New Year’s resolutions. Some folks like them. Some folks don’t. What about you? While they can be motivating and give us goals to work toward, we often find ourselves making resolutions that aren’t realistic or our hearts are not really into. When that happens, our resolutions don’t stick around very long.

This year as I began to pray about this new year of 2014 and its possiblities, I thought about many things. Personally, professionally, spiritually, relationally and beyond. I was sensing the need for a “whole person” makeover, not just redoing one area of my life. This had me excited and afraid at the same time…

I call this “whole person” makeover “New Year New You.”  I decided it’s time to stop focusing on parts of me and look at my whole self, scary as that was. It’s not enough for part of me to be healthy if other parts of me are sick and dying.

I listed the areas where change was needed and I began to pray for direction. As always, I was not disappointed. The Lord showed me just what needed to be done in different areas of my life and then directed me to the resources I would need to make these changes. Isn’t He wonderful that way?

Thus began my journey on January 1, 2014 to a healthier, happier me—physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, relationally. I have a plan. Need one. As I’ve always said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never know if you get there.” I’m not naïve enough, though, to think that I won't need to make revisions to my plan throughout the year. That’s called life.

And along with the external changes I’m making, there’s lots of internal change happening also—positive thinking, changed perspectives, beliefs cemented, faith strengthened. I’m convinced that without the internal changes the external changes aren’t even possible. After all, you can’t put new wine into old wine skins (that’s another post). These changes that I’m making won’t stick unless the soil they’re planted in has been tilled and is fertile, awaiting the possibilities to spring forth.

It’s happening already! Right before my very eyes! It’s not easy, but oh, is it worth it! I’ve decided that I’m going to bring my best self to 2014—for my family, for my clients, for me. Will you join me?

There’s no better time than now to begin to make the changes that will change your life. Make 2014 your best year yet! We’re never too old to make changes and get healthy. And if I can help in any way, please let me know. I’d be more than happy to help you with your whole person makeover, too!

Feel free to leave a comment below about your goals for this new year. Make sure they are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely. Let’s journey together toward our new “me’s!”