Kirstan Knowlton: Looking ahead to the New Year

Well here we are, the last day of the year, and with 2017 right in front of us, it’s hard to imagine what the upcoming year will bring.

I know that many people have a love/hate relationship with New Year Resolutions, but I think that I have found a middle ground that seems to work well for me.

I used to begin each year full of determination to make changes; and like most people, those attempts at bettering myself failed.

OK, so maybe failed isn’t the right word, but I basically set myself up to fail, because I created unrealistic expectations for myself that really didn’t address the root of what I wanted to change. And after just a couple of months (if I even made it that long), I was back where I started.

A few years back I decided to ditch those old and ineffective resolutions and focus my energy on one or two key words that held special meaning to me. I used those words like a guide in my day-to-day life to remind me of what I wanted to achieve.

Words like love, kindness and appreciation have been at the center of my mentality recently as I look for ways to connect with the people around me.

Although I haven’t nailed down exactly what I am planning for this year, I’m thinking it will be along the lines of productivity and happiness.

They say you should do what makes you happy and let go of the negative things, but I think that’s easier said than done. How often do we stay committed to something far to long because we feel like we can’t let some one down?

It’s a tough call, and everyone’s situation is different, but I believe that we all need a little self-care because, if we don’t take care of ourselves, then how can we really effectively care for others?

This coming year, I also want to focus my attention on getting my to-do-list done. I want to tackle those projects and tasks and start moving forward with the things that I want to do.

Things like finishing my memoir, applying to colleges and getting back to blogging. All of these things cross my mind several times a day, but I just haven’t been prioritizing them in my life.

Routines are hard to create, but I’m confident that I can get myself there. They say the more people you tell about your goals the more likely you are to keep them, so I guess now I should consider myself accountable!

I would love to hear your tips or stories of success for reaching your goals. So feel free to send me an email.

I hope that everyone has a joyous and safe weekend. Happy New Year to all of you, here’s to 2017!

Kirstan Knowlton writes a weekly column for The Berlin Daily Sun. Her inspiration comes from events and people in the community who continue to work hard to make the North Country one of the best places to live. You can contact Kirstan by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..