Sunday, January 1, 2012

Welcome 2012!

Happy New Year to all my friends. It's a brand new, shiny new year, and it got me to thinking. It's funny how with the changing of the clock, one day turns into the next, and with it, all the anticipation, excitement, goals and hope for the future are placed in this new day, of this new year. I always write down everything that I want to accomplish as the year changes, in hopes that I will be a better, leaner, more balanced, well read, calmer, hydrated, more rested person. I want to be perfect. I want to lose weight, exercise more, read daily, catch up with friends, learn to meditate, stress less and move more. I have high hopes and actually start out thinking I will change all these things I don't like about myself or my life, and I will change them all in one day.  But with age, comes wisdom, and I realize that change of any kind is  a process....often a slow process. It takes time, it takes patience and it takes perserverance. A long list of goals can be overwhelming. It's alot of changes to make all at once.

So as we enter into this brand new spanking clean new year, I plan to write down all the goals that I want to accomplish, but one of these goals will be to take it slow, to give myself time to change and to live in the moment.  When there is a day that I slip up, or I don't ________ ( fill in the blank here), I will pick up where I left off, and carry on again towards my goals the very next moment. All will not be lost,  and I will not be a failure, as long as I am moving forward. Every new day is really like the start of a new year. It's a clean slate every single morning, and a new beginning whenever we want it. Not just because the year changed.

 To help me remember this, I plan to refer to the following quote. I copied this off a friends facebook page, and I'd like to share it with you. It's a quote from Dr. Wayne Dyer.

 "Forget about those New Year’s resolutions in which you decide on the first day of January how you will be conducting your life for the next twelve months. Instead, set up day-to-day goals for yourself, and then resolve to begin living with present moment awareness for the rest of your life. When you get good at living your present moments one day at a time, you’ll see yourself changing right before your own surprised eyes. Remember, anyone can do anything for just one day, so tune out the sentences that keep you locked into your old self-defeating ways and begin to enjoy each day of your bright new year."

Sending big Happy New Year hugs to you all. Wishing you a bright and happy new year. May all your dreams come true!


  1. Beautifully written and so true. One breath at a time, one day at a time. Loving ourselves as we love other's that aren't perfect. Why can we forgive other's for not meeting our expectations when it is so hard to forgive ourselves?
    I know you will meet your goals this year.
    I think you should post a picture of you in your beautiful new coat!
    Hugs back at you, I really love the hugs:)

  2. Beautiful post Pattie, Happy New Year to you. I love the new look of your blog it is very fresh.

  3. Having the right attitude is really a HUGE part of the puzzle. You'll get where you want to be because you're paying attention to this part of eating healthy and losing weight.

  4. HI Pattie,
    What a great post today. It really is relate-able to all of us. I don't believe in making big goals only to fail and feel bad later.
    One day at a time is great.
    Have a great day my friend. :-)

  5. Happy new year to you to! All we can really do is take it day by day when you get right down to it! I buckled down today and made some coconut flour brownies and some lemon sugar free cheesecake bars. Now I know if I want something "sweet" a BFC version is waiting for me. Unless my husband gets to them all first, lol! Planning ahead does help!

  6. yes, yes, yes! Every day for sure is all we can *really* commit to. Nice job!

  7. Such words of wisdom Pattie and that quote hits it head on. I am one who wants everything yesterday. This journey has taught me patience & self forgiveness.
    I wish you and everyone of us a great new year where all that we hope for and aspire to achieve will become a reality.
    BIG WARM FUZZY HUGS to you!!!!!!!

  8. I love your attitude. Definitely sounds like one of success. I love how you're giving yourself time to change. Important lesson for me to learn. thanks.

  9. Happy New Year, Pattie!! It's OUR year!!