"Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right."- Oprah Winfrey

I figured I would jump on the bandwagon and blog a little bit about the new year since it's been a little over a year since our last post (can you believe that?!)... but I am going to take a slightly different spin on it. This year has been quite an emotional rollercoaster, with the new move and the unknown that came with that, and through it all I have found some clarity and reinforcement in appreciating the journey that life truly is.

The majority of us will approach this new year with a renewed sense of life and opportunity; with a mindset that we have the chance to "start over". There's nothing wrong with a healthy level of self-rejuvenation, but have you ever stopped to think that maybe we are approaching things with the wrong frame of mind? New year doesn't have to mean "new you", but it can mean a "better you"... why start over when you can just enhance the "you" that has been shaped and molded over the years? It got you where you are today, right? Experience can sometimes be the hardest teacher, and we need to learn from lessons that it teaches us.

We are who we are as a result of the things that have happened to us and the things we have accomplished. Good or bad, every step we have taken has landed us in the exact spot where we are today. It's important to reflect on how far we've come, especially at year's end, and use those experiences as a jumping-off point to the next great adventure/challenge. It's all about living and learning. 

So I urge you to take a new spin on the hew year, resolutions, and goal setting in 2018. Don't conform to what society believes we should focus on in the new year... do something for you that will start your year on a good foot with a positive focus. Why not focus on bettering your self-worth? Being more present with those you love? Pursuing your passion or a past-time that brings you joy? Cutting out toxicity (people and/or things) from your daily routine?  

Regardless, don't lose sight of who you are in the goals you set for yourself. Don't ignore thoughts or goals you've had because they seem too far-fetched, but instead, go after them with intensity. You have the ability to set and achieve whatever goal you have for yourself... but you need to work through the ups and downs that come with it and display grit when things get hard (Hint: There is a reason society jokes about "New Years Resolutions" only lasting for a couple of weeks...). The key is not to try to fit a lofty goal into a short term timeframe, but to pace yourself and appreciate the journey along the way. 

Use the new year as an opportunity to start something new that you've always thought about trying but never had the audacity to do... whether it is related to health, fitness, life, or love. Go at it with 100% and you can (and will) achieve it.

-Jessica

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