Hello, friends! My loves! How are you all doing today? I hope all of you are doing well. Personally, this has been bit of a weird day for me, but I’m happy that I’m able to come to my happy place at Love Ling and chat with all of you.
We have finally reached 2017, which offers a fresh start for all of us. I know that 2016 is being pegged as a terrible year, and I can’t deny that there were many troubling events that occurred. However, I think we can all agree that there will always be hard times, and we can use these as learning opportunities and grow from them. As we move into 2017, let’s acknowledge both the good and the bad from this past year and use it to improve upon ourselves and the world at large.
What went down in 2016
For me 2016 was a year of change. Not only did I discover new passions like yoga and painting, but I graduated high school and started college! Whoa! Big lifestyle changes!
I also announced at the beginning of last year that 2016 would be the year of the Girl Boss. I wanted to grow as a person, do big things, and accomplish as much as I could. I think having this mentality really helped me throughout the year. I was able to do a lot of really cool things, while also discovering a new part of myself in college.
Those dreaded resolutions
And now, here we are in 2017. If you, like me, are trying to figure out what your New Year’s resolutions are going to be or if you even want to make resolutions, I have a couple of thoughts that might you help you out.
It’s definitely difficult to set resolutions for yourself at the beginning of the year and try to stick to them. I feel like a lot of the time, people try to take things away from their lives, whether that be losing weight, cutting out junk food, or even cutting out people. And it’s really hard to stick to resolutions! Life always seems to get in the way, doesn’t it?
I’d like to offer a different approach for making resolutions. For me, I find that I get so much more out of trying to add things to my life and take care of myself, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Cutting things out from your life will come, but having the mentality of just trying to contribute to your overall happiness is very fruitful. Obviously, set whatever goals for yourself that you want to and if you don’t reach them, that’s totally fine. Or if you don’t want to make any resolutions, keep doing your thing!
And the future?
I haven’t pinpointed exactly how I want things to be different in 2017, but I think it should be an extension of this Girl Boss mentality. I want to continue to do big things and grow, but I also want to emphasize taking care of myself and doing more of the things that I love. This includes investing more time into my passions and deepening my relationships with the people I love. However, I also want to continue working hard and finding opportunities that will benefit me in the future.
As for this blog, Love Ling has grown so much in the past year. Our community is definitely expanding and I hope that it grows even more in 2017. I know that I’ve been skimping on the blog posts recently, and I’m going to shamelessly play the college card on that one. But I really love this blog and this small community we’ve created, and plan to create even more posts for you guys. If there are any topics or posts that you would like to see, feel free to leave them in the comments below. I love hearing from you guys! And I do take your feedback very seriously.
I also want to thank all of you for reading Love Ling this year. I’m really grateful for all of you and I can’t wait to see what we’ll do together in 2017.