New Year, New (The)me

By: Colleen McCarron, LPC

Do you feel the pressure to create goals and resolutions on New Year’s Eve? It’s natural this time of year to reflect on the past calendar year, take inventory of what we would like to change, and make bold declarations of what to improve upon. It can be an inspiring time of year to re-imagine, re-focus, and start fresh for some, but for others, it’s overwhelming and discouraging to think so much change at once. I’ve written before about setting tangible goals instead of general resolutions, but I think there is benefit in having an overall focus for yourself each year.

Identifying a theme, value, or area of your life you’d like to focus on can set the stage for your goals this year. For me, I’ve decided this year is all about connection. Both my and my best friend’s weddings are this year, which means multiple celebratory occasions with some of my closest friends and family. I plan on using my wedding as an opportunity to spend time fostering the growth of my current relationships. I’m also hoping to become more open with new people by attending a weekend retreat with other women in their 30s. By being mindful of my value of “connection”, I hope to bring a new perspective to some events I was already planning.

What will your theme be this year? Perhaps adventure – taking that trip you’ve been putting off, or simply discovering a new neighborhood in the city. Or work-life balance – leaving work on time, and engaging in more activities outside the office. A theme for 2019 can provide the flexibility and focus without beating yourself up about those forgotten resolutions. When you focus on one area to improve, you’ll be surprised of the goals and ideas that appear for you.

Committed to change in 2019? Contact one of our counselors in Northern Virginia to help set you up for success this year.