Welcome to 2019 and welcome back to Union. As the year kicks off, we’re surrounded by others who have established goals for the new year. Maybe you have a list of resolutions you’d like to keep. There are many people looking to better themselves; gyms are filled to capacity and health food stores can’t keep their shelves stocked.
Last year, I probably made about seven resolutions and boy, did that backfire. Not only did I try hard to keep them, but when I didn’t, I felt really guilty like I was letting myself down! When people would ask how the resolutions were going, I’d look down and mumble “oh you know, just fine.”
To me, it’s always so inspiring to see people making changes in their lives. I have friends who’ve decided to eat healthier and exercise daily. They talk about how much this or that has improved their life and I think man, if I could just stick to it, I’d be like them! Inspiring to others and healthier. This year, I’ve decided to cut out some of the “noise” in my life, whether that be literal noise such as excess music or background tv shows, or social noise like social media usage.
These things I can control. 24 hours just doesn’t feel like enough time to get everything done that needs to be done, especially when so many things compete for our attention. The noise robs our minds from living in the moment. Sometimes, I begin my day with ambitious to-do lists and end the day feeling defeated because all I was able to accomplish were the side tasks.
Then I look around and it seems that everyone else is accomplishing much more. I challenge you to stay on course. Whatever your goal is this year, stick to it. Be okay with starting small and as you accomplish each thing, work more goals into your schedule. Then, allow yourself a moment of quiet each day to reflect on the plan for the day, month or year and listen to God’s. Your persistence to better yourself will reinforce the foundation of why you’re here and what you dream to do.
God will bless you with the ability to conquer each day with confidence, focus for your tasks and motivation to complete them. Go for quality over quantity. Let God take the lead in your life. Let’s conquer 2019 and make it wonderful!
Kasondra Reel is a senior studying nursing.