I was going to start off the new year with a great post about New Year’s Resolutions. But, I didn’t want to do the same old boring stuff:
– I’m going to lose weight (which I have this month!!);
– I’m going to eat healthy (which I’ve been doing, which is part of the weight loss);
– I’m going to workout more (which I’ve also been doing – see weight loss);
So, I’ve been pondering what to resolve to do in 2018, and what to post about. I thought January was going to be over before I thought of something.
But, then…the counters around the sinks in the women’s room at my day job always have standing water on them. I’m not sure how so much water gets splashed around as you wash your hands. After many times of being the one to lean forward and get my shirt wet, I now wipe the countertop off before I wash my hands, as well as after I finish at the sink.
Last week a colleague appreciated that I was wiping the countertop, and I told her I just felt I had to because as a former Girl Scout, I was taught to leave a place better than I found it.
That short conversation got me thinking. Why is it only places that we should leave better? Isn’t the point to love people? Shouldn’t we be enriching the people we meet daily instead of tearing them down?
That’s when I knew what my 2018 resolution is – to leave people better than I find them.
So, I’m resolving to be more kind to the people around me. To be more alert when they need something. To focus on the people in my life instead of my life.
When I was cleaning my craft room this weekend, I came across some card fronts I had stenciled. So, I pulled out the Daisy Delight stamp set, and my Archival Basic Black Ink to turn them into “thank you” cards. I need some now to thank some friends and teammates for some happy mail I recently received, but I’ll also have plenty on hand to send out as the moments arise.
It’s not a big thing, but for me, it’s the small changes that I make that usually have the biggest impact.
And, next time I stamp, I’ll be making extras of whatever I make (birthday, sympathy, thinking of you) so I’ll have plenty of those cards waiting for when they are needed to celebrate, support, bless, & love the people in my life.
I live in Austin, TX. By day, I advise on transfer tax issues for estates. But, this site is for the things I do and enjoy during my free time -mostly stamping, scrapbooking, paper crafting, but occasionally I may post about photography, gardening, cooking and all sorts of creative endeavors.