A New Year – 2015

March 13, 2015

At the beginning of each year, I set an intention for the upcoming 12 months. I usually end up with a long list of things I want to do better or different ways I want to be better. It can be daunting, to look at this list of New Year’s resolutions come February and realize I haven’t done much of anything differently.

As a special needs parent, I have experienced my child go through so many assessments and testings. Generally speaking, the focus is usually figuring out what your child can’t do and then measuring future accomplishments based on those “deficits.”

I have often found this way of testing to be depressing and frustrating. I don’t want to hear what my child “can’t do” compared to her peers. I want to hear all of the amazing things that my child can do right now!

In like manner, I have set a similar standard for myself with my “must be / do better lists.” I will celebrate all of my accomplishments, big and small. I will acknowledge the ways that I have transformed into a NEW me. I have declared 2015 to be the Year of Me.

“It’s a new dawn, a new day, a new life and I’m feeling good.” – Nina Simone