I Guess it’s 2016!

tumblr_static_etankp28mjkkcck8gw0ko84ckI didn’t write New Years Resolutions this year. The reason being is that after the long, strenuous year that was 2015, I now fully understand that you  an’t really set stationary goals and expect them to be the same goals you have at the end of the year. Things come up, life changes – the things that were important to you in January aren’t the same things you’re worried about come June. I want to do more, be better, and be open to anything that comes my way, good or bad. I don’t know if those are resolutions but that’s what I’m going with.

Of course with every new year I always say that I’m going to write more. This year is almost no different except that I plan to write even more intimately and more directly than ever before. This blog is a conversation, a collection of stories that we’ve all been through, AND it’s also a glimpse into my life as relatable and sometimes unreliable as that may be. We’ve got five years left of this blog and my hope is that by the time I’m done so many people will have been comforted by all my writings. To be honest a lot of my posts embarrass me. Sometimes the writing itself, but many times the subject matter feels so raw and exposed. I plan on keeping the essence of that while also keeping many specifics of my writing more to myself. I know I’ve also promised that before but I think it’s working for me, I think it works for this blog and I think it works for you, the readers, as well.

At the end of this year will also be my first solo trip abroad. Brazil 2016 isn’t just about the Olympics, no – I plan on having you follow me as I end this year in the most beautiful country ever. I’m excited to share all those things and am excited to share the journey it’ll take to get there. Of course right now I’m stressed about getting my passport, getting my Visa and saving the money to actually GO, but even if it’s not for as long as I hope (6 weeks), I’m hoping that spending time experiencing another country will help to really usher me into my late twenties and help to round out the foundation of who I am which I notice becomes stronger every year.

Of course there will be relationships. I don’t know now if that will include a year of being single, a year of optimistic dating or maybe a rekindling of a relationship cut off too soon. The thing I do know is that we’ve each been in every one of those scenarios and each has it’s own interesting narrative that I also plan on sharing with you.

Lastly this is a year of bittersweet change. A Presidential year that marks he end of 8 years that have been harder and at times slower in progress than anyone cares to admit. As we embark on this new year together I imagine topics that will be covered in this election will pop up as well. Tough, sometimes controversial conversations that will help to start a dialogue and hopefully inform people of what this all looks like from the 20 something perspective.

Yes, I guess it’s 2016. I have no mixed emotions about this year only… hope. There is a burning ball of residence and determination that I have for myself this year. It’s not a resolution, not one solitary concrete thing but rather a collection of attitudes and feeling that I hope I can share with you and I hope that I do SHARE with you. As always thank you for reading<3

xoxo,

Chels

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