See Yourself with New Eyes by Emily Lewin

design The transition from an old retiring year to a new fresh year is an opportunity.  Hindsight is, as they say, 20/20 and often by the end of the year we've gained perspective on both our highs and lows from the preceding twelve months. We then have the opportunity to apply our newfound insight to the coming year in the way we see ourselves and our potential. Most people start the year with big goals and resolutions, but few finish the year still acting out those new practices. Why is that?

One reason may be a lack of candor. Candor is being open and honest, straight forward but not mean, real and authentic. Usually, we see where we want to be and our perceived distance from our goal and we set huge resolutions to get ourselves there, but we fail to see who we are, and how we function best, and so miss the opportunity to set ourselves up for success. What if we were to be really honest, and use candor, to look at our past year and then apply what we find to our future year through the lens of hope?

Candor can be helpful for being realistic, but no great things were achieved by being realistic, right? Don't we have to set gigantic goals so that we can guilt ourselves into achieving something at all? Maybe not. What if we set goals based on who we know we are becoming? What if we pushed ourselves, knowing the places that we need to be pushed, and if we let ourselves rest in the places where rest is most needed? What could we accomplish if we structured our lives, goals, deadlines, and dreams so that we could be who we are and walk them out naturally? I'm not sure what would happen, but I think it could be amazing. I'd love to hear your thoughts! Feel free to share in the comments.

_____________________________________________________11709673_10155712342880304_364978038189091847_o Emily is a creative entrepreneur, born in the South, raised in Colorado, and loving life in Brooklyn, NY. As the co-founder of Bright Ideas she spends her time doing freelance photography, writing blog posts, drinking black coffee, experimentally cooking, laughing, playing minimalist puzzle games on her iphone, exploring NYC, and working as an Event Logistics Manager for WeWork. You can follow Emily’s adventures on Instagram or Twitter, see what inspires her on Pinterest, check out her photography on Facebook, or read more of her posts here.