Happy New Year!!! Isn’t it amazing that 2016 is coming to an end? It has been a good year! A good year filled with ups and downs. Triumphs and failures. Joy and pains. This is life. This is my life and I am grateful for every experience because if I will allow it — it will teach me great things!
Failing at things used to cause me great embarrassment. But, honestly experiencing failures doesn’t bother me anymore because it is a sign that I tried and went for it. If I failed, I let it go.
I try to be the best mother to my children. Patience doesn’t come easy for me. I like things immediate. It doesn’t work this way when you are parenting! I need to remember to be patience with my kids. I need to remember what life was like at their age and understand that wiggle room and grace is needed to grow confident, capable and happy.
So, when I feel like I failed at motherhood — I let it go and know there is tomorrow to start a new. And, underneath it all I love my children with all my heart and this is all they need from me.
My relationship with my husband is something that I honor and cherish. It takes effort daily to give the needed attention, love, and service to my husband. The best things in life are those things that you work hard for. Keeping your marriage strong requires that you make it a priority. I am the first to admit, I haven’t always made it the case.
Photography by Rafael Guajardo
I am grateful for God’s loving wisdom to intervene to teach me how to be the best wife and companion to my loving husband. And, when I fail — I realize that that we are all imperfect and it is okay. The best thing to do is let it go. Choose love first and the rest will follow beautifully.
We often use New Year as a reset button to start NEW! A new start to personal growth and goal setting. The perfect time to focus our efforts on goals that will benefit us. And, letting go of things that don’t provide us purpose and meaning — this includes self-limiting beliefs.
I am taking the challenge from my favorite life coaches Marc & Angel Chernoff (who inspire me to live my life to my fullest potential) in letting go of the wrong things. Here are my favorite 3 out of their “30 Things to Let Go of Before the New Year:”
3 Things to Let Go of Before the New Year
- Let go of petty grudges. – Life is far too short to be spent nursing bitterness and registering wrongs. If there’s someone in your life who deserves another chance, give it to them. If you need to apologize, do it. Give your story together a happy, new beginning.
- Let go of lingering false beliefs. – Stop from time to time and ask yourself, “Is it true?” It’s funny how we can sometimes wrap our minds around things and fit them into our version of reality. But thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real. So watch your thoughts. Be wise. When your identity is not rooted in the truth, it can lead to toxic and lonely places where we seek approval from the wrong things.
- Let go acting standoffish and unapproachable. – We all need to learn to be more human. Don’t avoid eye contact. Don’t hide behind gadgets. Smile often. Ask about people’s stories. Listen.
I invite you to read Marc & Angel’s article in full. It is life changing. We all need a dose of reality now and then. Don’t be scared of it. Subscribe to their newsletters! They speak words of wisdom with authenticity and love — just what your soul needs for growth. Love all of you! Happy New Year!!!
Rafael Painter 2017 New Year Promotion