By Brianna Bracey
Distinguished Young Woman of Utah for 2013
Before I start talking about New Year’s and resolutions, I wanted to share this photo with you. Have you seen it before?
This is Janus, the Roman Mythology God (the month of January was named after her). She is most often depicted as having two heads facing opposite directions; one head looks back at the last year while the other looks forward to the new, simultaneously looking into the future and the past.
As we face our new journey through 2014 with excitement, I pray we can all pause to look back every once in a while—not with regrets or intent to stay there in the past—but with a thankful heart for the “blessings, experiences that have tried us, tutored and proven us, made us more humble and yet in many ways stronger.” ~Elaine S. Dalton
Not every day in 2013 was good, and granted, not every day in 2014 will be either. But there will always be something good in every day. I hope we can remember these moments and experiences of our past as we strive to seek and create the good every day in the new, upcoming year.
With that being said, the New Year is an exciting time—one of my favorites actually. For me, a new year marks a new beginning—a new start to create the life I want to live by implementing the important goals, habits and necessary changes in my life so I can be the person God designed me to be. However, this last year I’ve realized you don’t need a new year to do that. Every day is literally the first day of the rest of your life—a brand new start in your effort to become the person you desire to be.
At the beginning of a new year the overachieving optimist in many of us creates hundreds of resolutions and to-do’s that will most likely be forgotten within the next few days, weeks or months. According to the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 8% of people are successful in achieving their resolutions, which brings me to my own personal resolutions (or lack thereof) for 2014…
I can honestly say I don’t have any resolutions for the upcoming year—not a single one. Let me explain—it’s not because I’m perfect. It’s simply because I’ve been making resolutions all year long. I’ve been setting goals and working towards those goals and changing habits every day, and I fully intend to continue doing that through 2014.
So with a little inspiration from Janus, here’s my two cents of advice:
#1. Don’t let your resolutions be a one-time event. Recommit to them every day, and continue to set goals for yourself. Your potential is limitless and “the future is as bright as your faith.” –Gordon B. Hinckley
And #2- Every once in a while, take a moment to pause and look back. You’ll be surprised to see how far you have come.
Wishing you a happy new year from Utah,
Brianna Bracey is a college freshman at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah majoring in Psychiatric Nursing and minoring in Music. Originally from Alpine, Utah, Brianna was a participant in the Distinguished Young Women program and was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Utah for 2013. Learn more about Brianna here!