I don’t like to make resolutions. I know you probably hear and see a hundred other people who say that same thing, yet proceed to tell you their resolutions… I’m just not one for making a resolution and sticking to it, and I guess that’s why I have a problem with the word “resolution”. I don’t want to resolve something, I want to pursue something.
I feel like as every year comes to an end, we tend to think of all the bad that’s happened in the previous year. Unfortunately, negativity is emphasized and easier to obtain than positivity is. We tend to ride with the status quo of “I’m so glad ____ is over!” and “I sure hope ____ is a better year!” but we say that every single year. Like, let’s get over ourselves people.
It really isn’t so hard to think of a New Year in a positive mindset. To look back on a time and think, “hey, this was actually good.” So my word to you and all who are reading this, would be to reflect on 2017 (in another 364 days) on how great it was. Reflect on how much you grew, how much you experienced and how much you learned. Even if you’ve encountered a series of unfortunate events, try your hardest to look at everything as a lesson, a blessing or a reason.
Before I get into sharing my so-called “resolutions” for 2017, I came up with the idea of sharing the things I accomplished or “pursued” in 2016 first. You guys know me – I’m always in hope of spreading optimism.
- I made the man of my dreams the man of my reality.
- I had my hair cut – (if you knew me before, you know how beloved my long hair was… cutting it off was a huge turning point in who I am).
- I created this blog! Laura The Leo is my pride and joy – my baby. I’ve already, in only 8 months, have put so much time, effort and love into this blog. I am so thankful to have this as a creative outlet and to share my life with whoever cares to read.
- I voted for the first time. (This is my way of shining the election in a not-so-dreadful fashion)
- I learned so much about my own personal ethics and values. (Read: Find Your Values)
- I tried anti-gravity yoga for the first time
- I got 3 new tattoos (not including the few on my fingers).
- I watched my baby sister turn 2
- I celebrated my one year anniversary with LUSH!
- I meditated more and became more in touch with my subconscious mind
- I learned so much about astrology, my sign, others and the psychology behind it all
- I found what I love to do – communication, connection, social media.
- I moved out of an unhealthy living environment.
- I got rid, or acknowledged any toxic friendships.
I didn’t have any big milestones or major events this year, but I do feel like every little experience is one accent towards the big picture. Who I am, what I’m doing…
Here’s a brief list of the things I aspire to do or accomplish in 2017. Some of them are new, some are old, some are unique to my individuality and some are mainstream. Either way, the New Year always brings me a sense of rebirth and a clean slate – as if my life runs on time spans of 365 days and I get to start new every cycle. (Obviously I’m more aware than to really believe that, but it seems to be the ritual).
- Do more yoga
- Drink more water
- Smoke joints instead of pipes
- Stop looking at my phone while driving
- Budget, make more money, save more money
- Teach myself how to read tarot cards – maintain (at least) once a week reading
- Get a reiki treatment
- Visit a medium (before the reiki)
- Feature poetry on my Instagram feed
- Paint a few times a month – using colors and mood boards of how I feel that week
- Get approved for a credit card
- Stretch daily
- Get my sun and/or lion pieces tattooed
- Complete my wreck it journal
- Get a bookshelf, or organize books
- Create a filing system for paperwork
- Collect records
- Listen more, and better
- Go on 3 road trips of some sort
No matter where your journeys of 2017 bring you, make sure you exert your best self. If you do something, do it 100%. Half effort is a cheat of life. Enjoy, pursue and aspire. Be at peace. Be in love. Be in feelings and emotions and be connected to those around you. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable, it’s the only way to grow.
And 2017, please be good to us all.