It’s here! Another year, full of new opportunities, just waiting for you to conquer it. First off, I feel I should acknowledge that a “New Year” doesn’t have to mean a “New You”- we all hear about people’s resolutions to stop doing this and start doing that, and the common truth that comes out just weeks into their “New Me” routine: it’s all too much to keep up with! Remember, we can all be hard on ourselves from time to time, and it’s important to remind ourselves that we are enough- we don’t necessarily need to “change”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for self-improvement; I just find we often try to take on too much all at once, and become discouraged if things don’t work out the way we imagined.
A New Year also means a fresh start, if you are into that sort of thing! We can leave behind the negative and look forward to the positive and what’s to come. For me, taking a couple of days to reflect on the past year is important too; what worked for me, what didn’t, etc. After that, I can feel more free to move on.
Instead of the daunting “resolutions” that we all feel the need to make (to become better at anything and everything), my word of choice for this New Year is “Goals”. These can be large and long-term, but they can also be simple things that we want to work on doing better and small tasks we want to accomplish throughout the year. It could even be something as simple as shifting your perspective.
So if it helps, grab a pen and your favorite notebook, sit down, and just write it out- for the most part, seeing thoughts in front of me on paper helps me organize them better. Make a list, a journal entry, or draw a picture; anything that helps you reflect, and also gets you excited for your future.
For me, this new year will begin with adventure; as I travel out of my comfort zone, across the world, and into a foreign land waiting for me to explore. Southeast Asia, here I come! (Wishing I could take this adorable mug with me!)
Whatever your plans are in this New Year, make it yours. I wish you all the best, be kind to yourself, and remember this last little piece of advice: