Photography by Mike Cailowicz
For me, it was the year of gratitude and passion.
For gratitude, that meant recognizing every morning what I was thankful for. Whether a special person, a certain achievement, or the simple luxury of living another day, I forced myself to find gratitude. I also focused on my intentions. What did I want from the day? The year? My job? My blog? My relationships? Most of all, this year was about rewiring my brain to practice positive thinking, even in the most trying of times. I could write an entire post on how gratitude has changed my life over the last twelve months. In fact, I think I will. Stay tuned!
Without gratitude, I wouldn’t have my true passion — this blog. I never knew I could feel so much love and devotion towards something so intangible. At the start of 2016, the blog was only a few months old. I knew that I wanted to submerge myself in my passion (along with my full-time job), and to do that, it would require some sacrifice. So for the last twelve months, I’ve traded my early morning walks with friends for photoshoots, I’ve traded weeknight tv shows for the computer screen, and have now traded a few brown hairs for some (gulp) white ones. With all that said, nothing can replace the thrill of chasing a dream.
After a year of focusing on my mental wellbeing, I’m dedicating this year to my physical self. This is the #1 thing impacted by 2016’s lack of work-life balance. I know, I know — I just said that my passion is worth it all. But in reality, there’s a lot that I can be doing to work smarter, not harder towards my career goals. In turn, leaving room for healthier choices in my spare time like more trips to the gym and more sleep…definitely more sleep. This means having a dedicated schedule for working on the blog, which means no more agonizing over every post, which means feeling okay when things aren’t perfect. I’m working on it. 🙂
So cheers to a brand new year, healthier choices, and a whole lot of gratitude! I would love to hear your 2016 reflection and 2017 goals! Leave a comment below or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy New Year, everyone!
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