Looking Ahead to 2017

If there is absolutely anything that this world can agree on together, it’s that 2016 was a complete shit year. I mean, seriously. You could have gotten married, gave birth to your first child, or landed your dream job…but I’m fairly certain you will still agree that 2016 was the spawn of satan and you’re happy to see it go.

And go it did. The year that claimed the lives the most influential celebrities, that saw the end to so many people at the hands of violence in every form, and that showed us what a country divided really looks like…is gone. We never have to see it again.

Sure, 2016 was hours ago. Hell, it’s 2016 while I’m writing this. And no, the clock striking midnight doesn’t make the problems magically disappear. It doesn’t end violence, change the world, or make us all happy. But it does give us the opportunity to see something new e96d1c7c8f3db24fe18891472757b3fbin ourselves. You can claim a day doesn’t make a difference, but it can, if you let it.

Why do you think we make New Year’s Resolutions? It’s because when December turns to January again, there’s a feeling of something bright and shiny and new. It’s the chance to start over, to be better versions of ourselves, and to find the breaking point in which we can leave the past behind us.

That’s why the New Year is so important. And it’s why I have taken it very seriously this year.

Usually my resolutions contain working out or something to better my physical appearance. I don’t know why,  but that’s just how it turns out, if I bother making resolutions at all.

But this year, I’ve decided to focus on the inside. And what it takes to make me really and truly happy in my day to day life.

So my word for the year is:

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This word has two meanings. First, to act with intent (duh) or have an aim or purpose. This is what I want my life to be about, intent and purpose.

I want my mornings to be purposely filled with productivity and positivity in order to set me up for what the day might hold. I want my words, no matter what I’m saying, to have a meaning and goal behind them. I want the books I read to mean something and teach me something about the world and the people in it. And I want my work to be something that I use to intentionally make me or others happy happy.

I love school, and I love what it teaches me about myself as a writer. And I love my blog and Bookstagram and the people I have met over the internet. It’s important to me to have an aim with everything I do, whether it be for grades, for showing love to the people I have come to care for, or in caring for my happiness when I write, blog, and interact online.

The second meaning of intention is the healing process of a wound. For me, this wound is spiritual. There was a time in my life when I woke up every morning and started it off positively with my Bible and Journal. I need that again. There is a gaping hole in the heart of my spirit that needs reconnection and intention.

I have my ways of reaching these goals, and I can share them if you ask. But what I really want you to think about is your own word for the new year. 2016 was a tough one, for a lot of people. We all deserve a do-over, a chance to feel bright and shiny and new again.

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What’s your word for the new year?

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