Hope and New Beginnings and All That Jazz

I’ve talked about how much I love the New Year on this blog before, but this year I love it times ten. I’m so hopeful and so energized and ready to take on whatever comes my way.

Like so excited.

I think I’m ready to not feel like I’m in a “funk” this year. I’ll be honest, after returning home from my college program in August of 2016, I felt lost and out-of-sorts, unsure and hesitant. Kind of…blah. I think the transition from college to Disney World to the real world to graduate school has been daunting and rough at times. But now I’m feeling good. More balanced. Ready. Excited. Hopeful.

Some quick little goals/resolutions:

  1. Enjoy my first year of teaching–I’ll be teaching composition one as part of my graduate teaching assistantship this coming semester, and I am so excited to give it a whirl.
  2. Make my health a priority this year. Work out! Feel like an athlete again! Eat well! Be mindful! Feel great!
  3. Write and write and write and write and write and revise and revise and revise and revise and submit and submit and submit and submit to magazines and whatnot.
  4. Be happy. Stress less. Enjoy the little things.
  5. Find a hobby–maybe cooking? Something?

I hope everyone has a happy, productive, and magical 2018.

“We’ll Take a Cup of Kindness Yet”

Happy New Year!

I love this holiday. New beginnings, fresh starts, promises we don’t intend to keep… 10 points to you if you caught the Disney reference.

Here are some of my resolutions:

  • Read and read and read and read.
  • Prepare for my final season of college volleyball.
  • Do more yoga. I love yoga–I should do more of it.
  • Do more things. I’m naturally a homebody, but it’s time to soak up new and exciting experiences and opportunities.
  • Go after the goals I have in mind despite fear and doubt–even if I fail, it “beats the hell out of never trying” (thanks, Dr. Meredith Grey).
  • Do things in spite of irrational fears.
  • Decide every day that I am in a great mood.
  • Be happy happy happy.

I hope everyone rings in the new year with a whole lot of hope, optimism, and determination. You can make great things happen. Just decide to try.