• Susan L.


As I gaze out the window, I am mesmerized by the falling snow and my mind starts to wander. It is the last day of 2018 and like most people, I reflect back over the events of the past 12 months. Some good and some not so good. And then, of course, there are the usual plans and resolutions to be made for the coming New Year.

After the holidays are over and the tree and decorations are taken down, I can't help but feel the urge for change and renewal. Whether it is something simple like rearranging the furniture, eating healthier, or getting more exercise; this year I plan to do something a little differently. I am going to make a resolution I can stick with. This year, I plan to make myself a bigger priority. This includes saying "no" when I feel that I am spreading myself too thin, taking more "me" time, and not being afraid to say what is really on my mind, rather than holding back.

There was a time in my life not so long ago, when I used to consider this as being a little selfish, and certainly out of character for me. But as I grow older and wiser and a new year beckons, I realize that the change I am craving is actually within myself. As a caregiver for my father, a busy wife, mother and grandmother, not to mention my own life as a writer, I often put myself last, or not at all.

Taking care of my own needs ensures that I am putting my best self forward, and as a result, better able to care for the ones I love. The old saying, "you cannot pour from an empty cup" certainly applies here.

So, this evening as I raise a toast to the New Year, I will keep the positivity flowing as I move forward, and most likely be in bed before midnight!

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and blessed New Year!