2016: My Kind Year

2015 was a complicated year for me.  I sound like a broken record.  I’ve said it over and over again, but this year was full of some difficult changes (mostly good, in hindsight).  Throughout most of 2015, I never felt like I had the interest in, or time and energy to put down roots.  For that reason, I never really moved into my life.  I was simply borrowing that first little apartment; it was never home.  I never really branched out and explored the area where I was living.  I didn’t make too many friends, I didn’t try too many things.  Everything felt temporary and I felt unsettled.  And I blamed myself for that — I wasn’t trying hard enough, working hard enough, playing hard enough.  2015 was a little bit exhausting.

And now, here we are.  At the start of a new year and, for me, a new chapter.  I’m now just over a month into my new job, my new apartment, my new life set-up and I’m happier.  I feel more at home.  I feel like I want to hang art on my walls (something I never did in my old apartment).  I feel like I want to explore and engage in whatever is happening around town on the weekend.  It’s nice.

So this year, I’m keeping the nice flowing.  2016 will be my kind year.  This year, I’m going to do a better job taking care of myself, being gentle when I should be (old article, but still relevant).  I’m hoping that my being kind to myself will translate into my being kind to everyone else.

I’ve chosen to focus on these 16 resolutions for 2016:

  1. Stop pressing snooze.
  2. Practice yoga every day.
  3. Run regularly.
  4. Meditate daily.
  5. Develop a better morning routine.
  6. Develop a better evening routine.
  7. Make real meals for myself.
  8. Take more photos.
  9. Create a playlist for each month.
  10. Get enough sleep.
  11. Read 52 books.
  12. Adopt a more plant-based diet.
  13. Get to and maintain my body’s “happy weight”.
  14. Complete a 10K training program.
  15. Listen to more music, podcasts, etc.
  16. Cultivate relationships.

They’re broad and simple, but they’re the resolutions I need.  I’ll post about them occasionally, so please do follow along.  And let me know what you’re hoping to do with your new year.

Cheers to 2016!  I hope it’s kind to you too.

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