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Outlook on 2018

Hello, happy Sunday, and happy (belated!) New Year! I don't usually post on Sundays, but it's been a while and I wanted to update you all on what's been going on around here. I took last week off of blogging simply because I wasn't having the best start to the new year and I wanted to get my bearings before jumping back in after the holidays. A shattered iPhone, a cancelled trip to New York (supposed to have been this weekend but they got that huge blizzard), and other various personal circumstances left me feeling drained, uninspired, and really, really unmotivated to get online and share about my life. Now I am back and I want to share my goals to turn this year around!

As I talked about in my 2017 goals last January and 2017 reflection just a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to work on being happy and making that happen in 2017, but it didn't really turn out as I expected. One thing that majorly got in the way of that was my inability to let things go. I can't always hold on so tight to parts of my life that aren't working. Sometimes all you can do is live, let go, and allow things to fall into place. As much as change really freaks me out, I need to train myself to let it happen and to live more in the moment than in the future. 

I realized towards the end of last year that I was living each day thinking about the next, thinking about the weekend, thinking of the next month, end of the semester, the end of college, you name it... I was thinking about what was coming rather than what was happening. I had set a goal to be happy and the mindset I was in made me so much the opposite. I put myself under so much pressure, I felt drained, and I felt like nothing I did was living up to what I ultimately wanted.

So that's where this changed mindset comes in 2018. I have to learn to let go. I have to accept what happens and to live in the moment. I know this sounds so cliché, but retraining myself to be present is honestly something I think I need to do in order to be happier in the long run. I want to actually live my life rather than wishing it to speed up or to slip by.

Tomorrow I will be back sharing my specific goals/New Year's resolutions. What are yours?

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