Today is a period of reflection for me because it's my 29th birthday! Birthdays are feared by some and revered by others, but whatever opinion you have, it's a great day for evaluating your life. If it's true that we hardly ever stop to smell the roses, then it must be doubly true that we rarely check out our own garden. If you took that time at least once a year for evaluating your life, you might be more able to determine if the direction you are headed in is what you really want.
For instance, you may consider yourself a writer, despite not having written anything for the past year. A birthday or a holiday like New Year's Day is a fantastic time to lay out some goals for yourself in those areas. These goals should be positive and clearly defined, unlike a resolution, which tends to be negative and vague. Other aspects you should keep in mind when evaluating your life include your health, your finances, your relationships and your general happiness. Here are a few questions to ask yourself in each of those areas.
Evaluating your life is difficult because it always seems like there are a lot of things that need to change at once. Don't worry about fixing every issue right away. A life that you can be proud of takes time. Like deciding which piece to take from a birthday cake, just pick a side and dive in. Whatever slice you choose, you'll be happier if you eat it than if you hold off until next year. Make it happen one bite at a time.
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