“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”  -J.B. Priestly

I love New Year’s Resolutions, not because they are some sort of cultural obligation or because they give me an opportunity to work off my extra holiday diet, but because they are to me representative of a fresh chance and the opportunity to change perspectives.

I want to make 2017 my year of investing, but here’s the kicker: I’m not talking about my bank account. To invest is to put our time or energy or money towards something with the expectation of receiving a profit or a material result. In essence, I hope to make choices based on what I think will help myself and the world around me to grow.

  • I’m investing in people and the environment by purchasing local, second-hand, or fair trade when possible and in thinking through every purchase.
  • I’m investing in truth and integrity by subscribing to a reputable magazine and newspaper.
  • I’m investing in hope by sharing stories of positivity and love and letting others keep their negative or hateful energies rather than letting them impact me.
  • I’m investing in my mind by reading and asking deep questions.
  • I’m investing in my body by being intentional about food and exercise.
  • I’m investing in my soul through prayer, mindfulness, and being open to a new spiritual journey.
  • I’m investing in my future by thinking of obstacles to my success not as threats but as challenges that I can tackle with a sense of adventure.
  • I’m investing in family and friends by making my loved ones a priority.

Yeah, that’s a lot to take on, but it’s more about a shift in mindset than in tackling definitive goals for all of them. My resolution is to start every day with a mindful moment thinking about what kind of investment I want to make that day, and to revisit those thoughts intentionally throughout the day. I also plan to pause before I make a purchase and to ask myself, “Is this an investment?” I hope that this will foster growth and that I will be able to share this journey with you as the year progresses.

Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions?