"I want to be happy. Like, seventy to eighty percent of the time.
I want to be actively, thoughtfully happy."
- Landline, Rainbow Rowell
There's something about the changing of calendars that reminds us of new beginnings. Call it what you will but I love that we are given metaphorical blank slates to fill with more stories and memories. Happy new year, folks! I hope you had a great time welcoming the new year with the people you love. ❤
This year, by God's grace, I will:
actively pursue happiness • discover more • explore more • create more • make better and wiser decisions • say what I mean and mean what I say • cherish true friendships • go on more adventures • show the same, if not more, amount of love and support as others have shown me • be kind than be right • read good books • watch good movies • waste no time on bad books and movies • display more gratitude • create better stories • fall in love
And because a new year isn't a new year without a wish from Neil himself:
Be kind to yourself in the year ahead.
Remember to forgive yourself, and to forgive others. It's too easy to be outraged these days, so much harder to change things, to reach out, to understand. Try to make your time matter: minutes and hours and days and weeks can blow away like dead leaves, with nothing to show but time you spent not quite ever doing things, or time you spent waiting to begin. Meet new people and talk to them. Make new things and show them to people who might enjoy them.
Hug too much. Smile too much. And, when you can, love.