I’m not entirely sure what this new year holds for me, but I’m certainly seeking new beginnings. I’ve always wanted to make a blog, so I could have a way of sharing my thoughts with others. Not only just that, but maybe if I continue on with it, I can look back and see the incredible things I’ve done or, the things I have yet to work on. Even for the time being, I sure do have a lot to work on. I know we all do, but if I’m self-reflecting for the moment, I think it’s important to address the things that need a little maintenance on my part.

Just keep going.

I know the feeling of the walls caving in. When you set a goal in mind but it comes crashing down on you. There’s always that little voice in your head that is wanting to tear you down in any way it can. I have to find my own voice and know I can do anything I set my mind to. This is one of the things I’ve struggled with because it’s easier said than done. Sometimes it can be scary leaping for something all on your own. It’s quite the learning experience, and I have to remind myself the end goal may not be in sight just yet, but it could be just around the corner. I won’t know unless I keep going to find out.

You’re not always right.

Okay, McKenzie, this is going to be a hard one for youΒ to admit to yourself. I’m not always right… that was hard. I’m honestly not someone you’ll find in a conflict and I absolutely will avoid any confrontation (if I can help it). But can I just ask, has anyone been in an argument with someone even if you knew you weren’t right? After the argument, I would feel so bad about my intentions and why it was so important to me to get the very last word. I know I don’t get a medal or trophy at the end of the argument. I need to admit to my faults when I’m wrongΒ because it’s really not worth any hurt feelings.

It’s okay to say, “No”.

Another hard one for me. Some say I’m too nice, I’m easily manipulated, and not very intimidating. I see all of these things, but in my heart, I just care too much. I’d rather say, “Yes”, than disappoint anyone in the end. Β But this year, I need to learn when it’s okay to say, “No”. I’ve always been told, ‘You can’t please everyone.’, but I’ve always tried to. I also need to learn when to put my feelings first. It may sound a bit selfish, but there are times in life when it’s important to put yourself first. I’m learning that now. I have such a beautiful life but I want it to be the most fulfilling it can be, as well.

All in all, this year is full of possibilities. Although the world has a lot going on, so does each and every person. It’s always a good thing to self-reflect and set goals to be better in any way we can. I hope this inspires someone and if someone is struggling with self-grow, to know they are not alone. It’s definitely going to be a long road ahead, each day is going to be a journey in itself. But the hardest part is simply starting. So if you can do just that, you’re well on your way.

33 Replies to “Here’s to New Beginnings”

    1. I agree! It sounds so simple, but it’s probably the hardest goal to follow. Have a great new year πŸ™‚

    1. Such great advice! I hope we all can ‘just keep going’ towards our goal! Happy new year! πŸ™‚

    1. It’s all about learning and growing as a person. Hope you have a fantastic new year, Narhee! πŸ™‚

  1. I relate SO MUCH to number 1. Sooo much. This year I want to really get over some of those nagging voices I have in regards to a couple of things and just DO THEM and keep going with the plans I have laid out for the year. And saying no…I’ve been getting better about that!

    First time visiting your blog and I love it! Definitely subscribing! (P.S. love your hair and your style!!)

      1. Exactly! I love your mindset! YAY! I love meeting people who have similar interests, especially when it comes to books! And thank you so much, you are the sweetest! πŸ™‚

  2. I really like your point about not always being right. I’m not even that confident in my own knowledge or wisdom, but STILL find myself getting stubborn during discussions. I want to learn to take a step back, examine my own biases and learn new things!

  3. Happy new year! Love your post, I can really relate to the “just keep going”. I think this one you can relate back to all kind of things whether it’s facing rejection or going after something you really want. Definitely going to change that mind set of mine.


  4. What a nice post! Welcome to blogging, and I definitely couldn’t tell that you just started out. It’s absolutely gorgeous! Feel free to stop by my site and I’d love if we can follow each other on Bloglovin! <3 Just let me know!
    Have a happy weekend! xoxo

    Joanne | With Risa: A Lifestyle Blog

  5. It seems like there are so many things you want to achieve and look into within yourself this year. Congrats on starting a blog, and welcome to the blogisphere! πŸ™‚ Blogging is an amazing way to keep track of your life and your accomplishments, as well as struggles and friendships. Happy New Year!!

    Hiro x http://twistedpaths.org

  6. So beautifully written and I couldn’t agree more about these resolutions/goals. I am the same, I need to say “no” more, but since I try to avoid confrontation at all costs, I just keep silent which only makes things worse! Glad I’ve discovered your blog (loooove your hair btw!) Here’s to an awesome 2018! xx

    Naya // http://www.partyparrotblog.com

  7. I love the look of your blog, lovely! It has such an airy & light feel to it and I’m in love <3 I've just moved to WordPress and I'm still learning my way around it / tweaking things.
    Love the points you covered and the thoughts you have about the past as well as the new mindset for the future. Especially, the one about not being right all the time. That's a tough one to admit to ourselves but it's so liberating too! Honesty with ourselves is key πŸ™‚
    Happy new year!
    xox Nadia

  8. It’s not easy, especially when it’s the way you’ve been your entire life but that’s the beauty of it, evolving and becoming a better version of yourself every day. Some people will always try to take advantage but it’ll be easier to stop them out with time. Stay strong. All the best Mel Xo

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