Happy 2017, everyone! Today on A Style Study we’re celebrating not only a new year and a new month, but also a brand-new blog design. To make a long story short, I’ve been itching to shake things up here on my little Internet home, and decided there was not better way to ring in a new era sorts than with a fresh, streamlined look. The changes won’t just be surface-level, however: Be on the lookout for fresh, more honest content hitting these pages in the coming weeks.
With logistics out of the way, let’s get down to this New Years business. As last weeks post hinted, I’m not one for super-formal “resolutions.” With that said, some December 31st I found myself reflecting on 2016 and the positive and negative patterns that made their mark throughout the years. While I’m keeping the less-happy stuff to myself (for now, at least), one of the biggest consistencies I noticed was that my happiest moments were those when I was reaching out, exploring new things and connecting with people. Experiences like meeting Jordan Younger of The Balanced Blonde, attending HerConference, and so much more were a huge part of why 2016 was a great year for me- no matter what the headlines read.
Now, if I’m being honest, 2017 promises to be a banner year for me no matter what. By this time next year, I’ll have completed my senior project (details soon!), graduated high school, and started college. While I could just sit back and let this wave of change take me, I’m also committing to creating my own fun. Whether that means going to more fun events, meeting new people, or exploring unknown places, I’m promising to seize opportunities to do what makes me happy. My Type-A, work-driven personality means that this won’t always be easy, but this year I’m putting fun at the top of my priority list, and not letting it drop.
As someone who likes to work in increments, I’m aware that a huge part of making 2017 a positive year will also stem from my monthly manifestations. In December, I made a serious effort to stick to my mantra of “believe,” and I felt it make a big difference in my attitude throughout the 31 days. But while last month’s motto was inspired by the holiday season, my January commitment came to me on the yoga mat. Indeed, a couple days ago I was going through a quick practice when the instructor started talking about “sukha” (soo-ka), a Sanskrit word whose roots literally translate to “good place.” Hearing the teacher talk about finding the sukha both in and out of our yogic practice inspired me to spend January cultivating a “good place” in my own life. My decision to stick with this idea stemmed from the first reading in Yoga 365, which emphasizes the importance of creating a strong foundation in our relationships, work, and more. This January, then, will be my foundation, the month when I start creating patterns, habits, and actions that form the base of a positive 2017. What will those actions, habits, and patterns be? I’m not quite sure yet, but in time I trust that through trial and error they will reveal themselves in time.
What are your commitments for the New Year? What about January? Let me know below, and be sure check back on Thursday for a new post!