New Year’s Resolutions can be difficult. They’re hard to set. They’re hard to follow through with… and they force you to take a deeper look at yourself and identify the areas in which you may have fell short that year.
I’m just going to be completely honest. 2018 was not a great year for me.... in pretty much every aspect. But you know what? That’s ok. Without a little darkness, you’d never see the stars. And when you finally take a break from the craziness of life to look, the stars shine so bright.
A few chapters of my life have come to a close this year. Some expected, and some a bit more surprising, but I can tell you this: I feel motivated and optimistic going into 2019. I’m so happy to be back home in the northeast where my heart has always been, I know what I want, and I feel unafraid of the work it takes to get there. I have a clear mind, an open heart, and I'm ready to leave this bad year in the past. The only thing that can hold me back is me.
Speaking of me, I’ve decided to dedicate my new year’s resolution to just that. My “new year’s resolution” is to just do what makes me happy - without overthinking it or worrying about anything else.
Among other things, I fell very behind on my passions in 2018. I was unmotivated, uninspired, and my soul suffered because of it. I feel most alive and my happiest when I am writing and creating and learning and exploring. When I don’t take the time to do those things, I end up feeling empty and not like myself.
Therefore, I plan on making that a bigger priority in my life going into 2019. I want to push myself harder because I know what I am capable of and I know I have stories to share with the world.
Starting with writing. I would really love to devote more time and care to my writing next year.
Some goals I have are:
- Finish my novel
- Continue growing and expanding my blog
- Continue freelancing for local magazines to keep my journalism portfolio up to date
In addition to my writing, I want to take more time to focus on self-love/care, and work on not being so hard on myself. I am my own worst critic. I saw a quote the other day that said, “if you wouldn’t say it to a friend or someone you love, don’t say it to yourself.” And I had never really thought about it like that before. People need to give themselves the same care and compassion that they so easily give to those they love.
Lastly, I want to take more time to do things that I enjoy. I want to see more art and read more books and discover new places. Even if that just means taking my computer and finding a nice, quiet nature spot to write.
I hope everyone has a happy, blessed new year. Be safe. 💕 What are your goals for 2019?