Over the Christmas holiday, my family and I spent time in a lovely home in the mountains. Among the amenities about which I was most excited was a large soaking tub. Upon seeing it, I declared I would take advantage of it throughout our stay. Relaxing in a bath has long been a favorite indulgence, but rarely do I make time to do so at home, and certainly not in such a luxurious setting.
An opportunity to take advantage of the tub didn't present itself the first day when we were busy getting settled and celebrating the holiday - or the next day when we were busy playing games - or the next day when we were busy swimming with the babe - or the next day when we were busy exploring the resort. It wasn't until our fifth (and penultimate day), when my husband asked whether I had used the tub that I realized the window of opportunity was closing. I finally made it happen. And. It. Was. So. Lovely.
It occurred to me that if I hadn't mentioned my intention out loud, I probably would have continued to find reasons not to carve out time for myself, and I would have left our vacation having not indulged in some much appreciated self-care. The same principle holds true in much larger and more important contexts, and it has implications as we look ahead to the new year.
As you map out your dreams and goals for 2016, I encourage you to be vocal about what you want to accomplish. From little matters of self care to bold ambitions, a bit of accountability and encouragement can go a long way. Share your hopes and dreams for the new year - and watch them come true...