2016 is here! I feel like every year around this time I have the same mantra: Let’s dream big again and blah blah blah. But for real this time, let’s do it. We can renew our minds, our hope and our thoughts. It’s as if we get an opportunity to reset and start over! How many of you can use a do-over in life? We may not be able to go back in time and change things (however if you’ve figured out how, please send me a message… thanks), but this is a good time to mentally make changes that will, in fact, change the way you do life.
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Let’s reconnect with God and the desires He has put in our hearts.
I moved to Hollywood with a dream in my heart to be an actress. Over the past 13 years I have been blessed with some amazing opportunities and some hurtful experiences. Although I could go for less of the hurtful experiences this year, I have to admit that both have taught me so much. Sometimes I get discouraged and doubtful about who I am and what I have to offer. Sometimes it’s hard to dream, or it hurts too much to hold onto that dream, for fear of failure.
Sometimes it feels as though the colors of my dreams have been dimmed by rejection, opposition and comparison. As a wise man (Theodore Roosevelt) once told me (he actually just said it out loud and someone wrote it down and then the Internet told me later), “Comparison is the thief of all joy.” This year, let’s remember that our journey is our own and that we are right where we are supposed to be. Let’s pick ourselves up and keep marching forward, keep taking risks and keep dreaming for amazing things.
What if that next idea that you dare to dream and put into action becomes the idea that blows up your spot and catapults you to the next level? You never know unless you try. Don’t be afraid to fail (says the girl who hates to fail so much that she would rather just watch another episode of Law & Order SVU that she’s already seen three times instead of writing a new joke that might end up being stupid).
Failure sucks! But it’s apparently part of the journey. We don’t get to avoid that part, but we do get to learn from it. A wise girl (me) once said to me, “In order to stare failure in the face and say, ‘you can’t have me,’ you have to get close enough for it to hear you.” Basically be brave and take risks! I believe in you! I believe in me. Let’s do this. 2016 here we come.