It is no lie 2016 was rough for me, it seems like it was for everyone involved, but the best part of that sentence is the fact that we can use was because it is over! I have never been one to be super excited for something to end, but when we entered 2017 I felt a massive weight off of my shoulders, finally my metaphorical slate was clean and I could open 2017’s door to healing and happiness. I do have high hopes for 2017, I feel that through a lot of the turmoil of the past year I had the opportunity to learn a lot of really hard lessons about myself, some of which I am still getting comfortable in.
I want to set a few goals for myself for this year. Just some benchmark things to remind myself of the person I want to be and the life I want to lead.
I want to drink more water.
I want to travel more. I always rely on my family to make my traveling plans, and while I don’t want that to end (ever, if we’re being honest) I do want to take some of my wanderlust into my own hands this year.
I want to grow my blog. I have realized this blog is something that gets me really excited and inspires me to work hard and anything that does that deserves a solid spot in my life.
I want to find a Christ-centered group for myself. I’ve definitely shied away from my vocal-ness on my relationship with God, and I think that’s simply because I do not have a strong Christ filled base anymore and that is something I, personally, believe I need.
And finally, I think this is the big one, I want to treat myself with more kindness. I have given myself unrealistic expectations and have had a heavy hand when it comes to self-blame. I want to offer myself more forgiveness and give myself wiggle room with the plans I have for my life.
I am praying for 2017 to be a better year for the world, and all my friends and family. We need to aim ourselves toward love and kindness, starting with ourselves and exploding outward. I am excited, I am ready for change and growth.