Courtney’s Counsel: Resolutions

2Courtney’s Counsel is a monthly blog by Renewed’s Clinical Director, Courtney Grimes, LCSW. Courtney aims to deliver relevant content by covering the latest trends and offering professional tips and advice. If you feel that you need personalized assistance, please contact the Renewed office at 615.831.9838. 

“Happy New Year!” (By: Courtney Grimes, LCSW)

“Next year I promise to…”

“My new year’s resolutions are…”

“January is when I will finally…”

Any of these sound familiar? Most of us make a list of resolutions around this time of year; promises to be better, hope to feel better – just some type of insurance that this next trip around the sun will be okay.

These contracts we make with ourselves are exactly that – contracts. Sometimes contracts are broken, or they expire. Sometimes commitments are made with the best of intentions but lack what is needed for true sustainability. I have made new year’s resolutions time and time again, only to feel disappointed in myself when I fail to keep them. What a set-up!

I would like to propose something radical. DO NOT MAKE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS! Instead, what if we all committed to our hearts, minds and bodies right now? What if we committed to take care ourselves, be kind to ourselves – always!

My challenge is this: resolve to listen to your heart, mind and body and respond with compassion! Commit to yourself – always! Starting now…

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About the Author

Courtney Grimes, LCSW, serves as the Clinical Director for Renewed. She was introduced to the organization in 2005 during her own recovery from an eating disorder and has been involved (and in love) with the organization ever since. Courtney attended the University of Georgia and graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Opera Performance. After leaving the music industry, she went on to receive her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. In addition to her work with Renewed, Courtney is a psychotherapist in private practice with Symmetry Counseling Services. She is originally from Atlanta, GA.