Welcome, 2019

The New Year is here.

Can you think of a better reason for a blog post?

(Don’t answer that.)

I knew I wanted to acknowledge the beginning of 2019 but I debated about how.

Resolutions? I don’t really make those.

New Year, New Me? I like myself and I’m liking where I’m headed.

How about we reflect?

2018 was great for a few reasons. Some newer relationships were taken deeper, some older relationships were strengthened, and some toxic relationships saw the door. While the blog was neglected, I made some great progress with my second book. I read. I watched some great shows. I got the AMC movie pass which means I spent a lot of time in darkened theaters staring wide-eyed at the screen before me. I made it a point to take care of myself mentally, physically, emotionally.

Then some not so great things happened and I saw myself slipping at the end of the year. I stopped writing. My reading was limited to work emails and Instagram captions. Taking care of myself didn’t seem like such a priority. As the year dragged on, I thought: I’ll get back to it on Monday…at the beginning of the month…at the beginning of the year.

Well, here we are.

What is it about the prospect of a new day? New week? New month? New year?

It does something to our state of mind. We can argue about time and what it means or we can just accept the fact that, in general, we like the idea of a fresh start.

January 1st didn’t feel like a beginning but a continuation. Regardless, I’ve chosen to look at 2019 as new.

I am filled with certainty.

I know that I will continue to write. I know that I will continue to read. I know that I will go back to the gym, which has become so important for my physical/mental happiness. I know I will continue to try my best to love people. I know I will continue to work hard and want more.

I am also filled with hope.

I hope that if I get knocked down, I am quicker to get back up. I hope that I remember to be kind to myself. I hope that I remember to rest amidst the hard work. I hope that I remain focused.

2019 will be the year I keep being me and keep doing what I’m doing but I’m going to push harder and see where it takes me.

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