I try not to be one of those aggressive vegans. You know, the super judgmental, overbearing, Peta-subscribed kind that literally only speaks vegan. And I know at one point I probably was that damn pretentious, so please, charge it to my head not my heart. Now, I try to be cautious and only mention being vegan when asked, I swear!!!
(Enjoy this cutesy boomerang from us at Jeni’s this memorial weekend)
I recently talked about my new found love for hiking. I know, it’s just extended walking–usually at an incline– however, its a great workout and brings peace of mind. I’ve always loved nature and outdoors. I collected rocks for crying out loud! In fact, growing up, I’d always rush outside every chance I got. I made it an effort to finish my homework in class so that I wouldn’t have to do it when I got home.
As I make my way to reconnecting with the earth and outdoors, I’m increasing my time spent in nature. While #adulting I find myself forgetting to just breathe in the air outside and to relax in the grass. If I’m being honest, a rotating schedule of being busy with work, exercising, and dreams is cool… but many times I feel more successful on a day where I’ve done the least.
Like, had coffee and walked barefoot in the grass (aka #earthing). That’s all, that’s it!
Embarrassingly enough, many times I have to plan my R&R time because I think that I always have to be “busy”. So if I can visually see in my planner that I’ve told myself to chill, I chill. That’s why I enjoy traveling. Weekend trips are nice getaways from everyday life. Each year I plan at least three trips, one to a new city for personal exploration and the others to visit family/friends.
As you know, my birthday was earlier this month. And, I’m technically a little late celebrating. Wait, who am I kidding? I celebrate all month long, but my only wish was to go to Denver and hike a mountain.
You offered great clarity and even opened my heart when I didn’t realize it needed to be.
You, 2016, were awesome.
Yep, its that time where your timeline is inevitably filled with year end recaps and high hopes for the year to come. And while some of y’all like to hate on people setting goals for the new year, I on the other hand am rooting for my fellow goal-setters.
I think it’s important to close a season of your life and look onward with hopes to improve where you see fit.
Ya’ll know that meme circulating about how trash 2016 was? Im sorry, but I can’t relate (Politics aside of course). For me, this year was goal filled, and all-around great!
This year I:
I traveled with friends to Brooklyn for AfroPunk
Went River Rafting for the first time
Went to the beach for the first time
I acted in 2 productions for professional theaters
Started a new hobby (photography)
I mastered using my planner for daily life
Cooked more at home
Revisited my yoga practice
Ran my second 5k
Participated in Wanderlust (mind/body triathlon)
Completed 3 more books than I did in 2015
Quit a job that wasn’t emotionally healthy for me
Took on a new work role
Taught myself to play a song on my guitar (so what if it’s only twinkle, twinkle little star)
Celebrated my 25th birthday (cheers to my fellow #QuarterCenturyLiving folks out there!)
I already have my 2017 planner and have begun setting my goals for tomorrow. As I write this, I am thinking of whats most important to me– self-awareness. You have to know yourself, and be honest with yourself in order to make SMART goals you can achieve.
So, I wish you all a happy new year! I hope that you realize the power of self-dominance you contain as you transition into the future. Speak life into your situations, and be realistic. I am spending the last day of 2016 with some of my family in STL and I hope you enjoy your’s!