Happy New Year!
New Year’s Day has always been a day of reflection and hope for me. I look back at the previous year and try to think of my accomplishments. Then I look ahead and try to think of actionable decisions I can make to better my own life. I believe we bring our own happiness in this world, and it’s up to me to ensure I am living life in a way that makes me happy.
2017 was actually a pretty great year for me. I was trying to think of things I’d like to change in 2018, and although I came up with some resolutions, it was difficult because I feel like I accomplished so much in 2017:
- I returned to school and gave it my all. I made all A’s last semester!
- I started attending church regularly and nurturing my relationship with God.
- I got closer to my brothers, specifically Kenny who I saw a lot more this year, and Jacob, who I feel looks up to me. I consciously thought about setting a positive example for them in the ways that I live. Jacob has taken a liking to Josh and expressed to me that he wants a relationship like mine, and Kenny has been asking me questions about how to get started on college.
- I’ve been reading a lot more. I hope you guys have been enjoying my Goosebumps and Fear Street reviews!
- Thanks to school and this blog, I’ve been writing a lot more. I set this blog up to motivate myself to write more. Writing more doesn’t just strengthen my skills; it’s therapeutic.
I’ve thought a lot about what I’d like to accomplish in 2018, and in addition to continuing what I began last year in regards to school, church, and family, I have come up with the following resolutions:
- Read something everyday. I’m not setting a book goal this year because I don’t want the distraction from school, but reading something everyday is an achievable goal. It doesn’t have to be a book. It could be an article or school material.
- Write something everyday. Whether it’s fiction, poetry, essays for school, or blog entries, writing something everyday is healthy and will tone my skills in the craft.
- Give second chances. I hold grudges from the past, and it’s something I want to give up to be a better person. Forgiving others will help me move on from things holding me back in my past.
- Give up cussing. Starting today, I am going to make a conscious effort to not use foul language. I’m a smart guy, a writer, and an aspiring English teacher. I can find other words to use.
- Pray everyday.
I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year! If you were not happy with 2017, consider setting goals or resolutions for 2018! If you’ve already set some, I’d love to hear about them!