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The most exciting part of the new year is declaring my annual mantra. It sets the stage for the next twelve months and gives me something to check back in with when I’m faced with a decision or having a hard time. I’ve always felt that this has been more helpful than creating a laundry list of resolutions. New Year’s resolutions have become meaningless and easy to forget. A mantra, simple and straightforward, gives me purpose.

I’ve been on vacation for the last ten days, spending most of my time eating, sleeping, Netflixing, and regenerating. I was having an incredibly stressful time leading up to the holidays, so the time off has been an absolute godsend. I can feel that my body and my mind have been healing, preparing to be stronger and ready to take on new challenges. This invigorating feeling made my new mantra clear.

2017’s going to be my year to bloom.

I’ve sown many seeds this past year – in my career, in my personal life, in my creative passions. They were borne of the dedication and hard work I urged myself to give. But now that I’ve laid the groundwork, it’s time to build, to grow, to nurture, and to soak up life’s beauty so that I may embody it.

The next twelve months will be about flourishing, evolving, and expanding into the full potential each opportunity has. It’ll be about becoming my best self, and I can’t wait to share it all with you guys.

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I’ve spent a lot of time over the course of this year learning and unlearning how to be healthy. I’m simultaneously an ambitious person and a lazy person, so long-term commitments can be difficult for me. But, I promised myself that this would be one of the important facets of life I’d dedicate myself to in 2016, so I had to follow through.

I’ve still got a long way to go, but someone once told me that it’s all about the journey, not the destination – and I’ve been making progress. This is how I did it.

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The start of the new year always feels like it’s full of hope and potential. I feel extra motivated because I’ve finally nailed down my annual mantra.

2016’s the year I’m going to work on my Dedication.

As I’m getting older, the value of commitment and truly pursuing your passions is becoming increasingly clear to me. I want to exceed in so many facets of my life, but I’m learning the hard lesson that achieving my goals requires serious dedication, hard work, and willpower.

I recently rewatched all nine seasons of Scrubs and one of the quotes has greatly resonated with me these last few weeks: “Nothing in this world that’s worth having comes easy.”

This year, my resolution is to work on my career, this blog, my relationships with family and friends, my health, and my interest in acting. Life’s too short to look back and realize you should have tried harder for the things that you wanted and cared most about.

So here’s to a hard working 2016 filled with dedication and success. Happy New Year!