Learning to Be a Little Nicer

As I sat down yesterday and reflected on what I wanted my goals for 2019 to be, the one thing I kept coming back to is that I need to work on being nicer to myself. Not because I've already mastered being nice to everyone else, but because a lot of my stressors come from the pressures I put on myself.

I find that I berate myself for a lot of things: not being a morning person and hitting the snooze button too many times, taking a night off and binging on a TV show or book instead of working, not answering your emails fast enough, leaving dishes in the sink, not filing my taxes on time (OK, this one I need to be berated for).

Ultimately, I’ve set myself up to fail.

That’s not what I want for me and it’s not something that I want to teach my little boy.

Kelli & Lincoln - Wanderlove Calligraphy & Design

So instead, my goal for this year is to focus on the things I’m doing well: the nights I’ve hustled into hours of the day most people don’t see, the crazy amount of envelopes I calligraph in one sitting, that I’m successfully managing to be a wife and mom and have a full-time job and a successful side hustle, the really awesome feedback a past client left for me, the new products I come up with, and that I can still fall asleep after way too many cups of coffee.

I realize this goal isn’t changing the world, but I’m hoping by the end of the year I’ll have changed my own world a little bit. So here’s to a happier, healthier, nicer 2019. Are you with me?