Hello 2018! I'm not one of those, "new year, new me" people, I believe if you really want to make a change, you wouldn't wait until the new year. However, it is important to reflect and reevaluate your life before the next year approaches. Here are a few things I will definitely be leaving behind:
Fear has been my friend for a bit too long. I've talked myself out of doing many things because of fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of success.
Anything worth having/ doing will always seem scary because I actually have something to lose but I have to push through the fear and think about what I have to gain. Instead of thinking, "what if I fall?" I'll think, "what if I fly?"
I'm from a small island so certain things seem out of reach but the President of the United States is living proof that nothing is impossible. I've limited myself because I believed I wasn't ready and capable of extraordinary things.
It is true that our only limitation is ourselves and I refuse to continue to stand in the way of what God wants to do in my life. Although I may doubt the possibilities at times, I will never doubt what my God can do. I don't always need to know how it will be done but I should at least believe that it CAN be done. I need to be open to opportunities and continue working towards where I want to be.
Do not let the memories of your past limit the potential of your future. There are no limits to what you can achieve on your journey through life, except in your mind. - Roy T. Bennett
Waiting For The "Right" Moment
The time to live is now and not when I have the perfect career, more than enough funds, more experience etc. Life is short and I have to learn to make everyday count. I may never be "ready" and the moment may never seem "right" but that doesn't mean I shouldn't go after it. Life should be an adventure, not a waiting around game.
To live boldly is the goal all 2018!!
Quality over quantity. I use to find it very difficult to let people go and now I'm just like, "nice knowing you."
It's very important to be mindful of who you allow into your space. Every friendship does not need to be saved and you don't need to resolve every conflict. Everything does not deserve a response. Everyone can't go to the next chapter of your life with you and that is something you will need to make peace with.
I don't have the time or energy for friends who don't motivate and support me. I need to have genuine friends around me who I admire, friends who I know will be there and friends who are good for my mind and soul.
The quality of my friendships will help determine the quality of my life and if we're not growing together, we will have to grow apart. No love lost, I will always care about certain people but I have to choose my growth and progress over friendships that will hinder me.
"In honor of my emotional, physical and spiritual growth, I forthwith relinquish pinned up anger, grudges, toxic people and unproductive conversations!"- Unknown
I could list a couple other things but those are definitely my top four. 2017 was an interesting year, it's the year I started this platform and it's probably the year I've grown the most. Although I've experienced some discomfort and everything did not unfold as I envisioned, I thank 2017 for the lessons. I didn't make any resolutions but if I had to choose a theme for this year, it would be, "The Year Of Change."
The theme for 2018 will be, "The Year Of Impact, Adventure and Making Moves." I want to do more meaningful work and projects, travel more, create opportunities for myself and form a deeper connection with God.
As 2017 is quicky approaching its end, I encourage you to reflect and envision what you want your 2018 to look like. (Think about what YOU honestly want for your life, not what your mother, father, grandfather, partner or friends want.)
- Is there anything I wanted to achieve this year that I didn't? If yes, think about what you can do to achieve those goals in 2018.
- What do I want to accomplish within the next year and what do I need to do to get there?
- Are there any changes I need to make to become the best version of myself?
- Is there anything I need to let go of that is hindering my progress?
- Do I need to stop limiting myself and start taking more risks?
- Do I genuinely love my life? If no, determine what needs to change and who you may need to cut off. Find ways to do more of what you love and if you don't know what you love, take time to discover who you are.
Visualization and goal planning is always good but there is no guarantee that you will accomplish everything you have your heart set on. Sometimes you can work hard, give it 100% and still not have the "success" you envisioned but it's never a loss. The aim is to give it your best shot and at least try, what's for you will always be for you.
Let go of the past, the disappointments, the failures, the heartbreaks, the hardships and embrace all that the next year has the potential to be. Don't carry 2017's baggage into 2018. #issanewyear
What will you be leaving behind in 2017 and what will be your theme for 2018?
God bless 2018. May the year be filled with purpose, love, joy, laughter, adventure and success.