A New Year

A New Year

A note within a wreath. The note reads 'Happy New Year!'

A new year has snuck up on me so quickly. There are things that occurred this past year that I am grateful to leave behind (a parent’s heart attack, moving a senior adult to a new location), and there are events I wish I could repeat and enjoy all over again (a wedding, camping trips). The new year stares blankly back at me.

What I Can Control 

The new year does in fact stare back at me blankly. I can’t read into the future or read into the face of the new year. What will transpire? What will occur? While I don’t have a clue what this future year will hold for me and my family, I do have control over how I respond, what I will emphasize and focus on, and setting several obtainable goals.

A Few Noteworthy Goals 

Several goals that I have set for myself for this coming year, 2022, are more realistic and attainable than last year’s goals. I want to have several goals, or resolutions, that stretch me intellectually, mentally, and physically. I want to set myself up for success, not failure. I want to be able to look back at the end of 2022 and see that I have checked off my goal list more goals than I have missed.

Here are a few goals that I have set for myself that I feel confident that I can mark as “completed” at the end of the year….brush up and become more fluent in a foreign language, compete in a local dance competition (no, not dancing with the stars!), think, speak and act more positively and with more encouragement, support (time, money, supplies) causes dear to my heart, start yoga or Tia Chi, take a sailing class and pass the written and performance tests, ride my scooter more frequently, and walk my two dogs at least 3 times a week. I feel these are attainable goals that hopefully I can carry through with the entire year. Feel free to borrow any or all of my goals and make them your own.

A Tea Mug Challenge 

A white mug within a Christmas tree's boughs. It reads 'ten ways to good health' with a list of health recommendations, including drinking more tea.

While shopping this past autumn, I came across this tea mug. I read the top line and was hooked! Yes, consume more tea! Then I kept reading the side of the mug. Some suggestions will be easier for me to obtain than others. For example, consuming less sugar and more fruit is a reachable goal for me. Worrying less may be tricky for me (especially concerning older parents). I am challenged by the tea mug. I have the mug on display where I fix my morning cup of tea. The statements challenge me daily to be a more healthy version of myself.

Happy New Year and Happy Resolutions,

Leslie

About The Author

A photo of Leslie on the patio wearing a pink cardiganLeslie Sundberg is a World Tea Academy Certified Tea Specialist, a World Tea Academy Apprentice Tea Sommelier, a Specialty Tea Institute Level IV trained Tea Specialist, and a Tea and Business Etiquette Specialist. On any given day, Leslie can be found teaching, speaking or sharing in the joys of a cup of tea.  No matter what Leslie is doing or where she is, one thing remains constant: 4:00 in the afternoon is tea time!

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