Happy New Year gorgeous!
People have all posted and wrote their resolutions for this year. I loved New Years Eve because everyone got dressed up, popped champagne, wore bright colored lipsticks, hugged those close to them, and possibly shared their first kiss of the new year when the clock stroked midnight. M A G I C A L.
My evening was spent with my sister and some of her sweet friends. We got dressed up, made our favorite moscow mules, threw way too much confetti, watched the ball drop, and cheered to what has been and what’s to come!
My resolutions for the year are characteristics that I want to strive for every day. These qualities I believe will help me in my day to day life as I continue to grow as an individual.
Strength | Happiness | Joy | Determination
As you can see, I did not choose resolutions that started with “I will”. Let me tell you why.
Although I did not get the chance to have my first kiss at midnight with Nick, from across the country I got to talk with him about what we envision for these next 365 days.
This is a huge year for him, my family, and me, a year of change. With that being said, he told me that life doesn’t have a title, hence why I am talking with you today.
I strive to enjoy the stages of life. High school, College, soon to be post grad life, etc. They each play an important role in life, but sometimes there isn’t always a chronological path.
| Determined |
We can’t always label that this year ” I will do this.” I chose to use the term determination because I am determined to turn my passions into a career. This time two years ago, I never imagined I would be doing what I am doing; therefore, I have to idea what the title of this year would be so I am choosing not to label it. Not knowing can be exciting! Allow room for growth and change. Not everything will happen as we see fit.
| Joy |
If we always knew what was ahead, how can we get excited about a surprise or new path in our new year? I chose joy because since there isn’t an exact label for what’s to come, I believe joy with my present circumstances will get me through any situation I don’t see coming.
“When you choose joy you feel good and when you feel good, you do good and when you do good, it reminds others of what joy feel like and it just might inspire them to do the same.”
| Strength |
Speaking of feeling good, I chose strength because I didn’t want to choose the resolutions to lose weight, gain weight, be healthy, thin, etc. Nope, I want to be strong whether that means eating pasta every night or trying new fitness classes with friends.
I don’t want to label myself. I might be seen as a blonde blogger who loves photography, but I am more than that. I want strength to embody my year as I try not to shape it into what I see, but rather expand it to see what I am capable of in this world.
| Happiness |
Labels and titles can be comfortable. We can find comfort in deciding okay this is who I am and this is who I will be. What if that changes? Will you be happy with who you are?
Happiness is a very generic term that can be used in hundreds of different ways because everyone has a different definition of what makes them the happiest.
“Stop looking for happiness in the same place you lost it.”
Wow. This quote hit home for me because what if we looked back on our old new years resolutions and noticed some that didn’t work out. Are you going to go back and do the same thing over again this New Year? No! You are going to rip off that label and start again some place different.
” I don’t want my entire life crammed into one single word.”
Don’t look at your new year with one word. Find multiple qualities that you want to embody so that your year will shape you and your life into what it’s meant to become, purely spectacular.
See you this year beautiful.