About a week ago, I was standing in the checkout line at the grocery store and I did something I rarely do. I picked up the January 2015 issue of Real Simple Magazine and I bought it.
LET IT GO
62 ideas to free yourself from guilt, clutter, stress, and body hang-ups and make this your best year yet
That’s what this issue says right on the front cover.
Isn’t the New Year a time to DO.
Time to wake up early. Time to go to the gym. Time to shed fifteen pounds. Time to eat lettuce and sprouts and drink thick green shakes. Time to declutter. Time to clean the closet (and the shower!). Time to be intentional. Time to do, do, do.
I was tired before we even reached December, much less January. If I allowed myself to dwell on a new year, I’d drive myself right to a sleep clinic and check in for an extended stay.
January wasn’t only brimming with possibility, it was also looking like a really long to-do list, until I picked up this magazine and began to think.
Letting go of some stuff before bringing in a whole bunch of new resolutions and goals sounds like a good idea. In fact, maybe some New Year’s resolutions won’t work unless we let go of some things.
You know, like dropping off your baggage instead of schlepping it through the airport.
Maybe we need to let go of our crappy body images before we can embrace a new healthy diet and fitness plan.
Maybe we need to let go of our shopping compulsions before we can start living within our means.
Maybe we need to let go of the mom guilt before we can properly parent our kids.
I don’t know what issues you may be facing, but I’m pretty sure you get the idea.
I tend to run head-long into new years. I’m quick to make resolutions, to choose thematic words (is that still a trend?), and set lofty goals. I want to succeed, to be a winner. I want to get invited to the do-it-all party.
However, before I can achieve success, cross things off my to-do lists, and reach those goals, maybe I need to evaluate me. It might be a good idea for me to take a few days, or a week, or maybe even a month to figure out what is holding me back. To evaluate my past successes and failures and to see if I’m weighted down with baggage. Maybe the best thing I can for myself is to let some things go.
Maybe 2015 is the year I wipe the slate clean.
I’m less than a day into this New Year, and I already know I’ve let failure of personal goals keep me from doing things I love. I’m pretty sure I need to let go of my need to succeed.
That’s only one bag, but I schlepped around 2014 with a lot more luggage than that. I’m ready to let go and embrace all that God has for me in 2015.
How about you?
Are you weighted down with a load of baggage too?
Let it go in 2015.
Because I think it’s fun to look back, here’s what I was talking about in previous years.
Warning: the elusive 15 pounds of weight-loss is a recurring theme throughout the years.