It’s hard to believe that not only a new year, but a new decade is upon us! When I think back to where I was ten years ago – a Freshman at Penn State trying to decide on a major and construct some sort of a plan for my career and life – I honestly don’t think my eighteen-year-old self could have imagined most of the incredible, beautiful, and difficult experiences that have unfolded this decade.
This past decade and this year have given me a lot – teaching in France, building a public relations career here in DC, amazing travel experiences, and incredible friends. Throughout the latter half on this decade yoga has been a consistent part of my life and a grounding force that has kept and continues to keep me centered and present. It is always one of my resolutions and intentions to be more present in my life, but it is consistently a challenge. After all, it’s human nature to ruminate on the past and to plan for the future, and to some degree these things are necessary.
The start of a new year, and in today’s case, a new decade, gives us the opportunity to renew our intentions for how to live – something I do at the start of each yoga practice. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate and be grateful for what we’ve accomplished and experienced. Most importantly, our resolutions, goals, intentions, or whatever they may be called, invite us to look ahead and decide how to move forward in a way that serves our purpose.
Thanks for all you’ve given me, 2019. Here are just a few experiences that have shaped and enriched my life this year.
This year, I…
Took on new responsibilities and got promoted at work. Traveled to San Francisco and Anaheim, CA for work.
Spent the year dating and sharing both incredible adventures and everyday life stuff with my amazing boyfriend. Traveled together to Richmond, Las Cruces, NM, Philly, and NYC.
Visited friends in Germany and Ireland.
Adopted an alcohol-free lifestyle for the second year; stopped caring what people thought about this and did what I wanted.
Dealt with a chronic illness and learned about chronic pain. Went through lots of medical tests, continued to tweak and change my diet, and learned how to advocate for myself at doctor appointments.
Read my creative nonfiction story at my favorite reading series, the Inner Loop.
Worked on my novel in 2 writing critique salons and on my own. Got to read other novels-in-progress and help other writers improve their work at these salons.
2020 Intentions —
Be more present in my life spending time with the people I love and doing the things I love. Leave less time for distractions – scrolling through social media, online shopping, etc.
Write more – Yes, work on my novel and hopefully finish it, but also blogging, journaling, writing for work, and anything and everything that hones this craft.
Prioritize my health – Keep going to yoga and doing my best to eat healthy. Plan meals for the week. Eat three good meals a day. Try cooking more often.
Practice gratitude – Bring conscious awareness to life’s gifts, beautiful moments, and enriching experiences.