Waiting in line at the grocery store 2 days before Christmas with the rest of Travis County, I had plenty of time to peruse the magazines at the check-out counter. A flood of headlines designed to inspire me to change my life, slim down, and create the life, body, career, and relationship of my dreams in 5 easy steps in 2014 washed over me. At the beginning of a new year, we all tend to feel empowered and energized to finally really lose weight, join a gym, cut down on drinking/smoking/staying up too late/insert unwanted habits here, actually go to the gym you just bought a membership to, take vitamins, buy organic produce, make and drink green smoothies from the produce, have more fun, not to mention be a better spouse, friend, daughter, and career-woman. I didn’t need O Magazine to tell me this is my “Year to Shine” to get pumped up about the possibilities of 2014, but it was a validating reminder of the new beginnings on which I could embark. Wipe 2013 clean and start anew.
As I pondered what it might mean for me to shine this year, it occurred to me to look beyond the new year’s resolutions and challenge myself to shift my life in a real way…that I wouldn’t give up on around March.
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