New Year thoughts this 2020

New Year thoughts this 2020
Our Long & Winding Road (Door County, my Dad's photo)

The words, “Awkward, brave and kind,” that Brené Brown writes we should embrace in 2020, resonate. They evoke inspiration and aspiration to cultivate wellness with healthy habits. We work to live with intention and grace to grow with change. 

Onward & Upward!

Onward & Upward!

It feels scary to take positive action. I felt mortified that I finished last among my friends at the Las Vegas Half Marathon in my twenties. My friends waited for me. Thankfully, friends and family support each other.

While I slow down a bit to avoid my natural clumsy manner and unfiltered instincts, I still sometimes catch myself running down a busy street in street clothes to make an appointment or train.  Awkward...

We may say the wrong thing, but try to agonize over it less. Books like Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work help us determine the significance of perceived threats. Life evolves in complicated ways, but we choose love to ease the transition and change with our people.

Today, our experiences help us understand others. We can relate to kids' perspective when they may be crushed after a game. We learn to be grateful to compete or play in the race or game. Thanks to family, we'll wear our soccer shin guards underneath our socks...

Get in the game!

Get in the game!

While grateful for our family and life journey, we try to focus on effective growth aligned with our priorities. Thanks to the Simply Luxurious Life blog that highlighted Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything, I am adding that to my list as we strive to be mindful. 

Last week when life felt overwhelming, my nine-year-old threw me a life preserver. He explained at the end of a long day how kindness boosts your immune system. While I took deep breaths, he proceeded to carry my bags and help me. Together, we feel hopeful, act with compassion, and do our best. We encourage our boys to stand up for what is right.

Tender moments of grace and unexpected beauty fill our hearts with joy. We try to anticipate conflict, plan strategically and choose kindness to position ourselves for peace and new opportunities.

Best wishes this New Year and 2020! XO

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