January Promises New Beginnings

If 2017 fell short of amazing for you, find comfort in knowing you aren’t alone. As much as I love the New Year, and all its festivities, it’s boils down to a night celebration for me. Every 365 days people get excited to “start over” and make new resolutions.  Although I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions, every year I get conned into making at least one. Last year I decided I wouldn’t start any new painting, only finish ones that needed to be completed. This limited me exponentially. Whenever I was inspired to paint something new, I wouldn’t. I learned a lot in 2017, and it was particularly rough year for me. By early November, I was ready to put the pedal to the metal and leave 2017 in my rear-view mirror. Like most, I was eager to let it be called the past, and clung tight to January’s promise for new beginnings.

So here we are 6% done with the new year, and January nearly over. Has it lived up to everything promised? Quite honestly, for myself, yes. 2018 has been awesome. In this new year, there has been no rules, just guidelines in hopes for exciting opportunities and new experiences. Unofficially these ten goals have helped me adopt new strategies to achieve happiness in 2018.

  1. Meet new people (1,000 people a year = 2.74 a day) doable!
  2. Travel to 3.5 countries, Spain in March (Ireland, Brazil next?)
  3. Make 3 new friends
  4. Give and take zero F.U.C.K.S. (theme of 2018)

    F: fears due to peer pressure
    U: unaccepted responsibility for others
    C: cares about what others may think or say
    K: kind words I don’t genuinely mean or euphemisms
    S: self-inflicted judgements caused by conditioning 
  5. Wear more hats (at least 3 a week, Why?!? …because I love hats!)
  6. Go to the beach 30 days consecutively (I live in Hawaii, how hard can it be 😉 )
  7. Smile everyday
  8. Listen to my intuition (In previous years I’ve dropped the ball on this one)
  9. Be the friend I desire
  10. Laugh and learn from my mistakes

Every year that passes brings new lessons and challenges. Sure 2017 may have broken our banks and crushed our hearts, but we made it this far. We may lose the people we love, miss the experiences we had, and dream about the things money could buy, but quite truthfully, we all have so much to be grateful for. If you’re reading this, you have access to the internet, and you can read! In 2016, 4 billion people were still living without internet access. With 285 million people visually impaired, and 781 million illiterate adults on Earth, I think anyone reading this has at least a few things to be grateful for.

Don’t let expectations get you down, and always find something that fills your heart with gratitude. Remember, you can start over today, and any day till December 31st, you don’t need the New Year’s blessing. Don’t fall into the same mentality as previous years, find something new and refreshing about your life in 2018!