It’s hard to believe that once again, another year has come and gone. It feels like just yesterday, we were turning the page into 2016 eager to see what the new year would bring. Each January, we’re given a fresh slate. A chance to change our circumstances, and leave the things we may not be proud of in the past to become just another distant memory. That’s what I love so much about the turn of the year. It provides the opportunity to reflect on our thoughts and experiences, and identify what aspects of our life deserve some extra care and attention in the upcoming year. Whether you have personal goals to achieve or relationships to mend, 2017 brings nothing but opportunity to refocus your intentions and identify what is really important to you right now.
For the past two years, around the end of December, I’ve made it a practice to read The Ticket to Ultimate Freedom: YOU! Chelsea talks about the keys to bettering yourself and finding your personal freedom by uncovering what’s within you instead of trying to change the things around you which are beyond your control. This blog post has been a game changer for me. One of my biggest struggles in life is that I feel I should be able to control my surroundings and that in order to be truly happy, I need to change my circumstances. I’m sure many of us feel this way. Maybe you feel that you’d be happy if you had more money, carried less debt, owned a nice car or lived in a different country. While I’m a firm believer in the idea that we control our own destiny, and have the power to change our circumstances, the principals of finding your personal freedom go beyond that. So with that, my mantra going into 2017 is:
“What am I doing today in order to become the truest version of myself”
The idea is simple and one that I have used in my daily life this year. What are the things that make me tick? Who are the people that make me happiest? We live in a society that tells us what we SHOULD want and what we SHOULD be striving for, when the reality of it is that most of us don’t want those things at all, or at least not right now. Staying true to myself and focusing my intentions on what I want right now instead of what I want 5 years from now has helped me to see the beauty in every day and stop wishing the hours, the days and the months away. Because before we know it we will be ringing in 2018, and then 2025 and one day we will look back and ask ourselves, did I chase my passions, follow my dreams and stay true to myself each and every day.
2016 has been an amazing year for me personally. I’ve refocused my priorities and come to terms with the fact that the things that I want right now are not necessarily the things that most 28 year olds want at this point in time. I’ve made a home in a city where I knew next to no one, started a blog as a creative outlet for my ideas, and made the most of the opportunity to travel and explore, within and outside of Canada. So with that, here are my top 10 moments of 2016, in no particular order
My Top 10 Moments of 2016
1. Becoming “Guideparents” to a beautiful baby girl.
2. Zip lining across the Loboc River on the island of Bohol, Philippines
4. Learning about the rehabilitation program for elephants at the Elephant Nature Park
5. Visiting the Chocolate Hills on the island of Bohol, Philippines
6. Leaving a piece of my heart in Pai, Thailand
7. Taking a little time for nature therapy in Ontario’s beautiful Blue Lake Provincial Park
8. Starting my blog as a creative outlet to share my ideas and inspire others
9. Writing my first Guest Post for Altertrips
10. My nomination for the Liebster Award and the Versatile Blogger Award and having the opportunity to recognize other new blogs.
What are some of your highlights for 2016 and what are you doing in 2017 to become the truest version of yourself? Comment below!