It’s a brand new year! I’m so excited about all the possibilities that 2016 brings with it and I just don’t even know where to look first. The first few days of a New Year feel full of endless possibilities, so much can happen!
But soon after I get to thinking about how nothing happens without hard work, you need to have plans and goals and you need to make it happen for yourself. That’s where I always get overwhelmed because were do I even start?
So this week I’m going to get to work on making some goals. This always shakes my nerves a little bit because goals mean decisions, and decisions mean commitment and to be honest that freaks the hell out of me. But no one ever moved forward for being too scared to commit, so maybe that is going to be my big challenge for the coming year – learn to commit, to have faith in myself and really invest my energy 100% in my goals.
2015 felt like a good year but a tough year. The end was great but the beginning and middle felt like a really awful battle between my head and my heart. I felt like I had a lot to deal with from both and neither could agree. It was like being in the middle of a custody battle for control over my life and it was a long summer of self-doubt and criticism, but I really think that coming out the other side of that I am a stronger, happier person.
And it had some great highlights! They year ended in the best way possible when I found out some of my photos were featured on the Guardian! But all throughout I had some amazing travel experiences: Iceland, India (twice), Pakistan, Morocco (more on that to come), Hawaii, Italy, Canada and Paris. Adam and I had a pretty wonderful first year of being married. Friends had babies, got married, got engaged. I designed my own website and redesigned my blog. I became a photographer as my actual job! Lots of good memories made.
I have such a good feeling about 2016 though, and I just can't shake it. I don't know what's coming but I know that it's going to be amazing. On January first I didn't have any resolutions in mind, but I did have some ideas that I wanted to bring into the new year with me, so I just wrote down some words like simplicity, intuition and be present - these are just a few things that I want to work on in the coming year. But above anything, happiness is the ultimate goal and anything that serves that will always be a priority.
My other to-do list resolutions I'll probably keep to myself. They're business related, relationship related, blog related, that sort of thing. I'm a big believer in actions over words - do something first and tell the world about it through the change that you make. Sometimes I think the minute you say it out loud, the pressure of having to accomplish it becomes too much and the momentum goes. I've got some big goals though, so wish me luck!
What are your thoughts on the New Year, have you made any plans?
Oh and to kick off the New Year and maintain this awesome feeling of endless possibilities, I bought myself a pair of super comfy on sale yoga pants and started yoga camp yesterday, which is completely free! If you want to start yoga-ing, now is such a good time!