MY 2015 IN REVIEW….AS TOLD BY MY 2016 SELF. January 13, 2015 I decided to give myself a break this year and take some time with creating my goals. I sat down at some of my favorite spots–even cleaned my office and cleared off my ENTIRE desk (such a feat, if you know me)–but nothing was really taking ahold. The process was feeling forced with all of the “New Year, New Me” pressure going around, so I decided to dial it back and just let things unfold organically. To remember that going into the new year without a clear set of goals doesn’t mean that I don’t know what I want for my life and that it’s okay if my goals don’t come to me in the timeframe that I think they should. Matter of fact, I’ve been hearing this same thing from a lot of people in my circle. I knew what I wanted generally speaking, but could only put my finger on one or two specifics that weren’t even values based. But then I went to an incredible all day seminar this past weekend and through that, the loose ideas that had been floating around in my mind over the last few weeks crystalized into something more tangible. Something that’s been right in front of me all along. 2015 is my year of Intention. Making sure that every move I make is in alignment with who I say I am. Nothing more, nothing less. And hearing this word probably isn’t a surprise to you if you’ve been reading this blog as of late–my focus on intention is an expansion that has been taking place for a few years (3, to be exact), though it didn’t really start making its way to this platform until the beginning of last year. And why am I so focused?? Because I believe that we, either intentionally or unintentionally, create lives that reflect what we believe about ourselves. So essentially, if you (1) get clear about what you want (2) and let go of being attached to how it comes, you will see all of the good you want and exactly what you believe. Not always what you ask for mind you, but always what you believe. So instead of laying out the specifics of this year’s agenda, I’m approaching this thing from a different perspective and thinking about what I will say about 2015 when January of 2016 rolls around. So here’s Dayka in 2015, as reported by my 2016 self. 2015 did NOT disappoint. In addition to intentional, joy & peace were two words that defined my year–words that speak to the greatest sense of happiness and tranquility I found by being in alignment with what I felt led to be doing. I had an adventurous year because I changed my perspective & didn’t limit the adventures moments to the times when I was traveling–I found great adventure at home and finally, truly, spent more time discovering this fantastic city that has been so good to me. 2015 was my year for lots of dating. And I’m not just talking about fantastic people taking me out on fantastic dates–which they did–but I dated myself a lot, too. All of those great date ideas I’d been saving up for the “right time/right person”? I did them all last year. I was the one I was waiting for! I took care of myself like a MF. I mean, really. Recommitted to the discipline of eating in a way that optimizes my body & makes me feel (and look) good. Was hyper-viligent about monitoring my stress level, which is imperative to my auto-immune disease, and set firmer boundaries regarding things that didn’t fall in line with keeping me physically balanced. All of the things I’d been wanting to write about for the last few years, I finally did. I stopped worrying about whether they were “on topic” or “strayed from the brand”, and instead, I just wrote what was on my heart and let my words set out to do what they intended (I AM my brand, after all!). And because of this, lots of new, paid, writing opportunities opened up…something that I didn’t even realize I wanted until 2 years ago. That paper line that I’d planned on launching in 2014?? It finally went to print this year and it found audience of people who really supported & embraced the message. Knowing that it’s out there is such a joy (there’s that word again), because it’s a huge part of who I am and what I believe in. My first NYC jobs–plural–happened this year. I could never have imagined the how, who, or what but happen they did and consequently, I can say that 2015 saw DRD expanding to NYC! Lots of mini-vacations in 2015, too–some with my super tight girls, some by myself, some 2 hours away and at least 1 international escapade. My passport hadn’t seen some stamps in a few years and 2015 was the year that thang got dusted off. And that’s it (for now).The basics?I will be healthy. I will be adventurous. I will be full of joy. I will live with integrity. And I will love. Not “I want to”, but “I will”. All intentionally, of course.And so it is. Share this: Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Related 2 Comments on MY 2015 IN REVIEW….AS TOLD BY MY 2016 SELF. Ashleé June 2, 2015 at 10:21 am (2 years ago) Hey Dayka! I’m new to your blog and I LOVE IT! This post was my favorite thus far! I am currently at a crossroads in life and I found this post encouraging and inspiring. So much so that I think I’m going to work on my letter to self as if its 2016, reflecting on 2015! Thank you so much! Reply DaykaRobinson June 7, 2015 at 8:09 pm (2 years ago) Hey Ashley: Thank you for the raving compliment! A crossroads feels uncomfortable when you’re in it but it’s always a sign of great things to come…a shift from what you’ve BEEN doing to what you WILL BE doing. You’ll look back soon and it will all make sense. It felt really good to write this from such an expectant and accomplished place–I’m sure you’ll find the same thing! If you want to share your letter with me, I’d love to read it: email@example.com Xo, D Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment *Name* Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.