I’m tired. That’s not surprising. I’ve been working and raising a large family for over twenty years, of course I’m tired. But I’m also mentally and emotionally tired. 2016 was draining. I’ve made some choices to help me get into and get through 2017 and keep moving forward positively in the future.
No toxic friendships. This will be the easiest one because I’ve already let go of most of the *friendships* I had that were unhealthy. The trick now will be to not invite in any new ones.
My relationship with myself comes first, my relationship with my husband is second. All other relationships come after those two. If I can’t take care of those two, everything else falls apart. Someone who can’t understand that isn’t someone I need in my life.
Respect. This is a big thing for me. I can disagree with you and still respect you. You should be able to do the same. If you can’t RESPECT me, who I am, and what I believe in, again, I go back to number one. We are all human beings and we deserve to be respected as individuals. Treating someone poorly, disrespecting who they are as a person simply because it doesn’t fall into line with your personal beliefs is NOT something I want in my life. And I won’t have it any more. I can walk away from bigotry, because it’s not a part of how I want my life to be.
Authenticity. I plan to live as authentically as I can. I will not temper myself to fit someone else’s comfort. I will be polite and yes, respectful, but, I will not be someone I am not to please others.
Relaxation. I don’t always make time to relax and that doesn’t help either my physical health or my mental health. This will likely mean less of an online presence, and believe me when I say, I have even contemplated ending this blog, but for now I’ve decided that since i have already scaled back in postings, I will simply scale back everywhere else as well. I need real quiet from time to time. I plan to take it.
These are not resolutions. These are intentions. Things I need to do in my life to live as fully and as happily as I can.
Hmm. A full and happy life. So crazy it just might work.