Look Forward, Not Back

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Hi there, Lovelies! It has been a few short weeks since writing last, and already we are in a new year. As cliche as it sounds, this year FLEW by, and like many of you reading this, I couldn’t help but look back at the past 365 days. Memes were everywhere about how awful 2016 was, and to be completely honest, it wasn’t the best for me either. I had to undergo surgery, was diagnosed with endomitriosis, and because of all this, Erick and I didn’t get to travel like we wanted to.

But then I stopped. I realized something that wasn’t ever shared on a meme or an update. Too often in life we highlight the negative. We are quick to judge a book by it’s cover (figuratively and literally), quick to spot differences instead of similarities, and quick to put others, and ourselves, down instead of building each other up.

If your 2016 was less than spectacular, here’s what I want you to do; I want you to envision the 361 days ahead and think of them as 361 new opportunities to accomplish your goals, be happy, find love, or do whatever else it is want with your future. If you do look back, instead of feeling disappointed about what didn’t happen, think of what can still be done.

If you notice there are certain triggers that cause your negative thoughts (a trigger can be a place, certain emotion, or even a person), try your best to avoid and eventually replace that trigger. For example, if you’re certain emotion is loneliness, try reaching out to a friend and grabbing a hot coffee or tea. The warmth from the cup always seems to warm my heart a little, and good conversation is nice, too. 🙂  Or, handwrite and mail a letter! Receiving an unexpected surprise in the mail puts a smile on my face every time. Feeling really bold and open to new things? Adopting a furry friend could be a great help, too. My cat, Luna, always seems to know when I need a few extra snuggles.

2017 is a blank slate that YOU have control of. In the days ahead, NEVER lose sight of what you are thankful for. Life is going to happen. You will have bad days, but you can also look past the bad to find the good. Yes, I had surgery, and yes, it really sucked! But, now I have a diagnosis, can get adequate treatment,  and today I am feeling much better than I was! Instead of looking back, I challenge you to look forward… and if you do have to look back, I hope it is to see what you can change to make 2017 the best year yet!

Happy New Year!

Faith & Love Always,

Anna Alyse

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