2015 has been a year of change, growth, and resilience. From taking my first big backpacking trip to Southeast Asia to moving to New York City and putting down new roots, this year has had plenty of ups and downs. On the one hand, traveling and meeting all kinds of incredible new people has been eye opening and inspiring. On the other hand, all of the constant change and uncertainty has me feeling like I've lost touch with my identity, my purpose.
As I shed the old year and emerge into another new beginning, I want to take all of the experiences and lessons learned in 2015 and use them to propel me towards a happier, more grounded 2016. Through the hard lessons that I have been forced to learn throughout this past year, I have realized that I need to redefine myself as a person. My awareness of what does and doesn't work for me has heightened in 2015 and I plan to turn this into a positive force, rather than a constant tension. I want to let go of all of the confusion and grasping that I have been lost in and move forward with clarity. So in order to grow, I will shed the layers of instability and insecurity by setting these resolutions (intentions) for a new start in 2016.
If 2015 has shown me anything, it is that I have a lot of people to be grateful for. So I am going to start off the year by saying that I am immensely grateful for my new, inspirational friends here in New York and for my exquisitely loving support system (friends & family) back home in California. Another person I am always, always grateful for is, of course, Jeremia. You've no idea the type of courage, inspiration and happiness he brings me!
In 2016, I will write a weekly list of 3 things that I am grateful for. By remembering what I am lucky to have in life, I will find happiness much more easily.
I am a chronic over-thinker. 2015's abundance of change has certainly caused a lot of thinking, analyzing and concluding. Unfortunately, this has tended to be haphazard and much too influenced by financial responsibilities. In facing the stress of the everyday, I have allowed my true desires and feelings to become numb and it is time to reconnect with who I am at my core. I know that the real me is in here, trying to express herself however she can and I am determined to shed my layers of detachment to become more present and aware of my self.
In 2016, I will meditate for 5-10 minutes each evening. I strongly feel that meditation will be most helpful to me when I get home from work in the evening. By taking a moment to transition from work to home, I will process the emotions and triggers that come up for me throughout the day. By sitting down and allowing these daily feelings to flow through me, I will acknowledge them but not allow them to interrupt the happiness that I know I can find in my home space.
In 2015, I seem to have lost my confidence. I know it was there before all of this turbulence, but the past few months have found me struggling to find it. Being humble as a young creative person is, of course, imperative to success. However, humility does not mean that I must beat myself up over every tiny thing that I have perceived myself to have done wrong. It is OK to not be perfect. I want to remember who I am, to know my strengths and weaknesses, and to act confidently.
In 2016, I will not tolerate self-deprecating thoughts. This will be the most difficult resolution to keep, as it is not concretely measurable. I will try to recognize the thoughts that I would not tolerate if someone else were to say them to me and remind myself of who I am. I am better than these thoughts of self doubt and insecurity and I will (verbally, if necessary) remind myself of this.
There are so many mindful resolutions that we take up at the beginning of each year, and no matter what you are resolving for 2016, just trying is admirable. The hard thing is always sticking to it. I am excited to have Sustaining.Life as an excellent place to check in, to hold myself accountable. I hope you will look forward to exploring new ground and a more mindful, sustainable lifestyle in 2016!
The members of the Ethical Writers Coalition are also making some incredible resolutions this year! You can check them out below. And please, tell me, what are your New Years resolutions for 2016?
This Conscious Consumer is Leaning In to 2016
The Note Passer NYC is going for One Big Resolution
Kamea World is also looking for a more Meaningful 2016
EcoCult's resolutions are Painfully Honest
Annie Zhu is taking the pledge to Buy Only Ethically Made Fashion in 2016!
Loving + Moving the Body and getting rid of nasty stuff is what Ecologique has planned this year
Hanna of Sotela is going with an Un-Resolution this time around
The Peahen's Year of Wardrobe Resolutions
A 2015 Year In Review + Ethical Resolutions from Style Wise
Give Leotie Lovely a hand, she's Going Green in 2016!
2016 Resolutions for Life+Style+Justice
Necessary Trouble's 2016 Resolutions