A New Years State of Mind

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New Years Day always feels monumental. A fresh start; another 365 days – 366, in this year’s case – to do beautiful and wasteful things with. Everyone begins hopeful: This is the year I’m going to lose ten pounds, keep it off. Spend less money and save more. Find my dream job. Write a book. Run a marathon. Buy a home. Pay off my loans. Cook more. Eat out less. Relax more. Worry less.

I make all these grand, blooming plans at each year’s start, too. It is the simplest time to start afresh because our minds like the chronology of it. This new year begins, I have a set amount of time to accomplish X, Y, and Z, and if I screw it up, there’s always next year. That’s the trap and simultaneous beauty of New Years. In actuality, we can all set up ambitious schemes for ourselves at any point throughout the year, throughout our lives. I forget this often. I forget that if I’m unhappy or complacent in certain situations – whether it be work, relationships, or home life – I don’t need to wait until January 1st to decide it’s time to modify certain aspects of my life and make changes.

While New Years is a festive, refreshing day, it’s also a day we should try to carry with us throughout the year, and not just keep as a bookend for the other 364 days. There is so much beauty, wonder, and enchantment in our world that we are able to transfer into beauty, wonder, and enchantment in our lives, that it is simply not fair to set aside one day a year to set fantastical intentions for ourselves. Each day and each breath we take is an opportunity to shift mindsets, make plans, and set resolutions to enhance this life. Today, I’m resolving to make plans and set goals, some lofty and some minute, all throughout this year and my following days and years. Explore, dream, create, travel, wonder, and do it all over again, all the time.

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John and I took these photos when were hiking Red Rock Canyon National Park outside Las Vegas earlier this week. We opted for the “2.5 mile difficult” route, which actually ended up being a 5-mile roundtrip hike to the top of Turtlehead Peak. Gorgeous, strenuous hike, and worth every view after spending four hours climbing, treading lightly, and hoping not to stumble or misstep.

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We climbed that! Up to the very tip-top!

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That white, splotchy stuff there? That’s snow. We were not expecting snow. It was chilly.

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We filled out the hiker log at the peak, complete with my favorite cheesy quote while John let his narrative-voice side fly.

Sweatshirt: The North Face // Leggings: Old Navy // Sneaks: Nike (Old: similar here) // Sunglasses: Target (Old: similar here)

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