Reach for new goals in 2019.

Without fail, New Year’s Eve always feels a bit like my birthday. There’s always a big to-do: I reflect on my accomplishments and goals for the upcoming year, committing to changing basically everything in my life. Then I expect that at the stroke of midnight I’ll magically feel different, perhaps a bit older, wiser and more mature – and surprise – I never do! My goals aren’t magically met, I’m not 10 pounds lighter, and no wrinkle or grey hairs appear to remind me of the passing of time (I usually discover those while sitting in D.C. traffic when the sun is hitting my face and hair at just the right angle).

The truth is, on Jan. 1, I always feel exactly the same as I did on the previous day. This year I’m switching it up. I’m measuring my success by my growth and how my reactions to life’s inevitably rocky events have improved. I’ve learned the power of boundaries and saying no, and without feeling guilty about it. My slightly fiery personality has cooled from 110 degrees to a nice and comfortable 80 degrees. I’m giving myself time to process before acting, and finding that I’m generally a happier and better-rounded person.

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