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Can you believe it’s mid-January already?

and could my post-opener be any more cliche? 

In my last post, I talked about my intention to make this year different. To find happiness, balance, bliss. I thought about it (a lot); what I wanted to do, how I wanted to feel, which direction I wanted to take. My deepest desire has always been to make a difference by making people smile. Silly? Maybe. But it’s true and I realized I would never accomplish it until I started truly smiling myself.

So, I decided that’s where I needed to start.

My goal for this new year came down to one thing: having more fun.

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I’ve lived in a world of safety and comfort for as long as I can remember. I’ve continuously convinced myself that I liked it that way. I liked having a life that revolved around work (and work only). I liked coming home early. I liked always getting enough sleep. I liked skipping nights out because it proved that I was “responsible”. I lived that way for so long that I sincerely believed it.

Well, I’m done. I can’t explain it but something finally clicked.

Recent years in my life all blur together. I made all the “right” choices and painstakingly lived on repeat. And guess what? I don’t remember any of it. I don’t remember any of the nights I skipped the party in lieu of a solo-meal at home and an early bedtime. I don’t remember any of the dates I didn’t go on. I don’t remember any of the chances I didn’t take. They weren’t worth remembering.

Over the past two weeks, I’ve had more memorable experiences that I’ve had in the past 3 years combined. I’ve surrounded myself with amazing people, stayed out too late, danced, Iaughed…and smiled brighter than I even knew was possible. I’m having fun and sorry, I’m not sorry.

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Take a look around you. What are you holding back? Why? So many of us try to create a “perfect life” when, in reality, a life of bliss will always be more fulfilling than perfection. A life filled with unbelievable people, unforgettable moments and immeasurable joy…that’s the life you deserve.

Here’s to having fun…

-Emily

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I’m just going to say it, 2014 was not my year. At all. 

I’m not going to dwell on it or delve into details because that doesn’t allow me to change anything.

What I can change from this point forward is my mindset; the way I see myself, my outlook on the world around me and the way I react to every situation I face. I have the power to change those things and I have every intention of doing so this year.

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I don’t take making resolutions lightly. When I set out to do something, I want to succeed and this situation is no different. My goal for 2015 is to take back control of every aspect of my life.

I’m going to focus on loving my body and all of the wonderful things it is capable of. I’m going to surround myself with positive, uplifting people and always aim to bring joy and laughter to those around me. I’m going to follow my heart instead of letting my head get in the way. I’m going to fuel myself with healthy, nourishing foods. I’m going to exercise as a reward, not a punishment. I’m going to take every opportunity to say yes, even when it scares me. And most of all, I’m going to life my live for me— not my parents or friends or anyone else– me.

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No matter who you are or where you are in life, happiness is achievable. It’s not going to arrive at your doorstep in a beautifully wrapped package and tied with a bow, but it is possible. It’s a matter of learning to love and appreciate the little things. The silly moments with your friends, a perfectly brewed cup of coffee, a hug from your sister, the endorphin rush after a workout…whatever it is that brings you a moment of joy. And when the negative thoughts and feelings set it, focus your attention on the little joys and one day you’ll wake up and realize that your life is overflowing with them.

So, take a moment to reflect on the past year. What did you love about it? What did you hate? And most importantly, what are you going to do to make the next 365 days even better?

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Here’s to a beautiful fresh start…

-Emily

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