The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive. You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift, for all that it is painfully won, and it has been worth more than any qualification I ever earned.J.K. Rowling

A new year begins. Who are you? You aren’t who you were a year ago.

While it’s easy for us to accept we aren’t who we were five, 10 or 20 years ago — one year ago?

Think about the past year — the good, bad, indifferent. How did it change and shape you? Now think about what the year ahead holds — again, the good, bad, indifferent. From where you stand now, if you are ready, you get to make the choice — I will emerge wiser and stronger and continue to grow and be the best version of myself.

Every year and life’s experiences change us, and they can be a new opportunity for a new you. What do you want that new you to look like? Not just physically but also emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Move beyond New Year’s resolutions to your goals and dreams, and dream big! In each of these core areas that drive you and your life, make a list of goals and dreams. Here are examples:


Make more time for prayer and meditation, create balance, positively feed your spiritual self


Journal, think more positively, manage stress, laugh more, seek counseling and tools for coping


Learn something new, try new experiences, find a creative outlet — write, dance, sing, paint


Get good sleep, drink water, eat healthy, be active, address alcohol & drug addictions

Now, own it! Make these yours. These core areas of your life drive your stability, choices you make, relationships you keep and how you react to challenges and opportunities. A car can’t run forever without a tune-up. Why should you?

Tune-up and tune into these areas of your life, so you are prepared for the journey that lies ahead this new year. When you dream big, it benefits you and inspires those around you. Being your utmost is the highest good for you and everyone around you. Ready to dream big?


Author: Destiny Adoption Services

Destiny Adoption Services is proud to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience, and our professional team of experts includes moms, adoptive moms and birth mothers who provide compassion combined with trusted resources and skills.