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My friends and I at a Christmas celebration this year.

Today is Christmas Eve and it really doesn’t feel like it. Despite the chill in the air and the snow on the ground, I am in denial. There is no way that it is possible that the year is almost over. I feel like it is early fall and I have plenty of time to accomplish the things I resolved to do on my 2013 agenda. Looking back, yes I have accomplished some things-but not everything I wanted to! 

It is funny how we set ourselves up for failure. We come up with 50+ New Years resolutions (most of them ridiculously not practical) and expect to fit them into our already maxed out daily lives. Most of the time these resolutions are made with the best of intentions, but that doesn’t make them attainable. I know I am sounding like a hater of this yearly NYE Resolution trend, but I know I am not the best at following through. 

This year, I am resolving to (hopefully) work towards the 4 Agreements:

Agreement One:

Be impeccable with your word – Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

Agreement Two:

Don’t take anything personally – Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

Agreement Three:

Don’t make assumptions – Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

Agreement Four:

Always do your best – Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

(From author Don Miguel Ruiz)

I know I won’t master these in a year, but it is certainly something to work towards in 2014!

 

With all of that being said, go and enjoy your holiday festivities and spend time with those you love!

Merry Christmas!