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Looking Forward


Hello January!  Hello 2016!  Hello annual fresh start!

I know it’s cliche, but I like the idea of a fresh start at the first of the year and a second chance at that fresh start again on my birthday.  Sure, every day is a good day for a fresh start, but there is something monumental about the start of a new year.  It’s brand new!  Not just another Thursday in the middle of some random month at some random time of the year.  Sure, that is an incredibly fine time for a fresh start if you need to quit doing crack or to really take back your life or make a much needed change.  I am so for daily opportunities for betterment.  What I specifically like about the the first day of a new year is the idea that you get to map out what you hope for the year, the person you want to be, the person you want to become and you get to look at that as a whole, like a wall map of the world.  The same happens on my birthday.  I am one year older.  For this what ever-th year of my life, this is who I want to be.  Luckily for me, my birthday is in July so every 6 months I get to rethink my objectives a little.

Last year was the first time that I didn’t write resolutions.  Instead I wrote my list of 100 things I would like to accomplish in 2015.  Huh.  That was a new concept for me.  Not this huge, unattainable idea of who I wanted to become via total overhaul of self, but instead a list of hopes, dreams, goals, and wishes I wanted to bring life to and taste the fruit of the accomplishment.  Sure some were a little cheesy and others completely out there, but I look back at what I did accomplish and it brings a smile to my face.  Wow.  I said what I wanted to do, specifically, and look what I did!

This year, I am once again making my list of 100 things I would like to accomplish in 2016.  To my surprise, I was at number 41 within half a day.  Last year it took me four months to finally complete the list.  As of today, I am on number 72.  Maybe this list taught me more about evolving as a person than those old resolutions ever did.  To list 41 hopes, dreams, goals, and wishes in half of a day is proof that I have evolved.  That I have finally found something to dream for.  To hope for.  To reach for.  That void of not having any hopes and dreams is finally starting to disappear.  I’m excited to push myself for these last 28 items to really see how big my dreams can get.




2 thoughts on “Looking Forward

  1. I like the idea of a fresh start, too. I am usually planning and scheming most of the year, but the new year (and our birthdays!) do provide somewhat of a blank slate.

    I am contemplating making a list like you… I think it’s an awesome idea to keep you on track and see what you accomplish! Happy new year, friend… I hope it’s wonderful and kind to you.


    1. Do it! It’s pretty amazing to not only come up with stuff to accomplish but to actually see those accomplishments achieved. That’s my New Years challenge for you!! Happy new year to you too friend. I am blessed to know you!!


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