This is a post I’ve been meaning to write since the start of the new year. For 2015, I didn’t make any goals. Instead I chose a governing value I wanted to incorporate into my life more. You can read all about that here.
For the record, I completely recognize this post is long over due. But I’m a firm believer it’s never too late to resolve to make a change. Plus wasn’t it just the Chinese New Year last week or something?
With the arrival of 2016 I’ve thought quite a bit about what type of “resolution” I wanted to set this year. It took me a bit to decide what I wanted to focus on for the year and finally one day at work it just sorta hit me.
I think I struggled to decide because last year I really nailed it on the head. I strove to be more courageous in life and not settle with being comfortable. Looking back on 2015 I can truly say I did this. I traveled the world, moved and took a new job in a city where I knew no one. Went out of my comfort zone and made new friends, moved once again and took up a new job in a completely new career field I knew nothing about. If anything for the first time in my life I took a chance on actually listening to and following my heart. I believe that’s a very courageous thing for anyone to do.
With 2016 I knew whatever “resolution” I set needed to come naturally, and like I said one day it just hit me.
To see opportunity, not opposition.
So many people look at something and see all the reasons why they shouldn’t pursue it. I’ve been a victim of this mentality before too. Here’s a quick example for you all to further explain what I’m getting at. In the past I’ve never embraced my personal creativity to its fullest. Over and over again I’ve told myself my artistic skills were sub-par to the talented artists I listed in my head. I saw opposition. I saw reasons not to develop a hobby instead of motivation. This is just a small example of many ways I’ve been holding back in life.
I’ve had a few heart to heart conversations with Madie about this topic – seeing opportunity and not opposition. We’ll chat about our future goals and tbh, most would say they are a bit far fetched. But the phrase that pops up every time in every conversation is “why not us?!”
If there is one thing my parents taught me it’s that success, or whatever you aspire for in this life, is not reserved for the elite. It is there for the taking for anyone who is willing to put in the hard work and heart. So why not you?
So here’s to 2016 and to taking more chances. To traveling and creating. To doing things just because and disregarding perceived restrictions. And to seeing opportunity and never opposition.
2016, I am indeed excited you have arrived.
P.S. Just so you know, last week I signed up for an art class with the city. Embracing personal creativity y’all.
P.S.S. I just sorta tacked this photo onto this post. It’s a picture of Madie, Rachael and I at Lil Jon’s birthday party during the Sundance Film Festival at Park City, UT. In a way I feel like it is very fitting – because 2016 is also about being just a bit more wild and reckless but with direction.