No New Year’s Resolutions – Just Courage

Posted on January 1, 2015 by

I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions – one only has to visit a health club in February to see my point. Resolutions don’t work – but intentions do.

In 2015, I intend to practice courage – turning hopes and dreams into action, changing possibilities into probabilities. Choosing love over fear, presence over absence, to push forward over holding back.

As I move forward into 2015, I’m inspired by the words of one of my heroes, Maya Angelou. She says: “One isn’t born with courage. One develops it by doing small courageous things—in the way that if one sets out to pick up a 100-pound bag of rice, one would be advised to start with a five-pound bag, then 10 pounds, then 20 pounds, and so forth, until one builds up enough muscle to lift the 100-pound bag. It’s the same way with courage. You do small courageous things that require some mental and spiritual exertion.”

Yes, Maya, I am ready to work hard, to build muscle, to exert myself mentally and spiritually. 2014 was a year of change, a year of possibilities, a year of setbacks, and a year of possibilities.

2015 will be a year of courage.

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What is your intention for 2015? I’d love to share your energy – leave a comment on what you’re looking for 2015.

Jennifer Wolfe

Jennifer Wolfe, a writer-teacher-mom, is dedicated to finding the extraordinary in the ordinary moments of life by thinking deeply, loving fiercely, and teaching audaciously. Jennifer is a Google Certified Educator, Hyperdoc fanatic, and a voracious reader. Read her stories on her blog, mamawolfe, and grab free copies of her teaching and parenting resources.

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Comments: 9

    • Jennifer Wolfe

      January 14, 2015

      Amanda, Maya is my absolute favorite. I cannot tell you how much her words and wisdom have inspired me throughout the years.

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  • Anna

    January 3, 2015

    Courage is a great word to focus on, and that Maya Angelou quote is one of my favorites! I’m working toward being Bold in all things in 2015, which is close to your courage. Good luck to you!

    • Jennifer Wolfe

      January 4, 2015

      Oh yes, Anna, Maya has so many wonderful words to share with us. Some of my ‘go to’ inspirations come from her – I think of them on a daily basis. Thanks for the encouragement, and I’m excited for 2015! Hope yours is wonderful, too!

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