At the end of of 2015, and every year that preceded it, my mind is always overflowing with bright ideas of what the upcoming year would bring.  Per usual, working out, eating healthy, spending less were on the top of the list alongside more professional goals like updating my site, revamping my business, blogging more, connecting more, and wasting less.  The list was long and I was hopeful. But as the clock ticked and it tocked down to the final days, minutes and seconds of the year, guess how much of these intended goals I achieved? Nada. Zip. Zilch

A bevy of bright ideas. A year’s time. All well intended. All failed. Come to think of it, isn’t this always the case every year? As much as I like to blame pregnancy for gorging on pastries, gaining 35 pounds, late mornings and all around laziness, I can’t.  I didn’t have it in me. I let laziness preside.  Yes, it would have required more effort. Yes, it would have required more caffeine. Yes, it would’ve have required just more. I feel quite guilty for giving the bare minimum to my family, to my friends, colleagues and to my clients.  I’m sorry. You guys deserved more, especially from me.

As much as 2016 was somewhat of an amazing personal year for me, for obvious reasons, it was one of the worst years for many, the world and especially the great people of America. Lots of news of cancer, deaths, corruption and tragedies around the globe filled our feed. And just when we thought the worst was over, I mean what more could possibly happen with just a couple days left? It still managed to throw some heartbreaking blows. 2016 will go down as a scrappy year.

Which brings us to 2017, a fresh start. While keeping resolutions were never  really my thing, I want this year to be different. I want to make an effort to improve myself. I want to be more empathetic. I want to give more of myself to those that need it. I want to show myself with my actions and not just through a text, insert prayer hands emoji. I want to be more vulnerable and more compassionate.  I want to finish what I start. I want beliefs to be solidified, relationships to be salvage and goals to be met. There are aspects of my business and diet that need work but I don’t want it to get in the way of personal growth. I want 2017 to be the year I become a better person.

Here is to the best part of my 2016




PS. I fully intended to write this post before the end of 2016