Evolving Into the New Year- Welcoming 2019 with gratitude, wisdom, and joy.
By Jen McCurdy, M.Ed., LPC

The dawning of a new year is upon us, inviting us to create the traditional New Year’s resolutions in an effort to start fresh. Why do we make these promises to ourselves to change as the clock chimes at midnight? Our reasons are as unique as our fingerprints; we want to change something about ourselves and the calendar provides a concrete timestamp for us to put thoughts into motion. Some of us want to lose weight or stop an addictive habit, or perhaps we want to get a new job, or a new partner, or become an artist. The list is endless, ranging from daily doses of plans to make things different to existential thoughts of wonder. The lengths of which we are each willing to go through to achieve these new ideas of change are again unique to each of us.

The story behind these resolutions often sets us up for success or failure. When you consider your thoughts for change, take pause and ask if there is hope or fear lurking in the midst. I hold fast to a basic truth in my life: Our stories matter. They provide the blueprint of our journey, and we will always view our current experiences based on our past. Some view this as a negative, while others are reminded that there is always some beauty to be found in our history, or more importantly, who we have become because of, or in spite of, our stories.

Our story invites us to take a piece of our history into our future; therefore, consider evolving into 2019 with lessons learned and proactive steps supporting growth and abundance. When creating your list of “resolutions,” or things you wish you do or change in 2019, consider the following as a guide to help create a year of gratitude, wisdom, and joy.

Gratitude: There is always something to be grateful for (even if it takes you awhile to come up with something). List things you are grateful for daily and watch as you become more aware of thankful moments.
Wisdom: Pace yourself, and learn when to hold tight and let go. Take pause to respond to situations mindfully, rather than react impulsively. Strive to thrive in all areas of your life.
Joy: Take time to feel the pulse of the earth. Create a plan to breathe, smile, and explore something new.

A new year brings fresh opportunities for us to bring our best selves forward. Wishing you a year full of joy, health, and peace.


Jen McCurdy, M.Ed., LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in women’s mental health and wellness: infertility, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, attachment, and transitions. Jen’s mission is to empower her clients to think big even when hope seems small. To learn more, visit JMWellness.net.