Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017: The Year of Authenticity

Good Morning, 2017. 
We are welcoming the New Year in the mountains, with rainy weather, fire in the fireplace, & hot coffee. It's the perfect way to say hello to the next 365 adventures we are about to embark on. 

Earlier this morning I read "A 2016 Letter to Myself" which I had written around this time last year. If we are speaking from a honest place this morning, I'm actually surprised with how accurate I was with my hopes, wishes, and goals. Usually they are just that..Hopes & Wishes. But I felt confident about 2016 and knew the exact direction I wanted to go in; and damn does it feel good to be sitting here the first morning of 2017 feeling a sense of accomplishment from the year that just passed. Never have I actually done what I set out to do within a New Year Resolution. 

My New Year Resolution for this last year was simple.FEARLESS. That is all I wanted - to be completely fearless. It wasn't easy though. The scared, anxious part of me was having a hard time letting go of the fears I had. I struggled with letting go of the constant need for control on every situation and moment of my life. And I began to learn how to go with the flow. It's amazing how much can change in 365 Days, isn't? To see how different my world is since last year began and how my world is now that 2017 is beginning. Life is a silly, unexpected thing.

Word of the Year: Authentic

Authentic; Real, True, Genuine, Raw.

I've been reading a book that talks about practicing Grace. I have a post all about this book coming up soon. In this book it discusses when you learn to have Grace with yourself and the people around you - You end up finding a place of being completely Authentic. This is something that I've been beginning to work on: Being my Authentic Self.

This last year I truly feel like I have grown into a much better version of Ashlee than I have ever been before. I've grown as a person in more ways than I'd ever imagine. And I believe it's because of letting go of caring about who I feel I am SUPPOSED to be. I've let go of trying to live by doing what others expect of me so that I can make them happy. The insecurities I've had has a person, wife, sister, daughter, friend, professional have begun to wash away in the last few months of 2016. I am more  myself than I have ever been. And because of this, I feel it's only fitting to make my word of 2017: Authentic. 

Here is to you - 2017 - Another year to Grow, Learn, Love, Laugh, Be Fearless, and Being my Authentic Self. Let's do this!!

"This above all: to thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day. Thou canst not then be false to any man." 

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