New Year Brings Blank Canvas

Head into a new year with a few personal reminders

by Carrie Greenwood, Program Coordinator


Life is a blank canvas. I often tell the youth in my presentations this simple sentence. And it is a sentence that I truly believe in. So, I’m sharing it with you now. I think that the idea of a blank canvas is especially fitting as we look towards a new year that is right around the corner. Can you believe that it is almost 2017?! In a few weeks, we will all be attending parties, pigging out up until midnight, watching the ball drop on tv, and shouting “Happy New Year!” to our friends and family. A new year is upon us, and, I don’t know about you, but I tend to get a joyous, excited feeling on New Year’s Eve when it is about to turn into a new year. Not only do I have visions of filling up my blank canvas, but I see a new year as a time to be sentimental and look back on the last year, as well as have a fresh start on a new year.

As we go into 2017, there are a few things that I want to remind myself and that might help you as well. Check it out:

Life is short; make the most of it!
Life really is short. Did you think that Christmas and New Year’s would be here this soon? Each year seems to fly by, so what are you doing to make the most of each day? Are you enjoying life? Are you happy? Are you growing and becoming who you want to be? I understand comfort zones… trust me, I struggle with stepping out of mine. But I also know that I want to fully experience life. Each day is a new opportunity to do that.

Resolutions should be year round and really are achievable!
Resolutions are really just goals disguised and given a fancy name. While I like the idea of resolutions, I think, sometimes, when we give it that name, our goals suddenly become less important because we know that we never follow through on resolutions. So, let’s call them goals and go for them! Goals are always achievable if you have determination, support, and the right resources. Does that mean they are easy? Heck no! Most goals are hard, or at least take some effort, but it is so worth it when you fulfill them. So, call them resolutions. Call them goals. No matter what you call them, just make them happen.

There is A LOT to be thankful for!
What are you thankful for? You might have answered a new present you got for Christmas or your car or even your job. These are definite things to be thankful for, but don’t forget to list the simple things: a roof over your head, family, friends, good health, food, or even just freedom. We often take things for granted… I am completely guilty of this. I also know that life is not always easy. But, I’m guessing that there is at least one thing each day that we can be thankful for. I want to count my millions of blessings each day in this new year!

We are who we are for a reason!
I was meant to be Carrie. You were meant to be < insert your name here >. I am a girly girl, a dreamer, a motivator, a person with a disability, a confident woman with a shy side, a music lover... All of those things that make up who we are, they are important and they are okay. You are okay just as you are. Embrace who you are. Now, I’m not saying that we should be cocky. But, when you can simply say, “I like who I am,” that’s when life really begins. And remember that, if you are not okay with who you are, there are many things that you can choose to change. Which brings us to…

Each day is a blank canvas!

It’s up to us to make choices and create our life. We can improve. We can achieve. We can even start over if that is what is needed. Just know that it is in our hands. May we all embrace this new year and make it what we want! We will never have another 2017 again, so make it awesome! How will you fill your canvas?