Happy New Year!

By: Karlee Decock

With 2015 coming to an end I, like many others, took the time to reflect on the past year. This year was filled with both happy and sad times, but I can take all my experiences and use them to grow as a person and mother. It is typical for people to set resolutions at the start of the New Year. I have never been big on resolutions because more times than not, they are never fulfilled. This year, however, I have decided to choose five things in my life that I wish to change and work on.

1. Be a better Christian. This to me means putting others needs in front of mine, “paying it forward”, giving to those less fortunate, and spreading the word of God. Too often I have made excuses as to why I couldn’t make it to Church or a Christian function, this year I will try my best to put God above anything else.
2. Be a better employee. I am very fortunate to be able to work for amazing people and alongside great women. One of my goals this New Year is to build relationships with all our clients, to know them and their pets by name. I want to be able to put a smile on everyone’s faces, and make their day a better one.
3. Be more patient. I must admit that I am not a very patient person. I tend to want to get things done as soon as possible and don’t like wasting my time. Being a single mother of two, working full time, and trying to achieve my own goals in life can be stressful. I will do my best to take one day at a time and remember to breathe. We’re only given so many days on this earth and I will make each one of those days count.
4. Be a better mother. My children are my world. Without them, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be the woman I have become. Having two children under four can have its own set of difficulties, but these are the best times in my life. Messy rooms, dirty floors, and sticky hands can wait. As long as my little ones are happy, so am I.
5. BE HAPPY. Too many times during the day do I wish circumstances and life events were different. You can’t change what has happened in your past, you can only change your future. I will be thankful I was given another day to live on this earth and I will be happy.

Some of my goals for the New Year will be harder to achieve than others, but thankfully they don’t have to be done overnight. I encourage all of you to set 5 goals that you want to reach, don’t sell yourself short, but also don’t make goals that are unattainable. Start off small and then build from there. Feel free to share your experiences with us at the vet clinic. I know I am looking forward to exchanging stories and learning more about each and every one of you. Happy New Year and see you soon!