*Photo by my very talented friend, Amber Treese
As every new year comes around, I try and think about the things I would like to improve or do differently in my life. New Year's provides the perfect opportunity for a clean slate. This past New Year's I decide to make just ONE resolution so that I could focus on it and give myself better odds of sticking to it.
So, what is my resolution? To not turn down ANY invitation unless I absolutely can not make it for legitimate reasons. (For example: sickness, prior commitments) Now, to some of you that might not seem like a hard thing to accomplish. But, for me, it is a challenge. You see, I am VERY social and I often joke that I could talk to a tree...and that's true. BUT, I am also a homebody who would prefer to snuggle up on the couch with a warm blanket, some rich ice cream, and a decadent television show. (Housewives of anywhere, The Good Wife, and 20/20 are some of my favorites.)
Thus far into the year, I must say I am pretty proud of myself for sticking with my resolution. Being open to try new things has enriched my life. I have met new people and, in general, have a new appreciation for things. So far I have met anÂ old college room-mate for ice cream (okay, that one wasn't too hard since it involved something yummy, lol),Â went to aÂ home jewelry party, meet a new friend for wine, attended a community celebration, walked in the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Walk, had various play dates with other mothers, gone to lunch with those who started off as strangers and have ended up friends,Â traveled to Virginia Beach, attended a mom's night out event,Â become theÂ social committeeÂ chair for my HOA,Â and the list goes on and on and on. My calendar for the summer months is starting to fill-up with great new adventures...and, surprisingly, I can't wait!
WhyÂ is this resolution important to me? Well, it serves two purposes. First, it allows me to network and expand my business...something anyone in a sales related industry can appreciate.Â Secondly, and most importantly, it has created a great source of new friends...something that isn't as easy to come by as you get older. I used to sit around with my husband and say, "why don't weÂ have many friends and why don't we get invited to things."Â Well, now the answer is clear as day: because it takes EFFORT! Sure, in the beginning of any relationship you are certain to get invites to things, but the more you turn down those offers, the faster those invites dwindle!
If you struggle with a certain aspect or life challenge, I encourage you to confront it and work through it. When you start to emerge on the other side, it is an AMAZING view!
So, How is YOUR New Year's Resolution Going?
Shannon Milligan, Glen Allen Reatlor at Home Sweet Henrico with Keller Williams Realty, is lighting your way to home sweet home in the Henrico County Real Estate and the surrounding Richmond Real Estate market. To begin your Richmond areaÂ home search, please click here: Richmond Area Homes.