What If Every Day Were New Years Day?

by tinareale on January 1, 2014

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It’s been a long while since I have ever set any resolutions for a new year. The past few years, I have instead put my focus on a “theme word” for the year. Words like JOY or TRUST or BELIEVE. It was interesting to see how each of the words played out each of those years. In the last couple of weeks, as the year came to a close, I began to ponder what word I should choose for this new year. But none came.

We can start a year with certain plans, hopes, and dreams. But a year is a long time. In a year we could easily forget or lose motivation for what we started the year desiring in our hearts. Or perhaps we will end up needing something new. If I have learned any one thing it is that life changes.

Perhaps that is why I don’t choose to look at this year as one vast expanse of time ahead of me. Instead, I want nothing more than to be present for the day ahead. To have intention for my day ahead – determined by where I am now, what my heart desires now, what my body needs now, what those I love need now.

I think I have spent so many years trying to achieve, achieve, achieve. Yet I have seen that when we let go a little bit, take things as they come, remain present, and proceed bit by bit, it is then we fulfill our hopes and can watch things happen.

I don’t suggest having no goals or plans for this coming year. I have some myself. I still find it helpful to consider what you want to achieve and to set up the SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-oriented) approach to them. What I encourage you to consider today, though, is to not get so caught up in the entire year and get so lost in the big vision that you forget about TODAY.

Have your goals and know the intention behind each. Is it your health? Your confidence? Your happiness in work? Your joy in relationships? Your passion for a certain activity or dream? Know the intention and then reflect each day on how you can live out that intention that day.

What if every day were like New Years Day? After all, January 1st 2014 is just another day. Just like the 364 to follow it. Treat them all with the same hope and sense of renewal. Give them all the same attention to intention. Then watch yourself soar.

New Years

Happy New Year!

What are some of your goals and the intentions behind them? How do you think approaching the year day by day can help you with your goals?


1 Miz January 1, 2014 at 7:16 am

LOVE THIS as it is how I live.
Each day is a fresh new shiny 24hours.
I gift myself that sentiment…daily :-)

2 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} January 1, 2014 at 7:49 am

I absolutely love the promise the New Year brings and having that everyday would be amazing. Great thoughts, Tina. Happy 2014 to you! :)

3 AmyC January 1, 2014 at 7:50 am

I love setting new goals each year!

4 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast January 1, 2014 at 8:25 am

Wise words, my friend. Being present in each day is much more difficult than setting intentions for the whole year… definitely a challenge to embrace. Happy new year!

5 tinareale January 2, 2014 at 6:51 am

Isn’t that the truth? Harder to be present daily…which you would think breaking it down daily would be easier. But it really isn’t. Happy new year to you too!

6 Coco January 1, 2014 at 8:46 am

Love this! Especially since I didn’t make my goal of getting caught up at work by the new year. Now I’m going to see how far I can get by Monday — when client will be back sending more work! Happy New Year, Tina!

7 Linz @ Itz Linz January 1, 2014 at 9:03 am

i love this! i’m not setting any real goals this year… i know having a baby is going to rock my world in the best possible way, so i’m going to do my best to be the best momma, wife, daughter, friend, sister, teacher, woman i can!

8 tinareale January 2, 2014 at 6:52 am

I think motherhood was a big shift for me as well. I still always had personal goals, but the things that mattered most to me to work on weren’t tangible goals but instead to just be the best woman, mom, wife, etc. like you mentioned that I could possibly be.

9 GiselleR January 1, 2014 at 9:25 am

I totally agree that it’s easy to loose sight of goals that we set way at the beginning of the year. This year I’m making it my mission to set weekly/biweekly goals and give myself daily steps that will help we achieve them!
Happy New Year! :D

10 tinareale January 2, 2014 at 6:53 am

The daily aciton steps are where success happens. Glad you’re focusing there. :)

11 Jennifer F January 1, 2014 at 11:16 am

Great words to live by!

12 Pamela Hernandez January 1, 2014 at 12:04 pm

I am a big believer in small steps over time to get to a big change. Real transformations don’t happen overnight. It’s consistency of weeks, months and even years.

13 Jolene January 1, 2014 at 12:49 pm

I love this, it isn’t an annual thing, or shouldn’t be, to set your mind to achieve something at the beginning of the year, but something we should do daily, treat each day as a new start, and focus on the here and now. I am also with you on not making it all about achieving things, but living and enjoying too, because sometimes those goals make us lose sight of just what you said – the every day, and I don’t want to do that either! Great post! cheers 2014!

14 tinareale January 2, 2014 at 6:54 am

And isn’t it funny how when we take the time to LIVE and enjoy life we actually get more out of it and achieve more than we thought possible? At least I’ve seen that happen a lot. :)

15 Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections January 1, 2014 at 2:42 pm

I agree with you so much. I have set resolutions in the past, and while they were good in January, they didn’t fit with how my life changed later in the year. Focusing on now is much more important. I think I definitely need to let myself make changes according to what’s going on in my life NOW instead of what I wanted for my life 3 months ago.

16 Jesica @rUnladylike January 1, 2014 at 5:18 pm

I love this thought and your quote, Tina. It is so true and so important. It proves that every day is a new chance to get back on track and make the right choices that will help us be who we really want to be. Happy New Year!

17 Elle January 1, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Pretty much the way I see it too. Nice post Tina. Happy New Year to you!

18 Heather @ Better With Veggies January 1, 2014 at 9:24 pm

I love this!! It’s the same theme of not putting things of to tomorrow, which is great. :) For me, I did choose a word (joy) and some goals for the year that I want to accomplish. But it’s never too late to choose a new goal!

19 tinareale January 2, 2014 at 6:55 am

I still really like the theme word idea and I will say that when I put my focus more on joy this past year it really helped me. :)

20 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions January 2, 2014 at 10:46 am

I love love love this, Tina. I was feeling super overwhelmed by the prospect of a “whole new year” yesterday and what will happen, how I’ll be, etc., so I really appreciate this perspective. You’re totally right — January 1 *is* just another day, an arbitrary date that was selected years and years and years ago as the best time to restart the calendar. Getting all stressed out about how I’ll make 2014 The! Best! Year! Ever! is silly. I have the opportunity to make any day/week/month/year great, whether I make a change on January 1 or March 23 or July 18 or December 31. Thanks for this!

21 Allison January 2, 2014 at 11:49 am

I love this! I like to treat everyday as a fresh start rather than a new year as a fresh start.

22 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) January 2, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Beautiful message, Tina!

23 kristen @ livinlifeinlouie January 2, 2014 at 2:50 pm

My goal is to get healthy for myself and my son. I need to lose about 30 lbs. I want to be active with him and teach him about nutrition, something I wish I had learned years ago.

24 Tara | Treble in the Kitchen January 7, 2014 at 6:44 am

I love it! :) This year I did set some goals, but I plan on reviewing and revising them weekly :) Happy New Year to you and your fam!!!

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