Don’t stress about New Year’s resolutions

It’s my favorite time of the year: Thanksgiving, followed by Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years. I love seeing family, receiving (and giving) gifts, and the cooler weather. I love wearing scarves, boots, sweaters, etc. One of my favorite things to do is track Santa on the NORAD website. Everything is so magical, and I get wrapped up in it, watching my children experience it through their innocent eyes.

I celebrate and value this moment. I look back on this last year and I can’t stop smiling. This has been the best year of my life. My smile grows because I had the same thought 12 months before. And the 12 before that.

One of the things that has helped is not making and stressing out about New Year’s resolutions. I get why people do it: their charm is part of the Christmas magic, and who doesn’t want to become a better version of themselves? But is it “better” when you’re just trying to get slimmer? I don’t want to judge, but I’ve been there, many times. I’ve tried to score eight to 10 goals at a time, hoping it all held up so I could be this amazing creature that everyone would love. Those changes were for other people, not me.

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