Starting Anew

Happy New Year, my loves!

We’re two days in and I am so excited about this new year. It warms my heart to hear and read about how many other people are too! I saw a text post online that said,” 2015 definitely had a part one and a part two.” I couldn’t agree more with this statement. The first half of 2015 was the best time of my entire life thus far as I spent a semester abroad in London. I believed my summer and fall semester would follow suit. It’s not that positive things did not happen, but it was definitely more challenging and, frankly, exhausting. Still, the events of last year have made me feel that it was overall a preparation year for what’s to come in 2016.

One thing I said I would for sure leave in the past year is fear. I learned last semester in my stress management class that worries are not equivalent to fears. Fears are usually debilitating, keeping you from actually doing something. I had an epiphany in April of 2015 that I briefly wrote about in one of my posts where I realized I had a genuine fear of living my own life: fear of uncertainty, fear of others’ opinions and perceptions, fear of making mistakes. I managed to take more control of this from that moment and have since made some monumental changes in my life professionally, socially and mentally. So while I have a list of goals I’d like to accomplish for this new year, the driving force behind these goals is to continue living without fear.

I’m glad I was able to close 2015 on a positive note. I’m grateful for all of the people still in my life and thankful for all of the lessons I’ve learned thus far. Looking forward to a new year with more growth and amazing memories! đŸ™‚

Maybe you have to let go of who you were to become who you will be
– Carrie Bradshaw

What are some of your New Year’s resolutions?

Author’s Note: I do not own the rights to the photo used for the featured image of this post. The artist’s work can be found here.

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