Happy New Year!
Welcome to the first week of 2016.
So now that all the holidays are behind us, as well as 2015, it's time to start thinking about 2016 and all that this year might bring. With a new round of New Year's Resolution commercials, products, and motivational this and that, where do you stand in all of it?
To be perfectly honest, I've found it harder to get excited about the new year this time around. Call it jaded, call it realism setting in, call it apathy. I did make some strives last year, however getting into the idea of "new year, new start" isn't resonating with me as deeply as usual. I think it may have something to do with turning 29 and all that I had intended to accomplish by now.
What I can get behind it taking a realistic and thoughtful look at where I am and where I want to be presently and in the future. I think happiness is one of my major motivators, followed closely by success (which everyone has a different definition for).
Happiness, however, is one of those things that most people (myself included) strive to achieve in the future... working towards endlessly. But the future, is always just that, in the future. It's an idea that keeps us moving forward, but we only truely ever live in the present. So if you're always expecting happiness to be just around the corner or a few years down the line, rather than today and every day, you're doing a disservice to yourself.
When we mentally don't live our lives in the present moment, whether it's because we're living in the past (what we could have, should have done) or in the future (where everything will come together and we already have all that we've been working towards), we are missing out on a very important thing. Our actual lives.
So, while I still believe that it's important to have a plan, search for bliss and happiness, and better ourselves today for the benefit of our future selves and where we are determined to be... this year, I'm taking it slowly... day-by-day, week-by-week. I'm going to make little steps and little changes to get the things I want in a bigger way, and BE more present in my life and the moment. And I think future Noelle is going to thank me for it.