Each year has monumental moments, downfalls, tribulations, celebrations, etc. 2014 was no different. As I look back on this past year, I’m amazed at how much has happened and how much has changed. The most significant event that happened in 2014 would have to be graduating college and shipping my life back to Los Angeles. Though I miss New York every day, and have a mental battle of whether or not I want to go back, I know there was a reason I made the decision I did. It never really hit me until I sat down and really reflected on the past year and thought about the people I’ve met, the memories I’ve made and the personal changes I’ve experienced. I had so many expectations moving to LA, but none of those expectations I had constructed were met. But that was the beauty of it; there was perfection in the unexpected and it was far greater than I could have imagined for myself.
It is human nature to think there is always something better out there and that there is more that can be accomplished, but these thoughts cripple us from embracing what we have in the moment. I spent too much time focusing on what was out there, and what I was missing out on, that I started to lack appreciation for what I had right in front of me. I have the most amazing people in my life; people who challenge me, who share their love and positivity, and who make me the best person I can be. Six months ago I thought I was pretty satisfied with my life as it was. I was fine with where I was headed, who I was surrounded with, what my circumstances were. Now I can’t imagine my life without the people currently involved in it, and the goals I am just beginning to develop. People always say everything happens for a reason, but I have never felt that statement to be more true than through the events and decisions made this year.
I stopped making resolutions several years ago. More often than not, I couldn’t keep them, but I realized there was no point in making resolutions. People should try to better themselves on a daily basis and should always challenge themselves to make better decisions. The only thing I hope for is that that I live more fearlessly and intentionally this year. When I reached out to a friend of mine for some advice, he simply said “you can’t let your fears shackle you from doing what you’re meant to do.” This statement resonated with me deeply, and is what I hope defines 2015. The best is yet to come.
happy new year !