It's the new year. A time when people reevaluate their achievements and setbacks during the past year and plan all the great feats for the upcoming year. You get the optimistic, "I got shit done last year!", the "I didn't do so great the past year, but I'm going to kick ass in the new year!", and then the party pooping "rolling my eyes at all of your new year resolutions" posts come rolling in on our respective social media newfeeds. Whether you're the glass is half full type or staring at your glass with resentment, the new year is here and we all can feel it.
My last year was definitely full of challenges and obstacles, some shared here and some experienced privately between me and my dog, my most trusted confidant. It was the year that I surprised myself while checking off major bucket list goals, but I still didn't achieve all that I had hoped for the year of 2015. I had moments where I looked around awestruck at how luck I am during the past year. I also spent a lot more time than I would like to discuss on the couch half listening to whatever I had chosen on Netflix while also scrolling through my Instagram feed mindlessly.
It sometimes seems that I get so caught up in the great feeling of overcoming a huge challenge that I kind of want to sit in that moment ... then sit... then overstay my welcome... then leave a mold in the shape of my body on the couch. Like resting at the top of a mountain to enjoy the view until you forget about the several miles left to hike and that just staying here forever isn't really an option. Or maybe posting an article that I'm proud of then spending two months trying to think of my newest topic to discuss, but never actually making any progress towards righting that next post.
I did a lot in 2015. I did great things like making my first trip abroad to a country on the opposite side of the world. I made this website and began the process of getting a little more serious about my writing. I decided to work towards life coaching as a career rather than continue in mental health, a job that had it's rewarding moments, but never quite felt right in my heart. I finally became a full time vegetarian and got a lot more exercise outside. I did small things that deepened my love of life and allowed myself to feel into the simple moments where life really isn't that bad and you can feel the sunshine on your skin. The things that don't seem to matter day to day, but seem to have just as big of an impact as the big things.
There were many goals that I set for myself that I pushed off as much as possible. I really wanted to be a lot more serious with this website and to have my coaching business up and running months ago. It's not like I didn't waste enough brain power or time watching every random movie and show I even found moderately amusing. It was just something that scared me so I put it off. I allowed myself to feel proud about other accomplishments, like having a better diet, traveling, and getting into shape. My business goals became like just another unfinished project that I promised I would complete one day, as it sat in the corner collecting dust. I got a little too comfortable watching the sunset on that mountaintop and forgot to continue forward on my journey.
I've never been one to make my new year resolutions public. I can't say that I've ever intentionally made a goal that I promised myself I could conquer during the next year. I do, however, set goals for myself that I hope to accomplish within a given time period. I keep a mental list of what I feel would be good for myself to do in the short or long run to better myself. And I have to admit, it feels damn good when I reach meet goals from time to time.
So, maybe you haven't planned out every single change you want to make in your life for the upcoming year. Or perhaps you've already created a PowerPoint of your new year resolutions for the upcoming year and plan to show it off at your next social gathering, I pass no judgement. One thing I can recommend that we all try in our next year is to use more of that wasted couch time pursuing our goals. Or maybe if we can't think of any goals, just make the decision to do more of what feels right in the upcoming year. Whatever we do, may we take a little less time to move on from that mountaintop. After all, there is still much more journey to be had, many more mountain peaks to take in, and we're starting to grow a little moss.
I'll be posting more about my travels and maybe some tips if anyone is interested in upcoming posts. Look out for some new natural beauty tips, tricks, and recipes coming up in a few. I have an announcement about my business coming very soon too!
I also want to take a moment to just thank everyone that has been a part of my journey over the last year. Whether you have reached out, offered encouragement, a shoulder to cry on, or just have taken the time to read my blog over the past year. I truly love you all and the positivity I have received from others has truly been touching. I wouldn't made it this far without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Best wishes and loving vibes to everyone in the upcoming year. May it be more than we ever dreamed of and if not, let us be kind, gentle, and patient with ourselves during the rougher times.