Wishes for a Positive, Warm, and Mindful 2019

Let's not get too hung up on our resolutions. Though this New Year construct is a perfect opportunity to evaluate and prioritize the many items of our lives, it is just that, a construct that exists because of our perceived need to track the passage of time.

Each day, perhaps each moment, presents an opportunity to reflect and make change that we see is needed - should we be willing to put the work into it. So, maybe you didn't lose the weight you wanted in 2018, or create the content you sought to produce. That's alright. Tomorrow is always another day for positive change, whether there's a holiday attached to it or not.

2018 was hard for a lot of us. Annually, it seems that many lament how bad the present year was, and how that won't be the same in the future year. So much of what makes things "bad", especially in the current political climate, is completely out of our individual control. I encourage you, as I'm encouraging myself, to never accept things that are harmful to our fellow Human Beings, but to seek opportunities for impact in those areas. Find charities to donate to that support your causes, write productive letters to your representatives encouraging beneficial change, and support those you feel need it, as much as you can while maintaining your own mental health.

Your local public library system likely has an online library. Many use Hoopla, through which I've found this book on mindfulness. I'm currently listening to How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in 10 Minutes a Day: A Guided Meditation by Andy Puddicombe. This book and the wonderful Buddhist Boot Camp podcast by Timber Hawkeye have only begun my journey into learning about and applying principles in my life that I hope will improve my mental state, and encourage more open and positive interactions with all those in my life. I can't recommend these enough if you're looking for a way to train your mind tp manage harmful, negative thoughts, and I will surely share more resources as I discover them.

Onward to 2019, then. I look forward to sharing all of it with you.

Posted on December 31, 2018 .