We are a few days into the new year and honestly I am feeling mixed emotions. I feel a combination of anxiousness, excitement, and joy. 2017 taught me a lot. What I think it taught me the most was the people around you really matter and never take anyone for granted. I am a firm believer that we can learn from anyone or anything no matter the age or position someone is in. 2017 really tested me but if it weren’t for the people around me to keep me grounded I would be on a whole different path than I am now. So I entered 2018 with the word: refinement in mind.
What refining looks like for me is simplifying the excess noise or energy that shouldn’t have any place in my life that way more constructive energy can takes its place. This means that I am reclaiming the time I devoted to things that weren’t helping me in anyway.
I am refining the ways in which I react to situations around me, my professional self, my personal self, and beyond.
I don’t believe in resolutions. I think depending on the context and circumstances your prioritizes and goals may adapt. I swear if I hear “New Year New Me” one more time I will scream. Your goals should reflect or grow in addition to the ones you set last year. I do most things in 3’s so I’ve set monthly goals to help simplify my achievements. Some things may not get accomplished but ya girl is bound to hustle to make sure those 3 major things will. You may say 3 isn’t enough and that’s awesome. Great for you over achiever. For me, the best way I can push myself is to find goals that will take more than 30 days to accomplish but will prepare me for the future months. The goals I have set in place reflect the professional, personal, and wellness side of me. This creates a balance for me which I am more than comfortable with.
I took the time during the holidays to figure out what my next steps were. I left North Carolina with a lot on my mind and some of the emotions and anxiety carried with me here but I was able to see it objectively. This much needed vacation was exactly what I needed to push me towards the mindset I’ve adopted. It took a few thousand miles of distance for me to gain some clarity.
I am coming back recharged, refined, and ready to refocus. (Don’t you love alliteration?)
If you made it this far. Thank you 🙂 I am so excited to come out with more and more content and be in this creative space again. I have so many things I am working on to share.
Here’s to 2018!