As the final hours of 2017 go by, I can’t help but look back on my life this past year; where I was at the beginning of the year, and where I’m at now, by the end of it.
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Am I the only one who when New Years Eve rolls around, the entire day I feel sort of nervous and anxious? It’s the last official holiday of the year where one would think you’re surrounded by family, eating, drinking, and having a great time as the anticipation of the New Year comes minute by minute. But personally, it just always makes me anxious. I’m not really sure why, I don’t know if it has to do with maybe because I feel like I didn’t accomplish much with my life throughout the year or as much as I thought I would, or maybe because I just don’t always share my excitement as everyone else does for the start of a new year.
The end of the year is always seen as a sort of time for reflection. Reflection of the entire year you had, whether good or bad; did you accomplish everything you said you wanted to be able to accomplish? Did you feel like you’ve gotten to a place that’s further and/or better than the place you were at a year ago? Etc.
Personally, I can say that all in all I must admit, that although there was quite a few lows, there were also several highs. I made another official year with my lovely boyfriend (making it a total of 3 thus far), I graduated Purchase College with my Bachelors Degree in the Arts specifically focusing on Journalism (while also realizing what it is I really want to do with my life, which is be an author and write books), and finally landing my first official job right out of college (to name a few).
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One thing in particular though that weighs on my mind heavy, more so than anything else today is: Resolutions. Why is it when the New Year rolls around people always feel inclined to not only make resolutions, but to also publicize it to the world? It’s almost as if, if they don’t, their resolutions won’t come true or happen. If you look up resolutions on google, their will be hundreds upon thousands of pages worth of recommendations for the “perfect” resolution, and/or how to be sure to accomplish and/or make your resolution happen, which is so weird to think about because how would someone writing an article know what exactly will help ME accomplish my resolution? Or what my “perfect” resolution is at that.
Resolutions in general have always seemed so cheesy to me. I mean, I get the overall concept, but why does it have to only be one or 2 specific things that you want to accomplish throughout the year? I’m all for setting goals, but I’m not going to wait until one particular day in the year to make these goals known. I’m also not going to make it known to the whole world what these goals are, because in case they don’t end up happening, not many people knew about them from the beginning.
They’re YOUR ambitions and goals for the upcoming year(s), not everyone needs to know what your next planned moves are going to be.
Move in silence so when they see you, they wonder when, where and how you’re making it. You have to remember your blessings and accomplishments aren’t for everyone, that includes some people that you may consider “close” to you.
People need to focus less on picking what the “perfect” resolutions for themselves might be, and bragging about what these resolutions are on social media, and focus more on actually trying to achieve these things that they want to, and any other goals they may have.
Similarly, don’t just limit yourself to one or two things that you want to do, make a list of all the goals you have and want to accomplish throughout the year and work from that. A new year means a new beginning and getting the opportunity to have a fresh start. And no I don’t mean “new year, new me”; more like new year, same me, new goals and figuring out new ways to achieve them.
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I don’t know about anyone else, but I have a REALLY good feeling about 2018. I really don’t know what it is, but something is telling me that it’s going to be a great year.
With that said, I want to wish all of my family, friends, and fellow followers a very happy and prosperous New Year. May this upcoming year present you with amazing blessings and opportunities and allow you to do things that you have never been able to do before. This is going to be the year of self-growth for everyone, one way or another, but it’s up to you to make it in a positive or negative way.
Cheers to 2018! Have a great night and stay safe tonight everyone!
-Xoxo Leo Girl ❤