Forward and Back

Almost every culture celebrates the beginning of a New Year. A New Year represents the chance to try again, start over or begin something new. As we prepare for 2016 and 366 days await us with promise, I also encourage you to take a few minutes to acknowledge what 2015 has given you. As we anticipate what is to come, it is equally important to acknowledge where we have been. Was this a year that answered questions in your life or was it a year that was full of questions you hope to answer in 2016. I am thankful for the community I have developed via this site and the opportunities I have been given in my life. I wish for each of you adventure, friendship and love,strength and peace as you approach the year ahead. Remember that anything is possible! The Beginning  

Here are some of my favorite posts from the past year! Before you leave, check one of them out. 

Are You Existing or Living? 

My Gratitude Practice Has Changed Me

What Is Self Care? 

How To Say No

How To Take A Deep Breath

When Does Judging Make One A Mean Girl

Grief Sneaks Up On You and The Real Reason I Cried Over a Basketball Game

How To Start A Journal Practice 

Let Go Of Perfection 

How To Plan A Friendcation

It’s Not Too Late to Reach Your Peak

When You Have More Things Than You Need

Be Responsible For The Energy That You Bring

Here’s to 2016. Come join me for more inspiration and motivation in 2016!

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  1. Chrissy Z. on December 31, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Wonderful thoughts – so inspiring! 2015 was truly a good one for us and I am hoping 2016 will be even better! Happy New Year, friend, so glad our blogging paths met this past year! xxx

  2. Stephanie Vargas on December 31, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I rarely take the time to look back on the year at New Years, and I’m glad you encouraged this thought process. I am now feeling thankful for the success I had over this past year. Starting a blog, putting myself out there in a way I have never done before. 2015 was good, and for me gave me a lot to look forward to in 2016.

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 2, 2016 at 7:23 am

      You’ve done a lot of things in 2015 Stephanie! I feel it’s so important to give yourself credit for what you’ve accomplished. Happy New Year!

  3. Kim Munoz on December 31, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Very inspiring! Looking forward to following along in the new year!

  4. Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet on January 1, 2016 at 8:45 am

    I totally agree! It is so important to look back on the year to see the journey 🙂 Happy New Year!

  5. Anne @ Love the Here and Now on January 1, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I love seeing progress and looking at how I have grown or adjusted my sails if needed. The journey is every bit as important, oftentimes MORE important, than the destination. So happy that 2015 connected us! Looking forward to enjoying 2016 and following your journey!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 2, 2016 at 7:21 am

      Thank you Anne! I so agree that the journey is often where we learn about ourselves and the destination is simply where we land. I’m blessed to have found you and your blog and can’t wait for 2016!

  6. Christine Everyday on January 1, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Loved these posts this year! Here’s to an even more awesome 2016!

  7. Liz Jo on January 2, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Definitely agree! Sitting and remember all of what we’ve been blessed with in the 2015 year and welcoming that in the 2016 is important. I’ve been incredibly blessed, and to start another chapter in my life is exciting.

    liz @ sundays with sophie

  8. Charlotte on January 6, 2016 at 10:33 am

    I love this post and I love the thought that before you file
    one year away to embrace the new, it’s important to reflect on what was. I wish
    you all the best for a happy and sweet 2016—I hope it’s off to a great start
    for you already :)

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