Friday, December 26, 2014

Loud Lady :: How ‘bout a Resolution? [Using Reflection + Introspection to Create + Fulfill a New Year’s Resolution] (A Guest Post by Sarah of Sarah Thinks)

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I know I wanted to write about the topic of reflection and resolution for weeks; but every time I sat to write on my iPad, I stared into a blank oblivion. I felt confined having my mind confined to a specific topic. What if the topic is not what my message turns out to be? What if I let down my friend and fellow blogger (Shar—thank you again for this opportunity) because I couldn't produce something impactful, or at the very least insightful?

So then I did the Lisa Simpson thing—I went hunting for a new notebook. Surely I can write something amazing if I bought an amazing notebook. (Hopefully you have watched the Simpsons and understand the reference; if not, my apologies.) I went searching… Knocking over displays and navigating through hoards of Christmas shoppers… For a beautiful place where I could lay unceasing thoughts into a magnificent collection of lined pages. Some of them were too small; some of them were too expensive; some of them were distracting with designed pages that use too much viable space. And then, THERE IT WAS. This blank tome with beautiful, creamy pages that stood with an intimidating presence from its thickness. I opened it up. Gasp. No lines? How was I going to write in something with no lines? And you're probably thinking what does this have to do with making and maintaining a resolution?

I'll start by saying that I preferred lined notebooks because I can't write in straight lines, following edges of perfectly cut paper. I closed the notebook and put it back. Oh well, right? I continued my search distraught. I looked at a few more notebooks in various stores. I felt more and more disgruntled. Isn't the point to find the notebook with which I could be most ultimately inspired? Is the point of a resolution to set on accomplishing something definite?

The whole point of the story is a New Year’s Resolution is meant to focus oneself on becoming a happier, better self. Most people want to lose weight, but what is really motivating that need behind shedding a few pounds? There are no rules that constitute what should or should not be a resolution. And in fact, if every person tries to be happier each day, wouldn't that feel good and in turn encourage oneself to keep trying to do it again every day?

I went back and bought that notebook. And the first thing I wrote in it was this post entry. Now, I'm happy. I want to recreate this happy feeling as much as humanly possible. So, I kept writing in it. I will keep writing in it. I should probably name it.

I challenge you, reader, to meditate on yourself. What is it that will make you happy? Why will that make you happy? Then, do what makes you happy. Don't wait for January 1st. You'll be able to think next year on how good 2015 was and what better things 2016 will bring.

Sarah Phillips is a twenty-something writer and vocalist, interested in inter- and intra-personal language and relationships. You can read more of her writing on her blog, Sarah Thinks. This post is in support of my new program for 2015, Loud Ladies.
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