hello from the new yearrr (because lets face it, we’re still not over this song)

so it’s now 2016 and it has literally been months since I have posted anything to this blog. in fact, it has been just about as long since i have written anything besides some sort of an assignment for the paper and/or one of my classes. in a conversation with a friend today i realized that i hadn’t even thought about writing anything non-scholarly or original in so long that i don’t feel like i can even claim to be a writer. so here i am, on the second day of this new year, hoping to start again.

this year has already started out with many cups of tea, cold medicine, and a day spent cleaning out my room to get rid of things that had stacked up over the last 12 months. the one thing i haven’t done this year is the cliche making of new year resolutions. while i think many people just want to make resolutions about losing weight, changing who they are, or traveling more, i hope this year i can just adapt a new life motto.

2016 will continue the concept of my life as the work in progress as that it is. it is what this blog is built on and it has been a great reminder for me this last year when difficult situations have come up. my life is and most likely will remain a work in progress as i figure out where i am going.

in addition to looking at life as a project that is a work in progress, i am also going to be attempting to live out a “yes please” life. i recently reread Amy Poehler’s book yes please  and it knocked my socks off once again. i want say yes more and no less as i take on this year. i will be going to europe in may on a trip through my university and with that is going to come a ton of new experiences that i would have never been able to experience if it weren’t for me saying yes to this opportunity. i’m going into my senior year of college and i don’t want to miss out on opportunities because they scare me or intimidate me. i want to say “yes please” when something comes up because 2016 is going to be a year of hopefully humble acceptance of this next chapter of my life.

here’s to another year as a work in progress and to countless more chances to say yes please to stepping out of my comfort zone.

how are you going into this new year? what are your hopes?

“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that- that’s what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s really special and if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself”
―Amy Poehler


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