My New Year’s Promises

I fall into the category of ‘people who make resolutions but forget them by March’. So instead of falling into the same pattern – as Einstein says “insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results – I’ve decided to make promises to myself. Right, so they’re essentially resolutions but breaking a pinky promise is just so much worse.

2016 is going to be a year filled with changes and tough decisions. But, do you ever get that feeling where you say, “Yeah, this year will be my year”? Well, 2016 has definitely given me that kind of feeling. And it’s the year of the monkey so I’ve already got something leaning in my favor. I’ll turn twenty-three in just four days and maybe I’m just being superstitious, but twenty-three just sounds like a good age.

Now onto the promises! Oh and none of them are inherently blog related and I doubt I’ll ever get around to sharing them let alone writing them.

1. Create More

One of my biggest regrets is that over the years I’ve devoted less and less time to photography. Starting this blog was supposed to be a way to push me to pick up my camera more often. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, that hasn’t quite worked. I’ve got some ideas for things I want to make and they range from the written word to video. It’s about time I got back to what I love.

2. Slow Down

I’m currently in the middle of three separate books. You read that right: three books. And they’re all wonderful books but I just can’t seem to find the time to actually finish them. Okay, so I’ve got plenty of time just a lack of willpower. But this promise applies to anything. 2016 will be the year of being the moment instead of trying to race through them.

3. Be Patient

Thinking about the future always makes me super anxious because I don’t have a clear idea in my mind. The worst part is that I believe I should have it all figured out by now. Which I don’t. Life isn’t about having it all figured out so here’s to taking it in strides.

4. Let Go

Guilt. Anger. Regret. All of it. There’s no need to carry it. Ever.

5. Stop Doubting

Finally, the biggest promise. I have a tendency of doubting myself even when I know the right answer. Not being able to make a decision even when you know the answer is just about the most frustrating thing ever. 2016 will be the year of big decisions so there’s no room for doubt.

What are your New Year’s Promises for 2016?

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