It is still slightly unreal to actually think that we are in 2016. I remember when Y2K was a thing. Now it’s 2016, and we are only advancing and in some aspects, regressing, as a society. 2015 proved to be a trying year for our country, but in my own personal life, it was a year of new beginnings and the completion of accomplishments. I am looking into the unknown that is 2016 with anxious, giddy expectation. I am looking at myself, realizing that if anything is going to happen this year, it will require me to show up, to be present. So, here a few of the promises I am making to myself in 2016.

I promise to…

Be healthy!

I can’t take over with the sniffles. The body, the hair, the skin…it’s not going to just happen. I have to put in the work. So I promise to feed it REAL food, exercise at least twice a week, and moisturize the heck out of my hair!

Make that money honey!

I need to do better with my finances. I would like to actually be able to retire one day. As for the right now, the next time Virgin America has a sale, I want to be able to partake. I want my career to advance in a direction that is pleasing to me. I want my creative businesses to grow, become successful, and start to bring in revenue. Time to get all my ducks in a row and befriend a good financial adviser. We’re bringing in the big dogs around here!

Volunteer more.

I want to be more involved in my community. I want to volunteer more. I may join Meet-Ups that do specifically that. I also have a community service project I would like to get up and running this year. That is something I will be working on heavily in the early months of 2016. I am blessed with so much. It’s time to give back.

Get my passport stamps, because I NEEEED more passport stamps!

This year, I’m going to be a passport stamp junkie. You going somewhere? So am I. I want and need those stamps and I’ll do just about anything to get them. It sounds crude, but traveling is such an eye-opening experience. I learn so much about who I am, what I like and what I don’t, with every trip- big or small. I love seeing and experiencing new environments, and I’m ready for 2016 to give that to me. 6 stamps by the end of year. Ready? Let’s go!Q

Be gentle with myself.

I am my worst critic. I am still kicking myself for things I did wrong in 2014. This year, I’m leaving my baggage at the threshold of 2016 and crossing over without it. I will not beat myself up for bad decisions or mistakes made along the way to greatness. I will change the lenses I view my life through. All things are either a victory or a learning moment. No more beating myself up. Just learn from my mishaps and keep it pushing.

Lastly, but most importantly….

Be closer to Him.

I want to pray more. I want to read my bible more. I want to have a better relationship with Jesus Christ. I can do nothing of importance without him, and everything of any significance with him. This relationship must grow for me to be able to grow in 2016.

So that’s it. I promise to be fearless this year. I promise to stay consistent. I promise to do all things with and in love. When we look back at this list in 2017, my hope is that I was successful in all these areas and more.


What are your 2016 goals/resolutions/promises? Share in a comment below. I’d love to share in your dreams.


xoxo, Panda