Less Stuff, More Presence for 2016

My infrequency of blogging may make it hard to believe, but I actually love to journal! In fact, I maintain three pen and paper journals. Each night, before I go to sleep, I write down what happened that day. I like writing in my journals because it’s fun to keep record of simple day-to-day activities. Even more than that, journaling helps me to take stock in everything I have in my life.

When I look back at entries from 2015, rarely do I find details about the Amazon Prime package that arrived or some crazy post on my Facebook Newsfeed. They are about what I made for dinner, where I walked Quailford, the yoga pose I finally did, visits from friends and family, and my feelings toward events and people. At the end of the day, if the latter is what I actually want to remember, then why do I spend so much time on Amazon and Facebook? I am not beating myself up about spending too much time on my devices. That sort of negativity gets me nowhere, but it is a realization of what is important.

At work, I create goals for each quarter and then list out the key results I must obtain in order to achieve those goals. I’m going to do that  now for my personal life: in 2016, I resolve to put less emphasis on stuff and more importance on being present. In order to do that, I will learn to become a better listener. I will commit and accept acts of kindness. I will show gratitude with intention.