New Year, Same Me

Life of Leigh / Monday, December 31st, 2018

The start of a new year is the beginning of things to come.  A moment in time where all things seem possible.  A reset if you will.  The clock strikes 12 and everyone proclaims that they will now be healthier, wiser, spend less money, save more money, have better relationships, travel more and be an all-around better human being.  These are all great things.  Not a single problem with any of it.  Then, they take to social media and say:

New Year, New Me.

This I have a problem with.

I set goals, I have dreams and I (sometimes) use my planer to get it all together.  But I’ve got a secret.  That girl that’s setting the goals is the same girl that achieves them.

I must be different.  When midnight strikes at my house on New Year’s Eve I’m still me.  Nothing magical happens.  My ways are still my ways.  When my kids act up, it still annoys me.  When I go to the grocery store, I still go down that cookie aisle.  And, Target still calls my name for random things that are not in my budget.  (I also have a strange addiction to Dollar Tree.  Shout out to the Dollar Tree hauls and DIY videos on YouTube.)  The new year does not make me a new person. 

New Year, Same Me

I’m gonna be the same old me in 2019. (cue Ginuwine’s Same Ol’ G) What I will do is work hard to improve areas of my life.  I don’t want to be a new person.  I like me.  But I do want to be a better me.  Not a whole new person.

Words mean things.   We must be careful what we speak over ourselves.  If we’re constantly becoming a “New Me” we are telling ourselves that the “Old Me” was not enough.  News flash, you are enough.  If you are constantly becoming a new person on January 1st, what does that say about the goals and dreams realized over the course of the previous 365 days? “I did that last year but oh well.  I’m a new person now!”  The devil is a liar.

Take the lessons learned and skills developed from the previous year into the new year.  As you step on that treadmill for the first time this year, remember all the bad things you ate and try to stay away from them.  As you rebuild your savings account remember what it took to get you to this point, so you won’t make the same mistake again.

I’m excited for the new year.  I’m excited for all of the goals I have planned (making it’s way to my actual planner this week) to accomplish.  I am even more excited that the “old me” gets to see the same me not let last year’s trials and triumphs be in vain.

Be you, don’t change into a whole new person.  And, make 2019 the best year yet!

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