Wednesday, December 14, 2016

2017: Year of the Badass Woman

As 2016 comes to an end, I look toward 2017 and what I plan to accomplish. I don't like to make New Year's resolutions because I feel I am just setting myself up for failure. Instead, my focus will be on accomplishments that make me look back and say What a badass.

Too often we reflect on the past year with disappointment because all we see are our failures. Our failure is that we didn't set realistic accomplishments that we could achieve. For example, I didn't get that promotion I worked my ass off for, but I can't control that. I can only do the best I can, and then it's in other people's hands. We exert too much energy on being negative and that hinders our view when good things do come along. That's why it's time to change our perspective, and that is why 2017 is going to be the Year of the Badass!

So, how am I going to be a badass?

My first badass goal is to get healthy. I know this sounds like a resolution, but it isn't. I am not saying I am going to lose weight. I may be a little overweight, but being skinny doesn't make me amazing. But being healthy and taking care of my diabetes, so I can stay out of the hospital this year, leaves me plenty of time to achieve the rest of my goals!

The second badass thing I'm planning is to be content with my possessions and quit desiring more. I truly want for nothing so why do I keep wanting? While driving my car after grabbing lunch yesterday, I watched people who don't have a car walking down the street in freezing cold weather. I take so much for granted. I think nothing about hopping in my truck and driving wherever I need to go. Of course I use the remote start so it is nice and toasty before I get in; the princess can't be cold, right? I grew up poor so when did I become this entitled person? Always this desire for more clothes, more hand bags... is Louis not enough? My goal is to be content and give more to the less fortunate. We have become way too selfish. And the change starts with me.

Finally, I plan on getting my singing voice in tip top shape. About 7 years ago, I sang at my great-grandmother's funeral, who had raised me since I was three, and I decided that was the last time. When my grandmother died a few weeks later, I couldn't even sing for that. Music is my church. I thought I was doing myself a favor by stopping, but it turns out I hurt myself in the long run. From my early childhood, singing was how I dealt with my emotions from a painful early beginning. I need that in my life, and I won't be truly badass until I get my voice back. (Sitting here belting out Christmas songs helps!)

Janes, this is our year. Women will rise up and show the world we are a force to be reckoned with! So I ask you what are your plans for 2017 - Year of the Badass?

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