A New Year’s Resolution For Us All

As I reflect on 2015, I can’t help but realize I was blessed with an amazing year! I married a wonderful man, officially became a dietitian, worked for a company whose values I admired, and continued to grow closer with my family.

To be honest, I haven’t typically been one to make New Year’s resolutions, though that is probably because I didn’t want to be accountable for it. Since I’m starting this blog, I figured now was a good time as any to change that! So, my goal for 2016:

Be the best I can be.

As the story goes, as a child, when Trevor would go to someone’s house, my mother-in-law would say to him, “be the best Trevor you can be”.  I’m sure all parents are nervous about their kids at other people’s houses, since they’re a reflection of their parents and family.  And from the stories I’ve heard about young boys, they’re a different breed altogether.  I’m not sure the exact intent behind her saying this, but to me there are several subtle points.  First, she was trying to ensure he would behave.  Second, though none of us are perfect, everyday we should be the best we can be.

Even as an adult, our actions reflect on more than ourselves. They reflect on our significant others, those we are lucky enough to call friends, family, our employer, and everything we stand for: whether it be religious or political.

For me, I sometimes forget that what I do and say can have such an impact on how the world views me and everything I stand for. This year, my New Year’s resolution is to be the best Samantha I can be. And what does that entail exactly? I think it will change month by month, possibly even day by day depending on what’s going on. Sometimes the best me may be keeping my mouth shout, but maybe on another day it’s speaking my mind. Sometimes it may be going out for a walk through the woods, and others it might be taking an extra hour for prayer. Overall, I want to be more mindful of my actions, or lack there of.

In addition, I feel there is a huge value in continual self improvement. I truly hope that the ‘best Samantha’ in a few years is a stronger, smarter, more selfless being than who I am today. Nobody is perfect, and we can’t expect ourselves to be. Trying to be perfect will just bring frustration and a feeling of failure into your life. We all make mistakes everyday, but what I feel sets people apart is how we handle those mistakes.  We need to be thankful for the person we are today, though make realistic goals for the person we strive to be tomorrow. Here’s to a fresh start at being the best me I can be, cheers!

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

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