Holiday vacation is the best way to end a year and start a new one. I went home for 2 1/2 weeks and it was GLORIOUS. It was amazing to see family, friends, and be back in the city I was born and raised. My heart was so filled to see that everyone is in a really good place. Although it is always hard to say goodbye, I truly left feeling so satisfied and blessed. I am beyond fortunate to have the support group I have. So many times we take advantage of the things around us – I told myself this trip that I would make every little second count. I think I did alright – from late night conversations with the parentals to sleepless nights with friends smashing grilled cheese, listening to records and sipping on coffee (or wine).
Life is a beautiful gift. Spend it with the people you love, the ones that inspire you, the ones that make you better, the ones that stretch you and make you see things different.
Cheers to new adventures in 2017.
I enjoy making lists. I like jotting down opportunity areas. I love making small goals and seeing myself grow. Every new year, I jot down 3 major things I’d like to accomplish. Whether they are accomplished or not isn’t the point. The point is to dream and look for areas that you strive to improve in order to live your best life. In addition to my 3 major goals, I keep my tiny monthly goals going all year long. Taping those suckers on my bathroom mirror are a nice reminder of the little things I feel would make me a better me. Truth is, when we’re at our best we can give our best to those around us, our jobs, etc.
For those who didn’t have the best 2016, put it behind you … learn from it … but move into 2017 with a new mindset. Find yourself, love yourself, be the best you.
“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.” – Melody Beattie
From little things to bigger things, there is so much to be thankful for. In case you need a little help brainstorming some ideas, here’s a plethora to get you started.
2. Netflix Originals.
3. Your parents—because no matter how old you are, they can still solve any problem.
5. The local farmer’s market.
6. The time you get to spend re-reading your favorite books.
8. Sweater weather.
9. Summer Fridays.
10. Big piles of leaves that you’re never too old to jump in.
11. Sunday afternoons, with coffee and a good book.
12. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee.
13. Wine. Wine. Wine.
14. The best friend you can call after months apart, and pick up right where you left off.
15. Friendsgiving—the chance for two Thanksgiving dinners.
17. Quirky traditions that make your family special.
19. Girl’s nights.
20. Pizza. Pizza. Pizza.
21. Pints of ice cream.
22. Game of Thrones.
23. Your health—even on days when it isn’t perfect.
25. Every good book you’ve read that has helped you escape for a few hours.
26. The coziest spot in your house.
27. Garbage disposals.
28. Younger siblings you still get to protect, and older ones who will always protect you.
29. Meeting someone and instantly feeling like you met the boy (or girl) version of yourself.
31. Delivery food.
32. The presents you have hidden away, knowing they will make your loved ones so happy.
33. Friendships, new and old.
34. Your support system—be it at work, at home, or spread out all over the country.
35. Correct grammar.
36. Awesome vacations.
37. Messy buns.
38. Sleeping in.
39. Sweatpants. And elastic waistbands.
40. Cheese. Cheese plates. Macaroni and cheese. Grilled cheese.
41. Caller I.D.
42. Laundry machines.
43. The people in your life who have been stand-in mothers and fathers whenever you’ve needed them.
44. Color-coordinated office supplies.
45. Baby giggles.
46. Snail mail.
47. Family vacations.
48. Your nieces, your nephews, your grandchildren.
49. Wool socks.
50. The healing power of music. So damn good.
51. Freshly cut flowers.
52. Headphones on the subway, at work, at the airport, while shopping. Anywhere really.
53. Vacation days.
54. Fall leaves changing colors.
56. Minimally decorated, tidy spaces.
58. Spellcheck. (But not Autocorrect.)
60. Movies you can watch again and again.
61. Songs that hit the spot on repeat.
62. The Weather Channel iPhone app.
63. A day at the museum by yourself.
64. Sisters who you can run any dilemma by, personal or professional, and get answers that keep you grounded and grant perspective.
65. S’mores and campfires.
66. Solo dates.
67. Blanket forts.
68. The perfect playlist.
69. Hot sauce.
70. A continuous string of green lights when you’re already running late.
71. A good hike.
72. Pretty stationery.
73. A really good hug.
74. Long drives on open roads.
75. A heartfelt thank you note.
76. The last slice of pie.
77. A table full of people who can tell stories from a shared childhood.
78. A scenic running trail.
79. Essential oils.
80. Holiday sales.
81. Cozy sheets on chilly mornings.
82. Really good co-workers.
83. Cry laughing.
84. Saturday mornings.
85. Working from home.