Thoughts for the New Year

As the new year begins, it is important to take time to reflect on what has passed and what is yet to come. Although one need not wait until the holidays to turn introspective, you have to admit: it is timely. So here are some things you may want to consider this season.

1. How are you going to make room for improvement?

While this one may appear quite predictable at first glance, there are several ways to promote self-growth that don’t necessarily involve going to the gym three times a week or eating cleaner meals. For instance, mental health is often pushed to the side in the chaos of everyday life. To address this issue with a resolution, try choosing to engage in more activities that make you genuinely happy. If you happen to be like me - hard on yourself and somewhat of a perfectionist - resolving to be kinder to yourself is another great idea.

2. Are any of your current beliefs not true for you anymore?

We often adopt the beliefs that we were raised on. If your parents didn’t like cilantro, maybe you grew up thinking you didn’t like cilantro either (even if you might not have minded it otherwise). Or, maybe you used to dislike cilantro when you were younger because you genuinely didn’t like the taste - but is that still the case now, or is it just habit? The truth is, we are constantly evolving and changing. Things that were once true about us might no longer be, and that is perfectly okay.

3. What are your life’s greatest hits thus far?

This one is fun. Because though no one’s life is absolutely perfect, we’ve all had at least a few absolutely perfect moments. You can go through them on your own and remind yourself of some of your most precious memories, or reminisce about hilarious moments in the company of a solid group of friends. We see the fairy-tale scenes of fictional characters all the time in movies and television shows, and it’s easy to forget that we have some of our own. One of the most beautiful things about welcoming 2018 is that it gives us a whole new year to make more.

Cheers to the end of something great.

Let’s raise our glasses to the beginning of something even better.