Let me start this out by wishing everyone the happiest of New Year’s!!! I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve. I’m writing this on New Year’s Eve, so I can’t tell you how mine has gone yet, but it’s a pretty safe bet that I’ve spend it chilling at home with my mini zoo of furry friends. ? I’m not usually one for much in the way of celebration, resolutions or even reflection this time of year…or anytime really! This year though, I thought I would at least think back at 2016 and actually make note of things that I feel I have changed for the better throughout the year. I never make resolutions so I can’t tell you if I’ve kept them, but I do think I notice some changes in myself that I’m feeling good about! ☺️

Probably the biggest change I’ve noticed is that I seem to be a more positive person than I used to be. I’m not certain that this began in just 2016, but I definitely see a huge difference from the incredibly sarcastic person that I used to be. Don’t get me wrong, I am still ridiculously sarcastic, but I don’t feel I take it to the same overwhelming, all-encompassing extreme that I used to. Last year around this time I do remember making a conscious effort to try to find at least one good thing in every day. I actively did that for maybe a month or two – I even wrote things down – but, like most resolution-type ideas, the novelty wore off. That’s part of the reason I don’t bother much with conscious resolutions. ? Despite not focusing on being more positive after a while, I think I still managed to somehow change my attitudes towards things to a more positive outlook. I’ve always considered myself an optimist disguised as a sarcastic realist…or even pessimist if you prefer. ? I would joke about the worst, yet always assume the best outcome would prevail. I now feel as though I try to point out the good parts of even the worst situations. Obviously I can’t always do that, but I don’t shroud everything in a sarcastic veil of ironic doom and gloom. I am genuinely so glad to say that! I feel like on a day to day basis I am a happier person…and probably more pleasant to be around. ? If I have accomplished nothing else in life, I think this may be one of my greatest achievements. ?


Another thing I’m very happy to notice a positive difference with is how much I compare myself to others. And this is more in a blog/social media kind of way. Like most bloggers, I have gone through phases of worrying about how many followers I have or how many comments I receive (which I am the worst at actually replying to – definitely something to work on more this year). I know there’s really no point in this, but it almost seems like a right of passage for bloggers. It’s rare that I look at any of my numbers – be it followers, hits, likes, what-have-you. In a sense, I don’t care…and that’s not to say I don’t care about anyone following me, reading my posts, interacting with me, etc. I care so much more than you all could probably ever know, but this blog is something that should make me happy. Yes, I hope others enjoy it as well, but if I’m not enjoying it, why would anyone else? And numbers aren’t anywhere near as important as the friendships I’ve made and the quality of my content (granted, that isn’t always stellar, but I’m human and that’s ok!). I have been so happy to get involved more with the cruelty free community, especially the #cfbloggers chats on Twitter (which I’m desperately missing by the way!). I feel like I’ve found a little home in this giant scary online world and that means the world to me, not the nameless, faceless, and pretty much meaningless numbers.


Moving on to some things that I would like to improve in 2017 – not resolutions exactly because they’re more lifestyle/attitude changes that I would like to actually stick with. ? I think the first, and most stereotypical thing that I want to work on is getting back into shape. Not lose weight so to speak, but regaining my strength. I know I can do it because I was doing well with regularly working out until around Christmas time last year. Some serious family health issues got in the way and making the time and finding the importance of exercise dwindled quickly. I had also been getting sick of my workouts for a while, but I remained disciplined enough to keep going…for a while. I got back to a bit here and there in 2016, but I fell and seriously injured my tailbone sometime in late Spring/early Summer, preventing me from exercising for at least a month or two. Getting back in the habit was so tough. I also became increasingly wrapped up in the US Presidential election coverage and didn’t want to miss anything. Sad but true. ? There were plenty of half-assed attempts at getting back to it, along with a great effort that was derailed by nothing other than the actual Presidential election results. That threw me off with so many things. Since then, I’ve been too preoccupied to think much about exercise. I want to change that. Like I said, not so much a resolution as it is a lifestyle change that I’ve been wanting to get back to for quite a while now. I’m not pressuring myself to do anything in particular other than exercise. It can be light yoga, or an hour of cardio. Whatever I can muster the energy to do. And I’m not aiming for any real physical changes. I would like to at least get back to where I was fitness and muscle-wise, but I’m not trying to lose weight (I’m already underweight) or change my appearance. A tighter butt would be great though! ? I just need to stop finding excuses to keep from doing it.


As far as blogging/social media goes, I want to get back to it. As you may have noticed, I’ve kind of disappeared the past few months. It’s always difficult around the Holidays just for time reasons, but I also just plain burned out. I couldn’t think of anything to write and when I would try, I would just blankly stare at my computer screen desperate for anything. This time off has helped a lot and I’m beginning to feel like I may be able to get back to more regular posting. I find ideas coming to me again, or thoughts of “how can I write about that for the blog?” entering my mind again. It’s a good feeling. I’m trying to get back into at least checking Twitter daily, though I’m not quite there yet. I really miss the #cfbloggers chats and have considered the idea of helping Vivi (@Sammy_Sans on Twitter) to get them going regularly again. If anyone is interested in helping or joining in in any way, let us know as any and all help is greatly appreciated. I agreed to help out and have been a complete and utter failure! ? But it is certainly something that I want to change.


In addition to blogging and Twitter, I want to get more involved on Instagram too. I have gone through phases with it in the past, but I put so much pressure on myself to make everything look a certain way that I just give up. I also tend to want to go through my entire feed every time I open the app and that is just totally unrealistic. I have to accept that I’m going to miss some things and that is 100% ok. I need to just let go and post whatever is interesting or relevant to me and/or the blog for that moment in time. If it’s not perfect, that’s more than ok. Nothing is ever perfect, so why would my Instagram feed be? It won’t. So I need to let loose a bit. ? I may venture into Snapchat more as well, but honestly I rarely feel like I have anything worthy of sharing. I don’t do a whole lot and my cats are really not that entertaining. Even if I just get more involved with Insta by liking and commenting on other people’s posts, that’s a great improvement for me.


So there you have my mini wrap-up of 2016 and some “lifestyle” changes I want to work on in 2017. There are some blog related things that I’m considering changing, or at least tweaking as well, but nothing that’s concrete in my mind yet. Let me know what you’ve gotten up to on New Year’s Eve, how you’re spending New Year’s Day and how you feel about the former and now current year! It’s always interesting to hear how other people fared in the past year and what they’re looking forward to in the upcoming year. I would be remiss if I didn’t say thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your love and support. It truly means the world to me and I love you all so, so much. ? I hope 2017 will be your best year yet and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you!!! ?

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