As the end of the year comes to a close, my mind begins to reflect on the events that the past year has brought and dream about what the year 2017 holds for me. I love to make New Year’s resolutions! They’re not the typical “Loose weight” or “Find my soulmate” resolutions, though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. I like my New Year’s resolutions to be simple, yet also challenge me and cause me to grow as a human being; I always want to be changing into a better version of myself.
One year, my New Year’s resolution was to “Say yes to new things”, meaning try things that I’d maybe normally not do because they were a bit out of my comfort zone. I’d become quite accustomed to doing what was comfortable and I didn’t like it! Those next few years, I moved to London, started my Pebble & Pearl Instagram, then later my blog, I joined a Crossfit gym, camped on the beach for my birthday, started rock climbing, braved the world of online dating, went swing dancing, started drinking my whiskey neat, checked many things off of my bucket list, and lots of other adventures. Who says that you can’t use the same New Year’s resolution for a couple of years? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a pretty adventurous person normally, but my resolution helped me make a conscious effort step out of my comfort zone.
This year, I felt that it was time to make another resolution. My New Year’s resolution for 2017 is that every day, I will verbally affirm a person that crosses my path or comes into my thoughts. It could either be a friend or a stranger, in person or via social media. Why did I decide to do this particular thing you might ask? Well, I tend to get tunnel vision when I’m going about my day. I stay focused on whatever task is at hand and forget about the people and world around me. I want to be better at being present in the moment and aware of what’s going on around me.
Words of affirmation are such a big deal to me. I don’t know if you have heard of the book “The Five Love Languages” (you should look it up). Words mean so much to me! I save birthday cards, notes, voicemails, and I remember kind words that friends and strangers said years ago. I love this quote by Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” It’s been proven true in my own life, so I know that others are sure to have experienced the same. I want to be part of bringing joy to someone’s day and encouraging others! I want to do my part to leave a positive mark on someone’s life and I’m choosing to do that through the words that I speak.
Thank you all for being part of this exciting journey I’m on. I can’t wait to see what 2017 holds!
Happy New Year,
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