Welcome 2018

Happy New Year!

I took a month hiatus for self-care. Between work and the holidays, I was creatively and mentally drained. Now, I’m back and ready to take on 2018. I hope you are too!

I feel like a snake shedding its skin coming into this year. 2017 was filled with new beginnings, a lot of confusion, stress within my life, but also America, and more growth than I believed necessary and/or possible.

One of the greatest things about 2017 was recognizing the growth while it happened. There were out of body experiences where I watched my being transform before me. If you’ve been following this blog or know me personally, you know I started preaching about loving yourself over the past couple of years, and I truly believe in continual growth. Yet, while I do so, I’ve never been constantly on top of the feeling. I’ve always been working on past issues and uncovering them. This year, I was working on things with a new found sense of direction, observation, knowledge, and mental stability.

An absolutely unbelievable feeling that I truly hope everyone experiences in their lifetime.

I have no doubt that this year will be prosperous in various ways. This year has the potential to bring some of the biggest changes in my life–yet for the first time, I feel fully prepared, even for the things I’m not prepared for.

There will be growth in my writing career with another published book. I’m upping my reading goal from 30 books to 40 books. I read 42 books last year, but remain realistic. Multiple different writing projects will be worked on simultaneously. I hope to continue with self-published book reviews because the connections it made throughout last year were wonderful.

Mostly, I plan to be better than I was the day beforehand. I plan to focus on my balance. Whether that means taking on more yoga consistently or saying no to work when I’m not in a desperate need for it. This means, taking technology breaks and knowing that my career won’t crumble overnight. Making smarter social media decisions. Continuing to keep notifications off my screen. Recognizing what works and what doesn’t: financially, emotionally, and mentally.

The most important: I want to have the hard conversations with people. I want to reach out to old friends and touch base, I want to tell those I love how much they mean to me, I want to talk through difficult situations that could bring closure or new-found friendships. This will be another blog soon–social etiquette and the bullshit drilled into our minds that I’ve found false and has helped me reestablish relationships, and break them.

At the end of the day, it isn’t about followers, sales, marketing, maintaining a career. It’s about the personal connection we all have. And in the United States, we need to make happier, better choices for ourselves.

So join me this year in a happier, healthier version yourself. If you don’t do well one day, wake up the next day and know you can be a better version of you.

Manifest your goals and shine bright this year.

What are your goals for 2018?

Chelsea Lauren

Chelsea Lauren is addicted to drinking coffee, writing in cafes, and walking the beach. A New York native, she recently moved to Melbourne, FL and found having conversations with her character’s on the beach is the perfect cure to writer’s block. To learn more about her, check out “About Me.” Her debut novel, Underneath the Whiskey, is now available on Amazon.

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