2018 was a whirlwind of a year, filled with so much growth and understanding. New doors were opened and new chapters began. I did things I swore I would never do (never say never right?!) and I experienced things I never thought I would.
I love the principle behind the new year. How we have the opportunity to start fresh and reset.
Although the truth is that we get this with each passing moment and with each new day, the new year is a great time to reflect on what you want to bring with you into the new year and what you want to leave behind.
Here are 6 things I’m bringing with me in 2019.
Traveling to new places
Make a journey, typically of some length or abroad.
It’s hard for me to imagine a time when I won’t bring travel into the new year. The memories and the growth that are made by experiencing a new place will forever be one of my greatest joys.
It’s true that you never know what you might find with each new journey in this life.
The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
It was early on in 2018 that I learned the true power of gratitude. For me, it was after reading Oprah’s What I Know For Sure that I truly started to understand the practice of gratitude. Throw in some podcasts and traveling Southeast Asia and I really began to understand.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey
Gratitude truly puts our blessings into perspective and even when the days are hard, gratitude allows us to see the beauty in them.
By practicing gratitude, I start to recognize that the mundane and ordinary of each day can bring immense joy.
My gratitude lists consist of everything under the sun; including conversations that touched me unexpectedly, meals, friends, nature, and even things like breaking a laptop charger or car maintenance. Those things force me to slow down and breathe, and for that i am also thankful.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
― Melody Beattie
A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.
Until 2018, Yoga was never on my radar. My dad had been practicing yoga for some time and I have a few close friends who practice and even teach. I was intrigued by the practice and all of the benefits that accompany it. Flash back to traveling in Bali this past spring, I decided to try out a class.
Lesson learned. Do the things that scare you, challenge you, and push you. You never know what might change your life.
“Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.”
The act or process of organizing or of being organized
This one hasn’t always been easy for me. In fact, up until a few years ago I basically had to have my hand held when it came to organizing my life. It was a process for me to get rid of anything. We are talking boarder line hoarder tendencies.
At some point I realized that type of lifestyle is not sustainable and after living out of a backpack for half a year, I understood the benefits of a simple and minimalistic lifestyle.
Less is more!
To look at and comprehend the meaning of (written or printed matter) by mentally interpreting the characters or symbols of which it is composed.
2018 gave me a lot of “lost in a good book and the world seemed to stop” moments. Reading allows us learn, imagine, create and teach and those are things that we should always continue to do!
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
Time for Myself
Self love is the best love.
When we take time to do the things that we love, it creates a positive impact for all of the other parts and relationships in our lives.
“Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.”
– Parker Palmer
Comment below and let me know what you are bringing with you into 2019!