The great Abraham Lincoln once said: “You’ll be as happy as you make up your mind to be now.”
It’s a fresh new year. That fresh new canvas for you to paint those three hundred and sixty-five days to come. I was very excited ending 2017. June to December was a movie, and if I said I face no complications, I would definitely be lying to you. But that didn’t stop me or hinder me from seeing the bigger picture and note down where improvements needed to happen.
I do this thing called Mid-Year Resolutions, a project that I share with people who I hold close to me. It consists of speaking those goals, those dreams and those desires into existence. Like my favorite Alex and Ani bracelet says, “what is for you, will not pass you.” The moment your pen meets that paper, your fingers touch your keyboard, you are compiling something to create that clarity and presence and speak it to the universe to create your will. For all those who say that sticks and stones can break your bones, but words don’t. I have never believed that because words are just as powerful. I rather a bone break, than a heartbreak. So speaking positive messages to yourself, to other people, the universe will hear it even when you feel others don’t. So I have made it a tradition to compile these for my friends and loved ones, seal them in a box and deliver it to them every June and December for that needed moment of self-reflection.
I wanted to put this together as a moment of self-reflection for me. In June I set out to be more spontaneous and to let go of those grudges I held on to so deeply. I set out to live life to the fullest and set out to do the things that made me ecstatic and made me feel alive, versus dwelling and worrying so much about other people. I got on a plane (something I haven’t done in over eleven years) to chase love. I learned to stop making excuses and instead start producing results through discipline. As a result for my twenty-fifth birthday, I gave myself the gift of embarking on my journey to live a healthier lifestyle and to stop getting so sick. I began to work towards my dreams through my acceptance into my graduate school program and I have never looked back. I learned to love myself so I can express love more wholeheartedly to those who play such a huge impact in my life.
I heard something in a professional development yesterday and it was: “As long as you are working towards your inner goal and your inner dream, then success is possible.”
I wrote my mid-year resolutions focused on the theme of growth, development, and discipline for the months to come. I look forward to holding myself accountable and seeing if I made my goals/resolutions a reality in June!
I’ll end with my most powerful post to begin 2018 – “and I said to my body softly. ‘I want to be your friend.’ it took a long breath, and then replied, ‘i have been waiting my whole life for this.’” That was my biggest takeaway from 2017. What was yours?