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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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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!

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Choosing a new theme to live by this year was almost too easy. I looked back on all of the moments that made me happiest in 2014 and realized that the things that gave me the most joy were the times I travelled, the times I tried new activities, and the times I got a good idea and just ran with it.

So in 2015, I want to live in Motion. It’s so easy to fall into a comfortable pattern of settling into stagnancy. Life this past year, for the most part, consisted of just commuting to work, working, commuting home, spending a few hours watching Netflix, going to sleep, and repeat. I want to live more actively in 2015, and here are my new year’s resolutions to get me there.

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