2016. It feels crazy to type, doesn't it?!
I love new beginnings. The first pages in a new journal. The first episodes of a new show you know you'll fall in love with. The first conversations with someone you can tell will be special. Beginnings are so exciting!
So I am beginning something new in 2016. Rather than set lofty goals tied to specifics (I will lose X pounds, I will save X amount of money) I am setting intentions - in sparkles. Everyone knows once you set something in sparkles it's forever. ;)
I've been fighting the word "balance" for the last few weeks - it sounds so blasé. But, I've decided I need balance in 2016. In the last few months I have mastered the art of work/working out (without spending 60 hours at the office) but I need to also master get shit done/relax and I need to ease up on the panic when things don't go perfectly (as a project manager I should be able to just fall back onto one of my many contingency plans!). So the theme of 2016 will be finding balance (which doubles as a metaphor for my love of yoga - my balance is one of the areas I seriously need to work on! Engage that core!).
Planning more adventures will be everything from snowboarding to stand-up-paddleboarding to lots more random road trips. I'm so excited I have people on board to support me in these crazy bucket list items! :)
"Let go of things no longer serving me" was adopted from my friend Kirstin and originally applied to the physical things in my closet but really applies to so much more - old attitudes, lackluster relationships, limiting beliefs -- let.that.shit.go. I have the phrase "You might not pass by this way again" tattooed on my shoulder in honor of my favorite aunt who passed too soon. That mantra perfectly sums up why you can't hold on to things, people, places that no longer make you happy. You might not get a second chance; carpe the fucking diem!
Seek love. It seems so simple but yet so powerful. I am lucky enough to have a really amazing family/friend circle and I don't appreciate and love them nearly as much as I should. I also don't open myself up to finding my future husband for fear that I will be rejected/hurt/disappointed. But if I don't try how can I ever succeed? You miss 100 of the shots you don't take - yadda yadda. In 2016 I will seek love in the form of a strong, witty Renaissance man with a sweet tooth - and hope it's seeking me ~ (cute, sassy chatterbox who loves to bake) in return. <3
Yoga. I cannot say enough about how much I love yoga. The class that has changed me is taught by the amazing Ali White and it's hot yoga to acoustic hip hop. Could there a more perfect way to spend an hour?! It's made me more flexible, more relaxed and more calm in my own mind. Hearing Ali say at the beginning of every class "Let go of whatever you had going on in your day" resonates with me before bed or as I transition from work to life. Let go. Breathe. Decompress. Stretch. Lean in. I'm far from a "good" yogi - I use 42 props and I flail all over the place anytime we balance or lunge....but I don't care. I absolutely love how I feel after class and I vow to spend time each day obtaining that zen feeling.
I even bought myself a fabulous new yoga mat to celebrate my love affair. <3 Is this so *Samantha or what?!
2016 is looking pretty amazing so far - I can't wait to see where I am 363 days from now!