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Resolving to Live with the Mindset of Thankfulness

Thankfulness strengthens the pursuit of a simple life because living simply is about separating myself from everything that does not bring me joy.

As we approach the new year, I have begun thinking about my resolutions and asking questions like what will this next year be like? Will it better or worse than the last year? Will I be able to follow through with my New Year's resolutions? Will anything change? I’m realizing that often I approach the new year with many expectations and forget to reflect on the past year with thankfulness. Sometimes I don’t even make resolutions because I don’t believe that I will succeed. This year, I want to lower my expectations and set high goals for my future without the fear of failing, and I want to resolve to live with thankfulness.

I do have several practical goals for this year. Many of them encompass the pursuit of simplicity. Our family plans to finish our bus. (If you’re new here, my family is converting a school bus into our tiny home.) I plan to experiment with establishing a homeschooling routine for my children. I have goals for writing and blogging. If I’m honest, though, it’s difficult to articulate everything that I want to do. I want to do so many things, and some of them may or may not be possible to achieve this year.

As I’m an all-or-nothing person, too often I do nothing because I do not have the certainty of success. So, resolving to live with thankfulness is about changing my mindset. I want to set goals for this year whether or not I will be able to achieve them. I think articulating our goals is important, and alongside these goals, I want to make a list of things I’m thankful for. I believe that thankfulness strengthens the pursuit of a simple life because living simply is about separating myself from everything that does not bring me joy. My joy does not necessarily come from how much money I make or from where I live. My joy comes from my relationships, and in my opinion, thankfulness is a mindset that strengthens our relationships.

My challenge for you this year is to make a list of things you’re thankful for alongside your list of resolutions. Resolve to keep the list of things you’re thankful for in the forefront of you mind so that when you become discouraged or think you may fail, you can remind yourself of all that you are thankful for. I think that resolving to live with the mindset of thankfulness will strengthen our new year resolutions and aid us in our pursuit of living simply.

What resolutions will you make for the new year? Do you like to make resolutions? Why or why not? We’d love to hear from you!

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Alana Jamison grew up in Oklahoma and currently resides in Northwest Kansas with her husband and two children. As a mom of two toddlers and an aspiring homeschooler, she's passionate about living simply for the sake of having an adventurous life. She and her husband, Jeremiah, are building their tiny home in a school bus, and she started The Jamisons blog and its accompanying YouTube channel to share about her family's transition into tiny living. In her work she hopes to inspire others to live their "tiny" dreams. Find out more about Alana at http://alanajamison.ink.   

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