How to Start the New Year

Each year, if not each moment, you are handed a blank page. To a writer, that’s both daunting and exciting – the stories we can create! To any of us, though, the unknown can be overwhelming. So much can fill the page; some sacrifices may have to be made. I can’t write two stories at once. I can’t go to school and travel the world. So how do we know if we are choosing correctly?

To be frank, we don’t. There may not be a correct choice among the options, as there is no wrong choice before us. There is simply a choice, then another, and another. Until our choices paint a beautiful story on a surface that once sat empty. With each choice, we gain experience. With each choice, there is always a chance to make another.

So let’s simplify things. Let’s get down to the fun, hard, crazy instruction at the top of the page. In a few hours, it will be 2018. Before you, sits a blank page and a single task: grab hold of this blank page and fill it in.

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What will you place as the first mark on your blank page this new year?

Is it a story? A new travel experience? An objective to organize the house? Whatever it is, embrace it. And if you want some accountability, share your ‘first mark’ in the comments below. 

Happy New Year.

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

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The Key to a Magical New Year

The year is coming to an end, and you have done so much! You ARE amazing! Just take a tally of all that has happened – the goals you met, the goals you still can to achieve, where you started, and where you now find yourself. There is so much you have achieved! There are so many smiles you have shared.

After all these successes, we have a right to feel pure joy. Yet, many of us may find ourselves stopped, staring at the one challenge we have yet to overcome, or the new challenge that has just presented itself in the past few weeks. Perhaps it is a work problem or a personal issue, a family dynamic or a negotiation among friends. Whether it is big or small, frequent or a one-time issue, let’s give this challenge the space it needs … by filling in the blank:

My challenge today is

 

______________________________________________________________________.

 

Now, there’s no magic wand yet invented to remedy life’s challenges, but there is mindset, belief, and the power of positive thinking.  And, those come pretty darn close to a magic wand!

 

So, flick of the wrist and douses of magic, let’s turn that challenge into opportunity.  Take exactly what you wrote above, and fill it in the blank below:

My opportunity today is

 

______________________________________________________________________, and I can’t wait to see what I’ll make of this experience!

 

When your challenge starts to get the best of you, repeat the opportunity sentence to yourself.  Better yet, stand in front of a mirror, say it aloud, and announce it to a friend! The more volume you put to these words, the more your body and heart start to embrace your words’ strength.

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May you have a day blessed with true, rewarding opportunity.  You WILL find your way to the other side, and to a marvelous and magical new year.

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

The Reason Today Is Worth Celebrating

Much too often, we minimize our accomplishments.

We tell ourselves, ‘Sure, I did that, but so could anyone else around.’ Or, ‘Yeah, I did that, but I could have done it better.’

And maybe that’s partly true. There are lots of talented people. There is always room to improve.

But could you have done just as well two months ago?

Could you have accomplished that task last year?

The measure of our success has never been the people around us. The target in sight has never been based on a neighbor.

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Because our only locus of control is in ourselves. Our only standard of compare is against ourselves.

We take who we were yesterday, and we try to grow into an even better person today. We take our mistakes of the day, and acknowledge that they will help us grow tomorrow. We hold in ourselves the belief that we are our own greatest advocates, and we are our own cheering fans.

We applaud our successes, no matter how small.

And we give to ourselves the encouragement we would give to a friend. Because we know the truth: what we did today was INCREDIBLE. And what we can do tomorrow will be inspired by today.

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.