My Year of Yes

As a New Yorker, a blogger, a woman, an entrepreneur, and as a human being... I've been seriously slacking. For the past few years I’ve been so bogged down by trying to fit into a preconceived notion of what my life should look like, I've completely denied myself the opportunity to find my groove, my rhythm. I want need to open myself up to new experiences. To play. To laugh. To cry. To feel. To grow. To exist. I've been so busy trying to squeeze my massive octagonal personality into a tiny square mold, that I'm starting to lose the parts of myself I love the most. What happened to that girl who had a passion for life and a hunger to fill up her calendar with exciting events? What happened to that girl that wanted to do it all? Where did she go?

Here’s a pondering for you: Why aren't we giving as much attention and focus to our personal goals as we give to our career goals? Have we completely lost the ability to feed our souls as well as our mouths?

I'm tired of saying yes to obligations and no to fun. I’m done simply surviving. I feel like I'm missing out on all the wonderful things that life has to offer (especially in this city), and it’s got to stop.

That's why I'm implementing a YEAR OF YES. I need to jumpstart my taste for life, love, and happiness in a big way. I need to set big personal goals and remind myself that I can do it ALL. I want to fill my life to the brim with travel, food, fashion, music, laughter, fitness, and all the things that REALLY make me happy. I'm saying yes to it all.

Want to attend this free event in the city? YES. Want to learn how to cook squid? YES. Want to attend a wedding in the mountains? YES YES YES YES. Yes to anything and everything that excites me.

Yes to It All!

As summer comes to an end and we’re officially entering fall, I feel like now is the perfect time for me to set new goals and review my life’s resolutions. To hell with January 1st - this is the start of MY YEAR. And there’s a few reasons for that.

You see, friends, fall is my most favorite season. I absolutely adore the crisp air, the beautiful colors in the world around me, the amazing smells of sweet & spicy treats, the coming of all my favorite Indian & Western holidays, and a chance to make big changes.

As the leaves turn from green to shades of orange, yellow, red, and brown I often find myself changing as well. After a summer of pure relaxation and reflection, the time has come to make big decisions that will most definitely affect my future. Just like the trees around me, I’m ready to shed my past, work through a hard cold winter, and come out on the other side as a bigger, better, stronger version of myself.

Autumnal Love

For me, autumn is a time to reevaluate where I’m at and where I’m headed. It’s the time of the year when I feel most like myself - and if you’re going to reexamine your goals, you really ought to do it when you feel most comfortable in your own skin.

So here I am, ready to tackle it all. I’m ready for a year of yes. And I hope you are too! I’d love to hear about some of your life goals, your biggest dreams, and all the things that make you EXCITED about the future. Drop your ‘new year’ resolutions in the comments below!

Sending you pumpkin pies and all the love in my heart, xx Nikbear

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