2018: The Year of Tranquility

For years, I thought I was a pretty relaxed person. “Nothing gets to me,” I would tell people. I would let people walk all over me because I thought I just didn’t care about others’ opinions. Saying that I wasn’t bothered by anything made me a cool, non-judgemental person (or, so I thought). I thought I exuded tranquility.

Then, one day, I realized, I’m NOT relaxed. At all. I am a giant ball of anxiety. I can’t stand confrontation, and God forbid I go out into the world without make-up, because someone might tell me I look ugly (some college boys are real jerks).

After some soul searching and a few breakdowns, I realize that while I’m a bit of a basket case, it’s OK.

I’m in my child-bearing years and I can’t wait to have children of my own. But, sometimes I sit and obsess over what could happen to those beautiful babies if I bring them into the world.

I did this for months and drove myself absolutely loony with all the “what ifs.” I finally came to a conclusion a short while ago,

If I let the “what ifs” control my life, I’ll never do anything. I’ll never experience the wonderful, heart-warming moments that a baby can bring, and I’ll never be what my kids need me to be.

Thus, I have made a decision. This coming year, 2018, will be the year of tranquility for me. I’m going to figure out how to manage my stress, be a good aunt and babysitter, and at some point, a mom.

Florence Oregon, full of Tranquility
Florence, Oregon:  This is the most tranquil place I’ve ever been. I may need to take a trip back!
How am I going to do this?

First, I’m going to be more active. I live with fibromyalgia, so it’s hard for me to want to get up and jump around, but I know it will help.

Second, I’m going to try meditating. It seems silly to me now, but if it helps my health, what have I got to lose?

Finally, I’m going to spend all the time I can enjoying my nieces. They’re only little for so long. I need to love them with all I’ve got and be there for them, as that will bring me the most joy.

I believe that if I implement these steps, it will put me on the path to the serenity and tranquility I’ve been desiring for so long.

I’m sure I may struggle some days, where I’m a nervous wreck (if you are next to me in a traffic jam, sorry in advance!), but I look forward to this journey.

Do you want to join me in my Tranquility theme this year?
Do you have a different theme that you would like to apply to your year?
Let us know in the comments below or shoot us an email to snuggleosophy@gmail.com.

Have a Happy and Tranquil New Year!

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Meghan recently graduated Central Washington University with her B.A. in Education, specializing in Early Childhood Education and Development and is a certified K-12 teacher. She is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and is interested in expanding her knowledge of other international sign languages.

12 comments

  1. I used to think I was pretty chill too. I’m a basket case as well. But learning more about my anxiety, and focusing on turning it into something positive has really helped me! Love your writing in this post – beautiful blog 🙂

    1. Corrine, thank you so much! I’m learning to deal with my own anxiety and it’s been quite a struggle to keep my self esteem up throughout it, but your comment is really uplifting! You’re awesome! Keep your head up!

    1. April, I think that’s great! We do get caught up in our own lives and forget to appreciate and be grateful for all the little things. You’ll definitely be more tranquil if you stop to smell the roses!

  2. My theme for this year is ‘grow’ but I love the tranquility idea! I’ve been using Simple Habit on my phone, it’s a great guided meditation app. Highly recommend it.

  3. I absolutely love the idea of a year of tranquility! I am a giant stress ball, too! I worry about everything under the sun and the majority of it, I have no business worrying about! Your action steps are fantastic. Being active and trying to meditate will help you be more relaxed for sure. I really love the idea of just spending time with your nieces and trying to enjoy the time you have while they are little. That is my goal for the year, too. Worry less, enjoy more!

    1. Brittany, I’m so glad this sounds appealing to you, as well! I think spending time with my nieces and remembering just what you said about, “worry less, enjoy more,” will be the perfect combination to a stress-free year! I hope you can find your niche of things you enjoy to couple with your philosophy so that you, too, have an amazing year!

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