Resolution.

•  31.December.2012

When I sit down to think about the new year and the resolutions that may come with it, I feel this degree of confidence as to what the next year MUST look like in ways I’ve never felt before. In the past I’d make resolutions that went something along the lines of : “floss daily” or “exercise 4-5 times per week” or “read more books” – all relatively valid aspirations in their own way, but nothing too inspiring or unique – nothing that might absolutely rock me to my core or lend to immense self growth.

2012 has been filled with adventure far beyond my wildest dreams, and every moment of the past year has been such a blessing. I’ve met people from around the world that make my heart happy, and whom remind me of the beauty of community, relational interaction, and friendship. I’m astonished by how small the world actually is when you take the time to invest in others, and value the biggest gift we have all been given : the gift of sharing. My dear friend Jayden said it so wisely as we drove amongst the massive gum tress in Australia, “what is life if you aren’t sharing it?”

Sharing our lives with one another – sharing our experiences, our fears, our dreams, our dinner tables, our warm homes – sharing in the beauty of comradeship. I’m so SO grateful for 2012 as it was the year where my eyes were REALLY opened to a world far beyond my reach, and a year where I realized that life is more precious than I could have ever imagined.

In the midst of this past year, I’ve learned A LOT from cultures other than my own. I learned in Dublin the thrill, importance and joy of celebrating life more often – daily actually. To take the time to relish in the simple pleasures of friendship; investing in time spent with the most important people in my life. In Paris, I learned as I never have before, the importance of simplicity. That breath of fresh/comforting air that comes with letting life be a little less complicated. The value of literally having less “stuff” (those Parisian’s make it work in REALLY small spaces you know!) and how much less intrusive and overwhelming life is when one invests in quality over quantity. In Atlanta, I learned the importance of living with intention. Living with a desire for things to be a certain way for a certain reason, rather than just floating along, allowing life to come at me as it will. To create not necessarily for just creating’s sake, but rather creating to shake, alter and challenge what already exists. Eating well & with intent because it makes me feel better; committing to certain projects/career choices because they will ultimately create a lifestyle that I can SUSTAIN; and find joy in for many years to come. And in Sydney, especially, I learned that if I keep fighting for what I believe exists (a career that I’m not only proud of, but deliriously happy with) you can create the life that you want.

I pray, wish and hope that my three resolutions (living with simplicity, being conscious of the joys of life more often & intentional actions) extend far beyond the next year, but rather rattle and alter those parts of my personality that create challenges for happiness. I know myself well enough to know that the inner workings of a perfectionist’s mind often permits things from just “BEING” but rather forcing things to be a certain way. I know this post may come off incredibly serious and in all actuality it kind of is. When you want a better life, when you want a life you are blissfully proud of, you kind of have to take that desire seriously – and I mean seriously from the perspective of actually working on creating change – not just saying it one day and forgetting about it the next. But rather telling those you love about the goals (in this case resolutions) you’ve set for yourself and holding yourself accountable when you are faltering on them. Allowing yourself grace and understanding when you fall short, but also committing to picking up where you left off when you get off track. I want nothing more than a life that is more simple, joyous and intentional and I plan to make 2013 the year where all of those things take up more space in my life.

Happy New Year dear friends. As always, I’m so grateful for your readership, friendship and encouragement. This blog is a big part of my life, and I so greatly appreciate you taking the time to read, comment, and interact with me through my blog. I wish you the very best with your own resolutions and I hope that you too are excited about what’s to come in the next year. Cheers and see you in 2013!

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31.December.2012

Wow. This is my last blog post I’m reading in 2012 (because I promised myself I’d close the computer and fully celebrate with family and friends) and I am so thankful for that. Serious, yes, but it is just what I needed to read. My intention for 2013 is to “embrace the possibilities” as I often get overwhelmed when I can’t know what happens next and prepare myself accordingly. Opportunity is such a good thing though, and it is meant to be appreciated. Incorporating your three resolutions into my 2013 will also serve me for the better. Thank you for all the inspiration you’ve shared through this blog. Happy, happy New Year to you! Wishing you the absolute best.

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jenn

Danielle, your comment absolutely made my new year. I really appreciate you taking the time to share how my resolutions might have an impact on your own intentions for the new year – WOW. I love hearing that you enjoy my blog and your kind comments keep me going! Thank YOU! Happy Happy New Year to you!

31.December.2012

What a lovely post — it’s my first time here, and this post is such an inspiring place to start. I love that the things you learned this year are sustainable through life, so your goals for the coming year are natural extensions of what you’ve gained. This year brought me an abundance of gifts, which I feel are like seedlings that I’ll continue to grow in the new year. There’s something deeply fulfilling about choosing to live a life that you can be excited about every single day. Cheers to a bright new year full of new adventures!

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jenn

Hi Joy! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog. So happy to hear that my resolution post was inspiring for you – that means so much to me! 2012 was such a transitional year and blessing and I have high hopes for 2013. Wishing you the best in your new year! Cheers!

31.December.2012

wow. this was a beautiful post and has really given me some perspective for my resolutions. thank you!

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jenn

Thank you so much Rita! I appreciate you taking the time to comment and say hello! All the best to you in the New Year!

love you lady and am so proud of you and grateful for your genuine friendship. 2013 is going to be so amazing for you!! we’re all in it together and i can’t wait to see you (and help you!) build your dreams! xo

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jenn

Cass! Thanks so so much for your kind comments. Your friendship also means the world to me. I can’t wait to work together in the coming year and your support is so so appreciated! xoxo!

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07.January.2013

My first time here and what a post! So inspiring. Just what I needed to hear today.

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