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Happiness Means Starting Over #weekendcoffeeshare

If we were having coffee, I’d wish you and yours a very happy and creative New Year. I’ll ask you how your year went and talk to you about the many things I didn’t achieve or complete in 2016 and  Some are personal, some blog related. Incomplete projects on this blog, almost abandoning the Write Tribe site in the last few months, missing my book reading target for the year, giving up my regular gratitude posts….just some of the ‘failures’ of 2016.  My word of the year for 2017 is ‘happy’ and happiness means starting over too.

Happiness Means Starting Over

Just yesterday, I came across a new blog – Christine Everyday – and loved her words about the New Year: “Don’t expect your life to change just because the year does. You have to make change for yourself.”
Yesterday, as I sat down to write my ‘vision for 2017’ and create my bullet journal (yes, I’m trying out a bujo this year), I realized that unlike past years, my feelings were of anticipation and not of regrets. Practicing gratitude and mindfulness have certainly helped me to go easy on myself and not beat myself up about things I didn’t achieve in the past year.

“Mindfulness, or the ability to be present with our experiences without the intrusion of so many old habits, cultivates our inner resources. And when we develop those resources we become not so defined by the things that are going on around us, and we’re more able to let go gracefully, we have a sense of grounded-ness, and I think that makes us very happy.” — Sharon Salzberg

I have many ideas for 2017, but I want to start over some unfinished projects on this blog.

1. My Happiness Project that I started in 2014 and shared here but abandoned
2. The Artist Way series that I started last year and didn’t complete
3. My #everydaygratitude posts.

I also want to create a lot more resourceful content here. I tried a few such posts last month and was happy with the response. In case you missed them, here they are:

1. 7 Ways to Find Joy at Work
2. 7 Simple Ways to Design Your Day
3. 7 Steps for Perfecting Your SEO Campaign
4. 7 Simple Everyday Habits For a Healthier Life

It does seem like I’m hung up on the #7 but believe me, it’s just a coincidence. 🙂

Be warned. You can expect a lot more posts from me this year.

Is there anything you would be starting over in 2017?

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  1. Esha Esha January 5, 2017

    I love the way you seem to take charge once again, despite the setbacks that came last year. I can relate to that only too well, Corinne. All the best with your plans for 2017. Look forward to more from you this year. Cheers 🙂

  2. Pamela Morse Pamela Morse January 3, 2017

    These are great goals. The Artist’s Way is a lifelong pursuit ..I have not done the program, but know a little bit about it. Anything that spurs creativity is a good thing. Happy New Year! Thanks for the coffee

  3. Menaka Bharathi Menaka Bharathi January 3, 2017

    Oh Corinne if you have missed something I can see you helping out so many kids with their education. I have loved you for that and thanked you profusely for your efforts to bring about a life change for those kids. I always have felt that the energy within us guides us and if you have been doing something that was not planned, it was because your subconscious mind guided you to that. I wish you have a lovely, meaningful and a satisfying year ahead. Wish you loads and loads of success in your goals.

  4. MALINY MALINY January 2, 2017

    We all are humans and we might not be able to keep with every thing we start. I hope you have a wonderful year ahead, Corinne where you are able to finish every new project you intend to start and follow. I hope I can join you in atleast a few of them. Also, you are doing great with regards to Write Tribe on Facebook. I look forward to one group with sheer eagerness and that one is Write Tribe 🙂

  5. Ramya Abhinand Ramya Abhinand January 2, 2017

    Agree Corinne. New year is the time to relook those pending things and projects and give it a start. I have many of them too.. and hoping this year I am able to complete it all.

    Wishing u a great year ahead.

  6. Angel Stew & Devil's Brew Angel Stew & Devil's Brew January 2, 2017

    I don’t make resolutions but I do set goals for myself. If I obtain them great, if not, that’s okay too. It’s not the end of the world. I love a new year and all of the surprises waiting around the corners. I always expect wonderful surprises. Sometimes I get them. Sometimes not but I’m just happy for the life. This life. – Happy New Year Corinne!

  7. Alana Alana January 2, 2017

    I rarely make resolutions or goals. If think about why, I think a lot of it stems from suddenly losing a parent when I was a preteen. That was a hard lesson in realizing just quickly and permanently life can change in an instant. do have too many unfinished projects, and I will cheer for you as you take up some of your blogging loose ends and head towards completion. Good luck.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | January 2, 2017

      I completely understand, Alana. In the initial years of our marriage, we too had a lot of unexpected setbacks, that made us not want to plan anything. That really goes against the grain for my husband. I’m learning to get organized from him and he’s learning to let go from me.
      Thank you for your support – always.

  8. Betty Louise Betty Louise January 2, 2017

    Good luck in finding succes and happiness. Happy Newyearand a weekpleasant

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | January 2, 2017

      Happy New Year to you too, Betty Louise. Thank you for stopping by.

  9. Laurel Regan Laurel Regan January 1, 2017

    I love having a fresh new year in which to start over. I was hard on myself for awhile for not achieving everything on my 50 by 50 list, but decided to look on what I DID accomplish as a success and move on from there. Here’s to a happy and productive 2017!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | January 2, 2017

      Yes, no matter what people say about New Year, it’s hard not to get excited about a chance to start over. Here’s to us being easier on ourselves and accomplishing what’s important in 2017.

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