Twenty Seventeen is here and it’s happening.
As I take a moment to reflect back on 2016 all I can say is it was one big blessing. At the end of 2015 and going into 2016 I was really struggling. But as the beginning of 2016 approached I started to feel better; and with the help of a very supportive best friend and family, I was facing things in my life I had previously brushed aside. I stopped coping and starting acknowledging, processing, accepting, and moving on. I took on the mantra to “see opportunity not opposition“. It was exactly the mantra I needed in my life at that point and it truly guided me.
I started 2016 off taking art classes at my local rec center. I took a photography class, an editing course online and jumped into learning more about interior design, graphic design, and typography. I started my own lil’ watercolor business and started selling my prints at Snowbird Ski Resort.
I traveled to eight different countries in South East Asia with one of my best friends Rachael. I like to think that was a huge moment where I saw an opportunity and took it. Opposition was heavy with that one with logistics, finances, visas, etc. It felt like all the odds were stacked against us. But, we made it happen and we had the best freaking time of our lives.
I took advantage of a lot of opportunities that came my way – embracing my personal creativity and with traveling. I even created opportunities for myself. But I’ll admit, by the end of 2016 I started to feel like a “yes woman”. And with falling in love with the love of my life I realized something – by taking advantage of one opportunity oft-times other opportunities are neglected or no longer available to you.
Kyston Tongawhiti Warwick Manuirirangi (ya…. I’ve been practicing his name for a year now and am finally starting to get it down haha), came into my life and is the real reason 2016 ended up being one big fat blessing. He inspired me to refocus my life on what was truly important. I realized I, in a way, had lost focus on the things that truly speak to me – the gospel, yoga, healthy living, creativity, relationships. I had been spreading myself thin by saying yes to every opportunity that I didn’t have the time to invest in these areas.
So when the clock struck midnight and it was officially 2017 I knew what this year’s mantra would be.
Do more of what you love.
My 2017 focus is to refocus on what I love and do more of that. I love the gospel and want to be more diligent in my scripture study and temple attendance. I love yoga and want to recommit myself to an everyday practice. I love living a healthy lifestyle and want to shed the sweet tooth I’ve developed. I love expressing my personal creativity and want to stop limiting myself. I love my family and friends and want to be better at showing them how important they are to me.
So here’s to doing more of the things you love and more of what makes you happy. 2017, you are going to be a big year. And I am excited because it is going to be one big year full of spiritual moments, sweaty yoga classes, time spent cooking in the kitchen, more art museums and books, and tons more laughter and love with those that matter most.