How has the new year been treating you?
I’ve had a bit of a slow start to my year, followed by a very hectic rush of chaos, which has involved great amounts of stress and guilt. Good times, I’m telling you.
The day before I was supposed to go back to work and start this new year of awesome, I got super sick with strep throat. I’ve never had strep throat before and had no idea how awful it could be. Maybe I’m just a big baby, but I was down for the count for 5 days! It was so terrible. I did nothing but lay around for a solid week (except of course for a miserable and slow mile around the block to keep my run streak alive). I went from not watching any TV for myself in over 6 months to spending 3 days doing nothing but watch TV.
When I finally recovered, I was so far behind in everything. I had a massive backlog of work to do since I was off for two solid weeks, and my house, don’t even get me started. We didn’t have a clean dish in our house for days and there were toys and clutter everywhere I looked.
But today, 15 days into the New Year, I’m happy to say that I am almost all caught up at work and my house is clean. Halle-freaking-lujah!
This isn’t exactly how I had pictured my year starting. We have big financial goals for the year and we spent nearly two weeks eating fast food because I didn’t have the energy to cook.
I have big goals for my blog and this is the first time I’ve sat down to write since the year began.
I have goals for having quality time with my kids this year and all they’ve done for two weeks is sit in front of the TV. Not to mention the ridiculous number of times I lost my mind and screamed at them like a mad woman in recent days.
I think this year has gotten off to a bit of a rough start, to say the least. Maybe I’m not the only one?
You may have had big dreams and goals to start this year as well, and then life happened to you as well. You had plans to start a new diet and exercise program, but the routines and stress of life caused you to fall back into your old habits far sooner than you anticipated. Or maybe you had big financial goals with a strict budget in place, and then the car broke down, the dinner burned, or your kids grew an inch over winter break and need a whole new wardrobe. Maybe you created plan to finally get organized, but your struggling to keep up with the plans you put in place.
Life has a way of taking our hopes and dreams and plans and spinning them all into a mess of unexpected. But unexpected hurdles, mistakes, wrong choices, and delays don’t mean we are failing at life or our goals. This year still has 351 days to create awesome. A mistake right now doesn’t mean I can’t start over with my next step.
If life hasn’t quite gone the way you expected over the last two weeks, take a moment to pause, regroup, breathe, and realize that the year is still new and young and fresh. There is still plenty of time for starting over, working hard, and doing amazing things. Just take the next right step.