Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! 2015 was the year when I worked my little butt off, and it most certainly paid off! I’m so excited with what 2016 will bring: a big move, my new job, my 30th birthday (eek!). But first, I want to take the time to write down a few resolutions—I worked really hard in 2015 and even surpassed my goals. In 2016, I want to find somewhat of a life balance again: start working-out more (cliché, I know), take the time to cook, do random thoughtful things for my friends and family, and help others in need. All things I neglected while being too focused on work.  Do you make resolutions every year? What are they this year?

A happy, healthy 2016 to you all! Cheers!

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  • Peter Reynolds

    Not a new years resolution as such but a sentiment, a motto perhaps to carry into the New Year:

    “People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
    Forgive them anyway.
    If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
    Be kind anyway.
    If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies.
    Succeed anyway.
    If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.
    Be honest and frank anyway.
    What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight.
    Build anyway.
    If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.
    Be happy anyway.
    The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow.
    Do good anyway.
    Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.
    Give the best you’ve got anyway.
    You see, in the final analysis it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.”
    Mother Theresa

    My running team leader had it stuck above his desk on crumbled paper. Aesthetically rough, but a striking and memorable sentiment to read on January 1.

    I’m not sure I believe in the after life quite the way the Church presents it, and aspiring to be like Mother Theresa is a lofty goal, but I hope in later life to feel happy and fulfiled. These words connected with me and will be something I think to come back to in 2016 whenever new challenges are faced.

    Also impactful and meaningful reading for me in these early days of 2016 was this Harvard study on life fulfillment.

    https://www.ted.com/talks/robert_waldinger_what_makes_a_good_life_lessons_from_the_longest_study_on_happiness?language=en

    And finally this on how to love:
    https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/03/31/how-to-love-thich-nhat-hanh/