It’s 2018 already?! How on earth did 2017 go by so quickly. Seriously, that was a blur!
As with any New Year, many of us are reminded to reflect on the past year and set resolutions for the next. Get ready for the BEST. YEAR. EVER. That’s the cue to throw confetti and bust out your best dance moves. Okay, maybe it will be your fave year and your dance moves are stellar, but just a second. I’ve always been game for the reflection part, but to be honest, I haven’t made a New Years resolution since as long as I can remember. You know why? Because I feel like resolutions are almost meant to be broken. Maybe I’m pessimistic, but hear me out. More often than not, people make these hard to attain goals and by the end of January, they’ve already forgotten or they get hard on themselves for not seeing the results they wanted. Go to the gym; lose weight; eat healthy. All very positive goals. But a whole year is a long time – that’s 365 days! And then, before you know it, the following year the same resolutions are made. It’s like a broken record with the same outcome – how crummy is that! If you’re the rare resolution maker that actually accomplishes things this way, then I humbly applaud you.
It’s not that I’m against goal setting in the slightest, it’s the notion of reinventing yourself – the “new year, new me” – that troubles me. Why are we pressured to reinvent ourselves every year?
That being said, reflecting on the past year is a healthy way to check in. What made me happy? What times were tough? What did I not enjoy? This way, I can take what I learned and plan more time on the things that make me happy. That’s my intention – to make room for happiness.
Reflection – 2017
2017 was a big year for me. I focused on health, self love and finding my creativity. 2016 had left me feeling broken, depressed and anxious – with the last few months in a new country too. All in all, I accomplished a lot emotionally in 2017.
- I started sewing clothes – making me feel empowered.
- I practiced yoga regularly – helping me connect to community.
- I stopped buying new clothes – making me feel accountable.
- I taught a couple of wreath craft classes – facing my fears of imposter syndrome.
- I listened to my body and granted myself forgiveness – paving a path of self love.
- I enrolled in a fashion pattern making program – pursuing my creativity.
Intention – 2018
Looking forward, continuing on this path of self awareness is so important. I know that every single day may not be a great one. There’s bound to be some pretty lame days. Heck, 2017 had its fair share. Finding contentment in the journey, spending time on things I love and sometimes doing something scary to keep fear in check is what it’s all about. These all embody happiness and can help grow a fulfilling life.
My intentions in 2018: continue my emotional progress and build on my creativity.
My intentions are not to reinvent the wheel, but rather to highlight the aspects that already brought happiness and make room for them. It’s a “new year, same me” kind of thing. Here are some ways I plan to put these into action:
- continue going to yoga every week
- nurture my friendships
- continue pattern making school
- grow my sewing craft into more than just a hobby
- make monthly sewing goals and record my projects on the blog
Do you do self check-ins? If yes, how regularly? I’d love to know! I’ve put a reminder in my calendar for 6 months, July 1st, to check-in again. I’ll see in time if I need to change that to be more frequent. I believe you shouldn’t have to wait until the end of the earth’s revolution around the sun to start something positive in your life. No better time than the present!