If at first…

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The weekend was as busy as the week, so sorry for the late post!  My Christmas tree is still up, too, if it’s any consolation.  It is almost February, and this is the time of year I find myself asking, “Is January over yet?” I’ve been working all month toward a goal or resolution, and the weight of carrying longterm goals can feel crushing around this time.

January 2018 has been a little tough.  After all the resolutions (and inherent failures and successes), curveballs, nasty GI bugs, loss, travel, sleeplessness, and stress- I’m exhausted.  What a whirlwind- I’m left feeling disoriented, exhausted, and like I’ve lost something- or it’s been taken.  I’m hoping that though 2018 comes in like a lion, maybe it will go out like a lamb…?

In fact, there are certain goals in which I feel I am not really succeeding at all.  I have been tempted every week of this month with quitting those goals and moving on or finding an “easier” way (read: does not yield results).  Yet, I have been told repeatedly not to give up, from multiple important people in my life.

I need a breath of fresh air.  Not necessarily so that I can quit or pretend the stress doesn’t exist; rather, I need some space, some perspective, to create a plan of attack.

My lessons from the month of January:

  1. Don’t take for granted the blessings in your life, when life is inherently impermanent.
  2. We need to allow ourselves good, high quality rest, so that we can kick butt tomorrow.
  3. Celebrate your support system, your cheering squad.  Those are your people, your tribe. Love them hard.
  4. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  Don’t give up.
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