2014 < 2015

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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13 comments
  1. Thank you for being real. I’m sick of everyone saying 2014 was the “best year ever” and whatnot. Here’s to a fresh start and a happy 2015!!

  2. Misha said:

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. It is so nice to find bloggers with the same goal: To inspire others and spread positivity. Feel free to check out my blog. I write to inspire and motivate others. Good luck on achieving your goals for 2015. I am greatly looking forward to your next post 🙂

  3. Taylor said:

    I absolutely love your outlook on resolutions and looking to appreciate those little moments. It’s tough but I’ve slowly, and am still learning that things can not be perfect. Difficult times are going to happen but then when you get those little moments, it only makes them more precious. And girlie, if you need another shoulder to lean on I will be in Cali in less than three months, so know I’ve got your back. ❤

    Like you said, it won't be easy but I am sure you will completely rock 2015!

  4. I agree with you 100%, 2014 wasn’t my year at all either. But good things are ahead 🙂

  5. I feel ya on 2014. Not my best year either. But all that means is that there is a lot of room to improve in 2015! I love your outlook and it’s exactly the approach I’m adopting too! Here’s to a good new year for both of us! 🙂

  6. I’ve had a somewhat of a struggle lately as well, so thanks for the uplifting and encouraging words. Sometimes giving up feels like the only option. Ive learned that in life things are until they aren’t… you’re only unhappy until you aren’t. You’re only anxious/depressed/sad/stressed until you aren’t. Life is up and down and back and forth so much that theres never any reason to feel like you’re forever stuck in one place. I hope your 2015 is off to a good start so far, you deserve happiness in your life!

  7. i know 2014 was rough for you, BUT …. from a friend who loves you very much…. i think it very much WAS a year for YOU!!!!!!!!!!! you took charge, Em, and I am so proud of your successes this year! love you

  8. i love the honesty of this post. and i agree, i think we can all achieve happiness but what we have to WORK for it. it doesn’t come easy. happy new year, girl!

  9. That’s what I admire about you and did all throughout the time we’ve known each other now: No matter how much you struggled and how stressed you were in 2014 – you always picked yourself up and focused on the bright side again. ❤
    I can attest the last year wasn't my best, either, but that means we're both in for better experiences in 2015, right?

  10. P said:

    I hope your 2015 turns out to be better than you imagine it to be! Happy New Year 🙂

  11. Hayley said:

    Love this post….you are such a strong girlie. I am so inspired by you. I love the new mind set and positivity! Love ya girlie I can not wait to see what you accomplish in 2015!

  12. Shawna said:

    cheers to new beginnings, to reinvention with every sunrise, to believing you have the ability to make your life better, one decision at a time. i hope 2015 brings you a million litttle — and big — reasons to smile and love your life every day.

  13. Kelsey said:

    Thanks for your honest words and letting your authentic self show. I think most people expect that fancy package, when they don’t realize that happiness surrounds them every day. I have two new pieces of daily jewelry – a bracelet that says ‘own today’ and a necklace (from Speakable) that reads ‘choose joy’. This is how I want to live my 2015.

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