The Start of Something New

Hello! Welcome to 2016! (Yes, this post is named after the High School Musical song.)

For some, we’ve only had a few hours to enjoy the new year—a fresh start, a blank page—and on the other side of the world, others are already well into their second day.

There’s a quote from the first season of The O.C. that says, “The way you spend New Year’s Eve is the way you’ll spend the rest of the year.” If that’s the case, I think I’m off to a good start—as my evening was full of laughter and good friends and joy. So much opportunity lies in the 366 days of this year (Wooo! Leap year!)–hope, change, adventure, love, magic—that it is hard not to be excited for what may come. In fact, it seems like a pretty good day to have a good day—a good year even. Sometimes you just get that feeling, ya know?

In seven short weeks, I’ll be boarding a plane (or three) to Seoul, South Korea. And then another plane or two (maybe even a boat?) to Southeast Asia. And then eventually a few more planes to San Francisco and back home. Since we booked our tickets at the end of November, I’ve told a handful of people about the trip, at which point I usually get the question, “Why South Korea?” Well, why the heck not? My friend Gina is there teaching English to adorable tiny children for the year, so her twin sister and I planned a visit. I’ve also only ever traveled to Europe, the U.K., and Canada outside of the United States, so it’s about time I experience some entirely different cultures in a part of the world I’ve been dreaming about for some time. (I have my fingers, toes, and everything else crossed that we’ll make it to the Angor Wat temple in Cambodia somewhere along the way!)

There will be so many new things in this year, and some old. So many good things, and some bad. Maybe this year the world won’t suck quite so much. Maybe people will learn benevolence and tolerance. Maybe I’ll carry this unwavering optimism with me for the next twelve months, weave it into each moment and hope for the best.

Maybe this year I’ll do more yoga or take more pictures.

Maybe this year I’ll figure out what I’m meant to do.

Maybe this year I’ll be surprised.

Maybe this year I’ll wake up and see more sunrises.

Maybe I will stop doing stupid things like accidentally dumping half a container of sugar into my tea like I did yesterday or hitting my watch on every door I walk by. (Then again, maybe I won’t.)

Rather than make resolutions for the year that will likely end up being less hit and more miss, I’ve come up with a few goals to work toward throughout the year instead.

  • Be kind
  • Be smart
  • Be more than you were the day before
  • Live more and worry less
  • Show compassion
  • Be adventurous
  • Say “yes”

I don’t have to check them off in any particular order or at any specific time, or even tackle them all at once. I can just work at them a little each day. And then maybe I’ll end this year a better person than I was before.

Whatever comes in 2016, whatever I find, I am eager for this new start.

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