Welcoming in a new year, to me, always feels likes unwrapping a set of presents. There is the excitement before it’s here, the days of trepidation and planning and thought. Then there’s that moment when you hold it in your hand – when the people around you countdown to 0, hugging and pouring champagne and realizing how lucky we are to be here, to be alive, at least for this moment, and maybe for another year. And then, there’s the aftermath – the day spent walking around in a daze, planning of a much different kind, hopping and dreaming of The Future.
Even though this blog is only a couple of years old, I feel it’s already become a bit of a tradition to share my New Year’s Resolutions with you. So without further ado, here are my intentions for 2016!
What can I say about 2015? Firstly, it was a lot less monumental than 2014. Somewhere between January with its new resets and paleo beginnings, and December with its full-on gluten-free cookies extravaganza, I discovered new abilities, new friends, and new intolerances. I cemented my home in Montreal, started a new job, and traveled to five countries and countless cities. I had set-backs and tears of joy, back pain and foot pain, and too many burns to count. I truly lived.
And now, it’s 2016. Amidst piles of snow and flour, drizzles of rain and vinaigrette, clumps of earth and batter, and smudges of mud and chocolate, I welcome in the new year.
In 2016, I hope to:
- Spend more time looking inward than outwards – many times this year, I felt spread too thinly, a bit lost. It felt like I was always in a rush, but things weren’t getting accomplished the way I wanted them to. Now, it’s time to stop that. I need to focus on myself and my intentions, and make concrete plans towards achieving them.
- Focus on steady growth rather than new leaps and bounds – in a similar vein, 2014 and 2015 were years of new things. In 2016, I want to see those things grow and develop naturally, steadily, with proper nurturing; I’m not necessarily looking to burn anything down and start anew.
- Spend more time alone, NOT working – As I was lying in a yoga class at 9:30 am on New Year’s Day, my mind went not (constantly) to the aches and pain in my atrophied joints, but to how good it felt to just take time to myself. This may have been the first time in a year that I’ve truly taken to myself – no blog, now work, no people, no planning. I want more of that. This may mean that I’ll have to say no to more invitations than I do… I hope my friends will accept that.
- Continue developing the space I created here in a healthy, manageable way – For the blog, I also hope to focus on steady growth, mixed in with enough new beginnings to keep things exciting. So while there will be (at least one) e-book (!!!) and, hopefully, some new workshops and dinners in 2016, I want things to feel like less of a wild gamble and more of a steady development.
- Spend more time in yoga – So far, in the 3 days of the New Year, I have been to yoga 3 times. These have been my first visits in a year. I fully intend on continuing that, if not daily, then at least 3 times a week.
- Get better at expressing and showing my love to Greg – this is a bit of a weird thing to say online, but we’re all friends here, right? This year, my relationship often ended up playing second fiddle to my million-and-one interests and undertakings. I felt… confused. This year, we have both resolved to put more emphasis on our partnership – and so far, I’ve truly enjoyed doing that. Greg is a kind, thoughtful and loving young man, and I hope to spend more time showing how much he means to me.
- Practice and improve my photography – I’ve learned this year that a camera can be an extension of my creativity, just as much of a part of writing a story or developing a recipe as words and stages. So here’s to a year of experimentation with a camera and as much learning as can fit into this little head!
There you have it, folks. My New Year’s Resolutions for 2016. Looking at 2015, I’ve managed to accomplish most of my previous resolutions, but also so much more. I hope for the same this year.
I hope 2016, with its sign of the red monkey, will bring us all new surprises, a lot of learning, a few mistakes, and plenty of mischief.
Happy New Year!