Happy New Year!
Ever since I was a teenager, I loved the idea of a fresh start to each New Year. Usually, I’d write down a bunch of beautiful goals and then promptly forget about them.
This year, I decided to go back and look through my journals to see what 2016 was all about.
- Everything’s going to be fine. Jeez, Lani. How often do you need to be reminded?
- Sometimes change and risks don’t pay off. Aaaand you get up and try something else.
- Politics suck.
- It’s true, having something to look forward to does make you happier.
- No more ramen before bed.
- Lists of dreams, desires and ‘to dos’ are only useful if you go back and look at them.
- Watching TV shows to decompress, escape, laugh and enjoy a story. It’s okay, yo. Relax.
- Kindness is not random. And this year, attempting to practice more of it.
- I’m such a stress case! Meditation better work – or else…
- I can’t meditate while lying down.
- Stay in touch with your friends, numbnuts, even when you feel yourself sliding down the wall.
- Keeping a journal to record my life is still the best idea-turned-habit. It provides an outlet for head-traffic and I get to write down the good stuff. Win. Win. Win.
- I’m not the morning person I thought I was.
- I’m not as patient as I’d like to be.
- I wrote, ‘life is good’ often in my journal. Remember that.
- I can fly in my dreams.
- A lot of things can be negotiated, like rent, but what’s important to me, my free time, cannot.
- Sometimes you can’t tell who your true friends are going to be right away. And that’s okay. It’s like watching a movie.
- Part of my job, as I see it, is to be grateful. Not in a ‘smiling through the pain way’, but in a ‘don’t be an asshole way’. I hope.
- Ask for help.
- A year goes by fast.
What did you learn in 2016? Are there any journaling/goal setting rituals you do to ring in the New Year?