So it’s the start of another new year. I’m not usually one for resolutions but this is something that has been on my mind for quite a while. I have always had the passing idea of starting my own blog. I felt like I have a lot to say, but I wasn’t sure if anyone would want to hear it. I would get this urge to write time and time again, but I would push it down. The thing is that this blog was having none of that. No matter how hard I tried, it was always in the back of my mind trying to burst forth. So I finally gave in and here we are, my first blog post.

This has never been my favorite time of year. There are two kinds of people, those that love New Year’s and see it as a fresh start, and those who feel depressed and anxious about what life has in store. I’ve always been more of a glass half empty kind of gal. The holidays are over and the sky turns this miserable shade of gray that seems to last for months. Like I said I’m a regular ray of sunshine.

In the last few years I have tried to find ways to combat the wintertime blues. I am not an outdoor/cold-weather person so I try to find many events or activities to participate in so that January and February don’t feel like they will never end. It tends to be a good time to get together with friends now that the holiday craziness has ended. Trying to stay social is key. That does not come naturally to me so it does take quite an effort not to turn into a hermit until the spring thaw.

Like I said before, I am not usually one for resolutions, but since I’m already doing one new thing out of my comfort zone maybe I should make a few and see how it goes. 1. Obviously the first thing is to successfully start this blog. Even if no one else reads it, I want to make a conscious effort to post and let out my thoughts and ideas. 2. I want to set a reachable goal of reading 50 books this year. I have a never ending reading list that I don’t dedicate nearly enough time to. Let’s see if I can change that. 3. I want to try to be even more open-minded and to really try to see things from different perspectives. It’s easy to get lost in anger or self-righteousness and block yourself off from a learning experience. 4. I will continue to work on being comfortable in my own skin. I will try to embrace all of me, the flaws and the beauty. I need to let go of trying to fit into the mold of what society deems acceptable and stay true to who I am. This is a daily battle that I will continue to work on probably for the rest of my life.

Some of these resolutions should work out pretty well. Some of these resolutions I will have to work hard on every day. I will give myself permission to be OK with doing my best, and even if I don’t succeed every day, I can still get back up and try again.

Thank you to those of you who are reading this. I hope you join me on this journey as I write about anything and everything that pops into my head. Who knows where this blog will take me? I sure as hell don’t, but I hope you join me for the ride.

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