Picture it: Atlanta. December 31, 2015. I am sitting on a couch with some friends, declaring to them that 2016 will be the Year of Me. I pledge to them with passionate resolve that this year, I am going to take better care of myself, pursue my interests, and not let the turkeys get me down. I will handle my teen-related stress with the grace and ease of a butterfly.
Fast forward to today: Atlanta. June 2016. I am sitting in my office chair, declaring to you all that I have failed miserably.
But I’m not giving up.
One thing I have learned about the teenage years is that something major has either just happened or is about to happen. Whether it be dealing with grades, friends, love, or future, the high school era carries a lot of weight because it holds the remaining scraps of time together, our last chance to squeeze in all the lessons, values and wisdom before we release our children into the wild.
So, I sat down and asked, “What is the best way to take care of my teenagers?” And my first thought was, “To take care of myself.” This led me to revisit my New Year’s Resolution and make a list of ways to achieve it. I offer these to you as inspiration, with the caveat that there are two rules: A) You must do something; and B) You must do it for you.