Thrive This New year

Every year the holidays pass, the new year approaches and everyone starts to talk about resolutions and goals. We start at thanksgiving, move to generosity and end on vision. It’s actually a pretty great cycle if you do it right. I have never liked the idea of resolutions because it feels like a commitment I won’t really keep. If I was going to follow through I would have made the commitment earlier, right?


But I think I need to approach this resolution thing from a different perspective. As parents, sometimes we just forget to take care of ourselves. Who has time for self care in between the endless list of to-do’s — meal planning, laundry, carpools, and checking on the prescription refill for the dog. It doesn’t hurt to have a time of year where we are reminded to check in with ourselves. “Hey, how are you doing? You feeling OK? You eating right?” It doesn’t need to be about where we have failed, just about where we want to go next.


Rachel Hollis, author of Girl, Wash Your Face, wrote down something she calls “5 to Thrive” and I really like it. These five things are attainable, but could also make a big difference. As I step into the new year, these five things are my plan for checking in and looking at what’s next.


  1. Wake up early. Do it.  One hour earlier than you have to.  Use this hour for yourself. Working out, meditating, praying, list making, reading, whatever.  Just do it.
  2. Drink water.  Lots of it. Half your body weight in ounces every single day.  
  3. Give up something (food or drink) that you know is not good for you.  Whether you know that you are drinking too much Diet Dr. Pepper, addicted to Starbucks, eating more than your share of candy.  It doesn’t matter. Just eliminate one thing for 30 days. Don’t cheat. Just do it every single day.
  4. Move your body. Be intentional about moving.  It doesn’t have to be an intense Crossfit workout.  It could be a walk around your neighborhood, or going to the trampoline park with your kids.  Just move. Every single day.
  5. Be grateful. Every day, write a list of 10 things you’re grateful for.  Do this at the beginning of the day or the end of the day or whenever it works for you, but just do it.  Every. Single. Day.


So, I’m gulping down some water right now and thinking, “OK, I can do this!” I am not going to focus on failures of last year. I am just going to wake up early tomorrow morning and go for a walk while thinking about all that I am grateful for. BOOM! 3 down 2 to go.