As 2016 approached, I sat on my couch reflecting on the past year. As 2015 came to an end, I found myself immediately thinking about what I would do in the New Year. I woke up the next morning and perused my social media accounts to find I wasn’t alone. As I scrolled through my timeline, I looked at all of the resolutions, all of the goals set out for the New Year – and it hit me.
I realized 2015 was somewhat of a blur. I began thinking about the year in depth. When reflecting on a year I often think of all of my accomplishments, but rarely have I ever focused on me. Instead of reflecting on everything I’d accomplished, I started reflecting on how life lived me and I had not lived life.
You see, there is something unique about being a woman and something really unique about being a driven woman. It’s easy to get lost in the drive – to get so caught up in being successful, that the simple moments that get us to success are missed. I began to realize that despite being able to remember all of my personal and professional accomplishments, I couldn’t remember details of the moments that got me there.
This year I have decided not to set New Year’s Resolutions based on goals and accomplishments. Instead, I want to purposefully live every day – one day at a time, one moment at a time, being mindful of every moment. This year, I just want to live and encourage you to do the same. Here are some mindful living tips that may help!
- Put some space between things. If you’re anything like me, you may find yourself going from one task to another. Take a break sometimes! It’s OK! If you have a crazy schedule, put some breaks in between things. This not only provides time for you to rest between activities, but also provides time for tasks to run over without having to rush or be late for the next.
- Do one thing at a time. One thing I realized about 2015, is that I rarely did one thing at a time. I ate my lunch and worked, talked on the phone while walking, watched TV and read books, used the bathroom and checked emails. How can you live in the moment, remember a moment, appreciate a moment when you don’t fully experience the moment?
- Take some time to do nothing. Yes, I said it! Do NOTHING! This doesn’t have to be done for long periods of time, but can be done in small increments. I’ll be starting with just a minute here and there.
Live in 2016! Don’t get sucked into resolutions based on long-term goals and accomplishments. Resolve to live mindfully every day. Live life and don’t let life live you!