Oh, 2016, you are about to bring on a whole new way for me…

You are going to change me. You are going to make me better. More pleasant and more present. You are going to be filled with light, balance, and restoration. Your clean slate will allow me to grow, to forgive, and to learn. I will love, laugh, swim, jump, dance, create, read, downward dog, namaste, live, jam, and vibe with authenticity in your days.

At your end, I will have evolved. During your allotted days, you will give me time and space to stretch and touch new things; physically and mentally. I hope to gain flexibility to touch my head to my knees, as well as the patience to be more flexible with day to day life. I will also flirt with new hobbies, new thoughts, and new parts of my mind.  We are already three days into your 366 twenty-four hour time blocks we judge time by. In the past, this timeline would make me anxious. Seventy two hours spent getting to know you and I haven’t even tried a little bit to start on my resolutions for you…

Some of my resolutions are the same as they always are – to eat better (I’ve devoured fried appetizers and pizza during your past 3 days), to drink less (I started the first day of 2016 – your birthday, friend – with a mimosa …in celebration of you, of course;), to exercise more (I’m already 2 days behind in my yoga challenge) – but there are new resolutions, too. Resolutions that I’ve never made before, like giving myself a stress-free grace period before I dive deep into your pockets of time.

I have decided not count any days as the “new year” until tomorrow, January 4th, 2016. A Monday. When I will go back to work, when my travels for the year are complete, when the parties are over, and when I can pass on the morning champagne without feeling like I’m missing out on the festivities.

Tomorrow will be the official start of our relationship. You will remind me to be grateful of pleasures – big and small – everyday. I will take in the smells of my morning espresso. I will enjoy both the rain of the winter and the heat of the summer. I will recycle and reuse and keep mother nature close to me. I will work on remembering that Earth loves – and needs – me as much as I do her. I will treasure time spent with friends and family.

I will visit the beach more often because I know it’s hard to be upset with the ocean breeze blowing in my hair and the salt and sand on my skin.

This year I do resolve to eat better, drink less, and exercise more (all very physical driven resolutions) but I will also make a conscious effort to nurture my mind and spirit as well. I will read books that make me think about big things and books that let me escape reality for a while. I will dedicate more time to my blog, endlessly documenting my efforts of living a compassionate life and eating a compassionate diet. I will create and cultivate every day with your months as my maps and your seasons serving as my milestones.

You’re going to be a whole new way for me, 2016, and I can hardly wait to start the voyage.

As always, stay tuned and eat your greens.

** Note this blog went through a rebrand and is now veg vibes; which aligns better with the direction I organically gravitated towards. It’s all about your vibe **

3 thoughts on “2016

  1. Wow, this 2016 is a pretty lucky year, to be getting all these cool things from you πŸ™‚ Beautifully and eloquently written Ashley. And I’m glad you decided to give yourself a little break from the New Year’s resolutions until the first Monday of your work week. That’s logical…and what’s the big deal about 4 extra days of tomfoolery and reckless abandon? πŸ˜‰


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