A letter from Executive Director, Dawn Stover:
With the New Year comes New Year’s resolutions, and I love making resolutions. I love contemplating what I can incorporate into my life this year to make me happier and healthier. I even enjoy making lists, mind-maps, charts, graphs, and journals to track my progress. Sounds pretty intense, right? Well it is, and it has been.
But if I am being completely honest, after all these plans, I do what approximately 92% of other people who make resolutions do; I fail to keep them.
Some of you may have made the usual resolutions for 2019,
like saving money, losing weight, reading more, and eating healthier. While these are all admirable goals, I believe you really only need one resolution to produce the same results. And this resolution is one that you (and I) will be able to see all the way to December 31, 2019:
Learn to love yourself
As helpers we are often good at actionable ways to show love to others such as helping them, believing them, or listening to them. However, when it comes to showing self-love, we have a tendency to be critical and judgmental. By putting self-love into action, you have no choice but to be healthier and happier. Self-love allows us to be better in our relationships with our home and work families, and in our communities.
So start by making yourself a priority. Acknowledge your gifts, strengths and all that is good about you. Speak in loving kindness to yourself –
“I am a perfect creation. I believe in myself. I am worthy. I am valuable. I am good enough."
Wishing you a wonderful 2019!