Monday, January 03, 2011
All Of Me: January Letter From the Editor
I spend a lot of time writing my resolutions out on pretty stationary, planning the perfect ending to the year... you know so there can be a perfect beginning to a perfect year. I've cleaned my house from top to bottom, I ate black-eyed peas and collard greens to make sure my luck was good and money on point. I've brought in the new year at church in prayer, at an overcrowded party spending way too much money on drinks. I've been in front of the television watching movies, sleeping, laughing and toasting to life with my closet girlfriends, rubbing elbows with movers and shakers, magical moments with boyfriends hoping that love would linger around a little longer... you get the point. All to ensure I started the new year fabulously. Over the years I've become an expert at creating perfect scenarios to guarantee the pendulum will stay on my side for the upcoming year.
None of these things helped me usher in drastic changes on January 1. When I reflect on times in my life where I made a change I realized that I had to change my attitude and I had to be patient. Nothing or no one changes at an instant or when the clock strikes twelve. There was nothing that was going to magically occur that would make me change into the better person I wanted to be.
So this year I decided to take a different approach. I will not give up if my goals are not met by January 15. I will enjoy the journey. I will work on becoming a better Tamara from the inside out. I do not need to wait on a magical date to change my life. I will work to improve daily. I will accept my faults and be honest about them. I will live, smile more, laugh more. I will appreciate my blessings. I will take chances. I will give all of me.
Are you good at keeping your New Year's Resolutions? Are you taking a different approach this year?