A new year and a new way

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 and live with authenticity in your days.

At your end, I will have evolved. During your year 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 touch new hobbies, new thoughts, and new parts of my mind.  We are already three days into your 365 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, 2016, and I have not tried even a little bit to start on my resolutions for you…

Some of my resolutions are the same as they always are – eat better (I’ve devoured fried appetizers and pizza during your past 3 days), drink less (I started the first day of 2016, your birthday, with a mimosa …in celebration of you, of course;), 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 (almost) year long relationship. You will remind me to be grateful of pleasures – big and small – everyday. I will take in the smells of my morning espresso and look forward to the first iced coffee of the summer. 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 the cute baby giggles I hear and 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 will resolve to continuously 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 as my body. 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.

I will create blog posts and short stories, yummy recipes and memories with loved ones.  I will cultivate my relationships and good, healthy habits. You’re going to be a whole new way for me, 2016, and I can hardly wait to start the voyage.


♡ Ashley


3 thoughts on “A new year and a new way

  1. Wow, this 2016 is a pretty lucky year, to be getting all these cool things from you 🙂 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? 😉


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