The birth of a new year always comes with resolutions and new hopes. It seems like a cliche, and every resolution made, at least to me, seemed destined to fail within the first few weeks of the new year. I myself have never been a resolution gal, but this year I had a change of heart.

2017 taught me many lessons, good and bad. One of these lessons is the importance of setting goals (hence the resolutions). While I have to say that it was the best year of my life, I also learned about some ugly truths- both about myself and of the world. I learned a great deal about many social injustices that still persist today (even though you'd think we'd get it right by now) and I also learned some ugly truths about the meat and dairy industry which led to one of my resolutions- switching to a wholesome, plant-based, vegan diet. There will definitely be a blogpost to follow on that, I have a lot to say! 

As far as the self-discoveries go, I realized that I am a dreamer to a fault. I spent all of 2017 dreaming about, planning, and reflecting on travel. While yes, of course it's okay to do those things, it should not completely take over your life. The fact of the matter is, I only spent roughly 2 out of 12 months traveling.  So what about the other 10? I was numb and unproductive, my mind was only focused on daydreaming about vacations and traveling and time spent away from home. So perhaps my greatest resolution this year is to be more present and learn how to still feel alive and excited about life while I'm at home, running through my daily routines. 

Another self-discovery that I've been deliberately ignoring for a while is my laziness. Yup, I'm calling myself out on this one- I am so lazy! The truth is, when I'm not at work or at school, you can find me in bed watching Netflix or taking a nap. During school semesters, napping becomes a habit. I would take one every day at the same time, regardless of if I was tired or not. All the while, I have strayed away some hobbies that I used to really love! I used to write, paint, play the piano, leisurely read, etcetera. All of these things over the past few years I have stopped entirely because all of my free time became occupied with unproductive activities like my Netflix binge-watching habit. 

So with all of that being said, I am ready for 2018. I am ready to improve myself and build a life that I can be proud of. Of course change doesn't happen over night. Of course it's going to take hard work and perseverance. Of course it's going to take a lot of self-control to resist the urge to nap, binge watch that show, or help myself to an extra-cheesy piece of pizza. But I WILL accomplish these goals because at the end of the day, I have self-love and I want to see myself succeed. I know that in order for me to accomplish my greatest dreams, change must happen.