Happy new year!!
I love every new year because it provides a chance for us to all reflect and make resolutions for the
upcoming 12 months. Personally, I’m always finding ways I can do better and be better, not only when January 1st comes around, but all year long.
As 2015 came to a close, I could not have been more ready to say goodbye. 2013 and 2014 were such trying years for me that it made 2015 look like a cake walk – except for the last 2 weeks of it, but that’s the way it goes, I guess.
Last year my resolution was to find my happiness and to rid myself of any negativity.
Well, it’s a new year and I’m not going to feed you the “new year, new me” bullshit.
I am the same me – just a better version of who I was 365 days ago.
For 2016, I’m taking a note out of Shonda Rhimes’ book and saying YES to every thing that scares me. I’ve lived so much of my life in fear and I’m honestly over it. Gone are the days I care about what anyone thinks or the days I let fear stand in my way of getting anything and everything I want.
No risk, no reward. Plain and simple.
This year I’m also going to ask for what I want in my personal life. Speaking up for myself within my interpersonal relationships has always been hard for me, as I tend to compromise my wants and needs in order to make everyone around me happy. No one should do that. Your happiness is as important as anyone else’s. YOU come first. You can’t be an amazing friend, relative, employee/employer, or significant other if you’re always sacrificing yourself. When I’m happy, the relationships around me flourish (and funny enough, so does my business).
I’ve learned that even if it hurts you, you have to value yourself the way you value those around you and not be afraid to say what your wants or needs are. You’ll never receive what you want if you don’t ask. This applies to business too. That raise you’ve been wanting? Ask. What’s the worst that can happen? You don’t get it. You will be in the same place you were prior to asking and that’s okay!
2015 was filled with a lot of amazing moments, travels, trials and tribulations. I’m better for going through everything that was thrown my way and I learned how strong I really am. I also learned how to love more, how to show my vulnerability and how to practice being patient.
I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for all of you!
What were some of your biggest lessons of 2015? What are your resolutions for 2016? Post below and let’s get social!