The Other Side

Black-Eyed Peas & Stewed Tomatoes

The new year is full of traditions – from eating a meal of black-eyed peas and stewed tomatoes to setting New Year’s resolutions. But what good are traditions that are done out of habit without any real meaning behind them? We all know one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions to lose weight by exercising and eating healthy only lasts for so long before people fall off the wagon.

Humans are creatures of habit. Often times, we do certain things because that’s traditionally what we’re supposed to do, but does it really have any meaning to us?

When we think outside the box, go against the grain, even have a little rebelliousness, we can go beyond traditions and practice something that will be meaningful to each of us on a personal level.

One thing that I have thought about in this new year is not another year of unmet resolutions, but what is my personal statement and what is my message. My personal statement is who I am. My message is the impact I hope to have on others. If I approach the year this way, I think that all of my goals and the steps I take to reach them will fall within my personal statement and timeless message.

How do you approach the new year? Do you make the typical resolutions or plan your year with vision boards? How can a different approach with a personal statement and message be more meaningful to you?