I generally don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore. For me, it seems a bit like grandstanding. If I’m going to make a change, I need to find the willpower and courage to just make a decision, and do it. That includes getting to the gym, getting enough sleep (with the Morning Show schedule?!) weeding out all the clutter and junk around the house, you know, that sort of thing.

That said, 2016 was personally very difficult for me for a multitude of reasons, and I know that I am certainly not alone. I do look forward to the idea of a clean start to a new year and looking ahead rather than being fixated on rear view mirror. As the sign in my home office says, " Don't look back, you're not headed that way."

So, if these sound like resolutions, so be it. I prefer to look at them as goals. We all should have them, they give us direction and purpose.

  •  Family. Family family family. Conversations, game night, dinners around a table and not on the run or at a TV tray. Trips we take, not just talk about. Finding more ways to connect to those far away.
  •  Find more patience. I fully admit this is not my strong suit. Nope. Not.
  • Eliminate stress when I can. (I think this is related in part to the patience issue above). A good friend once explained it to me this way: “There are big potatoes, and small potatoes. And in the end, they’re all small potatoes.” Okay, maybe not all, but certainly there are things I stress and worry over that don’t deserve that energy from me. My new question, “Does this really matter?”
  • Me first, at least sometimes. It’s that whole “put your oxygen mask on first before helping others” thing.
  • Less TV watching. Just kidding, I don’t watch that much, actually, but don’t try to take my “Outlander” or “Blue Bloods” away from me. It wouldn’t be pretty.

Got goals? What does the New Year look like to you? Tell you what, I’ll root for you, if you root for me. Or even if you don’t.  Best to you all, Susan

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