onto that belief for as long as possible.

Determination is another thing entirely. We are determined, for at least a week, to hold up these unrealistic “goals” we subject ourselves to every January 1. Resolutions. Ugh. How about we decide to use that determination as a guideline instead of an absolute. I just wrote a list of nine things that I would love to see happen in my life with my only determination being that I review it every morning. (Look up the book Daily Creative by Todd Henry.) This is both realistic and do-able. I love to dream that I can accomplish a mammoth amount of change but am content with the small, achievable amount that actually happens every year. Okay, content may not be the exact word but something close.I guess what I am saying is that we are all ready to begin again in our own special way. I pray this year brings continual hope to all of you and an amazing amount, big or small, of positive change. You are loved, appreciated and worth cheering for every day. Until next time and with love, CaseyGirl.

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