Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending

– Maria Robinson

This past week I’ve been reflecting a lot about the past year and the newness* that’s ahead. 2011 was a trying year for me but as with everything there is beauty in all struggle. I’ve learned more about myself than I have in any other year. I was pushed to my limits and beyond, but I remained myself through it all. I am excited to welcome this new year with much optimism and hopefulness. Every morning when I wake up I feel like the world is mine. And that’s no Miss Badu quote, that’s truth. It’s all about how much you put out to get yourself to where you want to be. I feel that in this new year my determination will only keep escalating until I reach my full potential. Then when I’m there, set higher standards.

As far as resolutions, I want to read more books in this new year. Over the summer I was commuting from NJ to NY every other day and had so much more down time to read. Whether it be on the train or at my favorite park in Dumbo, BK I always had a book with me. Once fall started I lost my passion due to all the work I had with school and most of all the time.  I definitely want to spend more time in bookstores and getting back to my passion for reading.

Going to more art galleries and museums is a must as well! I love art and it inspires me so much. I want to continue to channel my creative side and explore more of the arts.

Also, I want to start smiling more often to strangers. Lol..If it sounds strange to you, try it! It’s such a quick boost of happiness 🙂 It’s really determined to make you feel better AND the best accessory right next to confidence of course 😉  

2012 I welcome you with hope, love, determination, courage, confidence, and lots of bright smiles.