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I don't know about you, but I couldn't be more excited for a new year, a clean slate, some new goals and new adventures. 

In all honesty, 2016 was pretty good to me.  I started a new job, met some great people, gained a new level of appreciation for who I am, attended some kick ass concerts (Justin Beiber, Beyonce & ADELE!!), went to Vegas, joined a dinner club, shared SO many amazing meals and laughs with friends, drank a lot of coffee, cried over the election, cried over family moving away, danced the night away more than once, went kayaking, lost 20 pounds, laughed a million laughs with my man....looking back it was beautiful and full and I am so thankful for this life I get to live. 

I didn't set any specific goals for 2016 because I wanted to see what would happen organically - and I am not at all dissatisfied with how it shook out. That said - I am excited to set a few goals this year and set some intentions for 2017. 

Here is what I am thinking: 

1. Take better care of myself.  This includes eating better, being more active, taking time to rest, etc. 

2. Work Hard. I am going to continue to develop my marketing, creative skills and create great content. 

3. Love Deeper. I want to invest more time in those I love this year. Dig deeper, love harder, share my heart more. 

4. Be a better Human. Inspired by our First Lady, Michelle Obama, "we they go low, we go high", I want to daily find ways to give more love and kindness to the world.

5. Embrace Fearlessness. This might be the most difficult for me as I consider myself to be a relatively fearful person as it relates to being very aware of my mortality. But, I want to choose to be fearless, to embrace risk, to embrace fun and push past some of the fear I have held so close. 

What excites me most about these goals is that they are all so close to my heart and it doesn't feel like "work" to set intentions in these areas. 

What about you?  What are you hoping for in 2017? What do you want to create? 

Be Kind

This has been a tough week in America.  Lots of people lost their precious lives due to senseless violence and fear. My heart has been broken and I have been trying to decide how I can be part of the solution.  The word that is on my heart is kindness. 

Kindness: the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. synonyms:kindliness, kindheartedness, warmheartedness, affectionwarmth, gentleness, concern, care

A couple years ago, that word really started to impact me and it has became the main word I have chosen to adopt as a core value.  

In times like these, I wonder how an act of simple (or profound) kindness could have changed things.  How a moment of concern, care, listening could make a big impact. 

This week has challenged me to up my game.  To choose kindness when I don't feel like it.  When I am frustrated because my order is taking forever at a restaurant or because someone cut me off in traffic - To take a moment to compliment someone rather than just think it and keep walking. It has challenged me to look for the good in each person and to actually take the time to notice. I want to be known for assuming the best and treating each person with care. 

Life is hard and sometimes injust. But in my heart, I believe that kindness can change the world. We have a choice in each moment how we respond.  We are all human. We are all different - yet the same. We are all imperfect and precious. We all need compassion. We all need love and a kind word.  We all need an ally.

This week, let's love a little harder, go out of our way to show kindness to every one along our path and find ways to create a better world, for all of us.