I am welcoming 2017 with open arms. 2016 wasn’t a bad year, but it definitely had its peaks and plateaus. I lost some friendships I cared deeply about, I strengthened some I already had, and I gained some new ones that will hopefully last. It’s hard to keep a positive mindset when you have lost something you thought would last forever, but it is necessary to do that to move forward. I always have faith in the saying that what is meant to be will happen, no matter how hard the loss was or how long it may take to recover. Rather than dwell on the negatives of 2016, I want to focus on some of the positives as well. I started my dream job at ONEHOPE Wine, a wine company whose mission is to give back through donations to various causes. This keeps me grounded, thankful, and extremely happy that I am able to commit to a cause greater than myself. I also moved to LA from SF this year, putting everything I’ve known behind to pursue a life that I wanted to live. While in LA, I adopted my sweet kitty, Penny, who has brought more joy into my life than I would have ever thought. My blog grew exponentially and I had more partnerships than ever. My cousin got married and my parents retired and bought a new home. I got first ever apartment by myself. So, some really great things happened this year, too.
This leads me into some of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. This is a hard year to plan for, since I have no idea where I am headed next. In previous years, I’ve always had a plan for what I want to do or where I want to go. But, for the first time, I am happy where I am. LA doesn’t feel like home yet, and I’m not sure it ever will (since Colorado will always be my home), but I am willing to give it a shot. Read on to see my full list of resolutions.
New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Be More Mindful: This goes for everything from eating to working. In everyday tasks, there are small ways to be more mindful. When you eat a meal, think of all the work that was put into preparing the meal. When working, take time to meditate and be present where you are at the moment. Do more yoga. (FYI- I am telling myself these things, not telling you what to do lol).
2. Embrace Being Alone: This is something that I never had a hard time with as a kid since I was an only child, but as I grew up, I found that I really like being in the presence of other people. I thrive off the positive energy of others, so being alone is difficult sometimes for me (although sometimes I do really enjoy my alone time and in fact NEED it). But, I haven’t ever lived alone, so this is a learning experience for me. I hope to embrace it and be able to look inside myself and reflect on myself. It can be a very positive thing, but sometimes it is hard for me to really sit down and do this.
3. Grow Creatively: In the blogging world, it is really hard to stand out. Sometimes I feel like I am taking the easy way out by just shooting what I need to for the weekend and calling it quits. I want to make others feel something, and be more creative in ways I do that. Someone who I think does this fantastically is Sonya Esman. Without saying a word, she is able to portray so many emotions. Art in itself is hard to create, but I want others to feel like they are gaining something, whether realistic or emotional by following me.
4. Be More Active: Since I moved to LA, I haven’t had enough time to workout. From moving (twice!) to a new job, I just haven’t been as active as I had been in SF. This one is plain and simple. WORK OUT.
5. Take Time for Yourself and Others: I mentioned that in 2016, a lot of opportunities presented themselves for my blog. While this was incredible, I also got wrapped up so much in my blog that I neglected things that really matter me, spending time (unconnected, social media free) with the people I love. I lost some people I cared truly about because of this, so I hope to be more present in 2017 and schedule time to go social media free (hard when both of your jobs require you to be present 24/7 on social media)! But too much is too much.
6. Work Smarter, Not Harder: This goes hand in hand with what I mentioned above. In order to avoid burnout, I need to work smarter not harder. It doesn’t matter how many posts I put out a week, it is the quality of them and the amount of traffic they drive to my blog. I don’t have to shoot every weekend (well, that’s a lie)… But I need to make sure the content I put out is of the highest quality.
7. Meet Others: New city, new friends. I hope to make some more good ones in 2017. A few are already in the works, you know who you are 🙂
What are your New Year’s Resolutions? I hope to hear from all of you in the New Year.
Here’s to 2017, it’s a New Year <3