Thursday, January 7, 2016


I'm not very good at I try to stay away from those as much as possible.  Probably because each time I tried to set them in the past I just felt like I failed miserably.  Not because I didn't try, but because I probably picked resolutions that were unattainable, or something that would take years of work and dedication to complete.  So really, they couldn't be considered a New Years Resolution because there was no way to get them done in a year.  
So I quit, I gave up, I just plain stopped thinking about them.

But as I have gotten older I have found myself putting some serious thought and effort into self-improvement as the end of each year comes to a close and I face another one.  

Maybe getting older makes you more sentimental?...maybe it makes you realize that no matter how much life experience you have under your belt, there is ALWAYS something that you can do just a little better.  So rather than focus on a resolution, I've chosen a word or a quality or something along those lines to work on throughout the year.

For example, last year by thoughts were really focused on Being Brave.

Not only did I want to focus on being Brave enough to be who I was, but to help others to do the same.  It was a great word and there were several experiences relating to bravery that really helped me to grow and become a stronger person.

For some reason this year I was really struggling with what I wanted to focus on for 2016.  I found several ideas, but nothing seemed to fit.  After all, if you want to focus on a goal, it has to be something that provides motivation, excitement and enthusiasm, right?  I didn't want to just pick a word or trait because it was "good."  I wanted to pick something that I knew in my heart if I worked on it would make me a better, happier, more well-rounded person.

And then it happened!!

I was preparing a lesson for church and it talked about shining our light and making sure we were doing all those things in our lives that would enable us to be a light to others.
That was it!!...that was perfect!!....that was what I wanted to focus on for 2016!

If you want to give light to others, you have to glow yourself.
Thomas S. Monson

I found this quote and absolutely loved it!  The world is full of darkness and has plenty of distractions trying to take away happiness and peace.  But I wanted to be a source of light, a source of happiness, a source of love.  And by shining my light I could do just that!

So here is my "resolution," --if you want to call it that-- for 2016.
Whenever I can, wherever I can, I want to shine my light, show my glow, and make all those around me a little happier and more hopeful!

Anybody want to join me?  After all, if we all shine our lights, just imagine how much brighter our days would be.  A little light goes a long way.  And it doesn't take much!

Here's to a happy, bright, shiny and glowing 2016!!



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