A kinder new year

Happy 2015 everyone!

I abandoned new year's resolutions a couple of years ago.  The pressure to commit to a new habit precisely on January 1 was too much pressure, and often led to a major binge of bad choices in late December.  Since then, I have set a theme for each year.  A word or idea that I want to explore, play with and start a journey towards in my work and personal life.

My theme for 2015 is compassion, particularly towards myself.  My inner voice can be a lot more critical than those of the people I have in my life.  I want to extend to myself the love, grace, kindness and forgiveness I would share with a close friend or family member.  

To start, I am scaling back the expectations I set for myself. I am creating space in my schedule everyday rather than just once a week or a couple of times a month.  I am also increasing my own mindfulness, observing how I choose to react to the events of my day, particularly those stressful moments.  

I am excited when I think about 2015; a shiny, new year with lots of possibility.  I wonder how my life will change if I exercise more self-compassion.  I know I may have failures along the way (note: I'm forgiving myself for not having this new year's post out earlier this month!), but unlike a resolution, those setbacks are going to add to my journey not derail it.  

I invite you to think about your hopes for this year... it's not too late.  Let us know what your theme will be.