I've been trying to figure out how long I can continue to add "Happy New Year" to the beginning of texts, bottom of emails, and end of phone conversations. Do you know when the New Year cut-off is? is it all of January? let's go with that. The New Year itself is one of my favorite holiday time periods because I am completely and utterly inspired by new challenges, goals, and fresh starts. I'm very goal-oriented and resolutions and 2016 vision casting set my heart on fire. LET'S DO BIG THINGS AND LIVE AUTHENTICALLY AND INTENTIONALLY AND LOVE OTHERS AND MAKE 2016 THE BEST YET, you know?
Last year, I had lots of resolutions. I wanted to learn calligraphy and read lots of books and make my bed each day and send more letters and make new recipes...which are all great things. And I had a long list of them. But then school and life got in the way and made these attempts at everyday joys not enjoyable. And I really didn't check any of these off my list. I felt they were small efforts to be intentional, but they were not truly fulfilling. I was making small efforts in attempt to accomplish a big-picture goal, but I wasn't fully seeing the big picture. This year, my goal is to put more effort into seeing the big picture.
This year, I want to be passionate about loving authentically, saying yes, and living health(fully).
1. Loving Authentically: I haven't blogged in a long time. I think this has been the longest I've gone without blogging in the past few years. I want to live and love authentically this year. I don't want to share posts just to share posts, but to share with purpose and intention. I want to fill my house with friends and family and real conversations. I want to meet new faces and go new places. I want to seek wisdom and continuously fill my tank with truth, advice from great leaders, and positivity so that I can continuously share truth, advice, and positivity.
2. Saying Yes: I know there is a right time to say yes and a right time to say no. Last year, I read The Best Yes and it was wonderful. (you should read it if you haven't) But this year, I want to say yes. Say yes to new adventures, to spontaneous trips, to meeting new people, to new experiences. Last year, I felt my goals were crippled by fear. Fear of failure, fear of not being enough, fear of not saving enough, having no trust in God's plan for my future. This year I am saying yes.
To say YES to the passions God has pressed upon my heart. I want to put action into my goals. On New Year's Eve, I said YES to riding rollercoasters. I have never done this (crazy, right!?) and loved. them. all. (SPACE MTN I LOVE YOU) My entire life, I have just walked in the coaster lines and then waved bye to everyone as they jumped on the rides and then I'd meet them on the otherside. (one time I even had to stand in a "chicken circle" as I waved to all my fearless friends riding Tower of Terror. but this is another story for another time)
Usually, I'd say I'm pretty adventurous. I just had never ridden rollercoasters. and because I hadn't ever done it, I didn't feel like I was missing out. But when I did say YES, I LOVED IT. And now I feel like I have missed out my entire life. I don't want to live life skipping the scary, because on the other side of fear could be your purpose, passion, and love of rollercoasters.
This year, I am saying YES. And facing life fearlessly. Cheers to that. And Disney swirl cones. And Space Mountain.
3. Living Health(FULLY): I read a quote the other day that said "Eat healthy because you love your body, not because you hate it." And it stuck with me. A few friends and I kicked off the new year doing Whole30- eating whole foods for 30 days. And it has been wonderful. If I've had a rough day, I'll run home and head straight to the chocolate covered pretzels, M&Ms, or ice-cream. Whole30 has made me realize that 1. I am/was addicted to sugar 2. Sweets are no cure for boredom or rough days 3. Eating health(fully) means loving yourself and feeling AWESOME because you do. Eat simple, healthy whole foods, walk more, stress less. It's easy stuff.
So bring it on 2016! (even though we are already halfway through the first month) LET'S DO BIG THINGS AND LIVE AUTHENTICALLY AND INTENTIONALLY AND LOVE OTHERS AND MAKE 2016 THE BEST YET. And oh! Happy New Year, friends! :)