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Reflections and Resolutions

It’s beginning to look a lot like the new year!


This time of year usually comes without a lot of reflections, a lot of resolutions, and maybe even some anxiety. The new year seems like a time where you can wipe the slate clean from the previous year, but with that thought comes a lot of weight and thus a lot of anxiety. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to change for the better in the new year, usually saying things like “I’m going to go to the gym”, or “I’m going to make more of an effort to call my grandparents.” I’m not going to lie; I have been one of those people. However, I try to look at each day as a place where I can create new goals, instead of waiting for that one time a year, making promises I can’t keep, and then feeling bad about it a few months into the new year. So why do we do that to ourselves? We are all just humans living each day for the first time, so cut yourself some slack, no one is perfect!

But since it is going to be a new year, I thought I would share some of my reflections and resolutions.


Reflections:

The biggest thing I have learned this year is that support is not easy to come by. We started this podcast journey a year ago and I thought all my friends would listen, my family would be supportive, and that it would honestly be easier than it is. Well, I am here to tell you I was wrong. Support has not been easy to come by and has been the biggest thing I have grappled with this year. I find myself in a state of either being completely at peace with the idea or wanting to punch people in their face and tell them off, which I honestly may have done a few times (minus the physical violence). It’s scary to start a whole new journey, but I am so thankful to be constantly learning from this situation. This whole thing has shown me which people in my life are rooting for me, and which people just show up at the end of my journey when there is success. I would be lying if I told you I still don’t have bad days, because I do, but I am so thankful for what it is teaching me. So, I will end this section with saying this, if someone you know is starting something new, and they are asking for support, give it to them. Support comes free these days with social media; a double tap takes two seconds, and a share takes 10. And be careful of the content you are taking in and make sure you follow people who inspire you, not people who are just pretending.


Resolutions:

This part of the new year is always hard for me. I constantly want to become a better, more educated version of myself, which is why I am a forever student, and why I love my husband so much for constantly pushing me out of my own way. So, what are my resolutions for the new year? I would like to finish my certification program (one more semester to go), I would like to go home to NY and see some of my friends and family (it has been at least 2 years), I want to visit my nieces more, and most importantly I want to continue this podcast journey, because it has honestly been the most rewarding thing I have ever done.


So, thank you to everyone who has shown their constant support and love, it truly means so much more than you will ever know.

Huge shoutout to my dad, my brother Zach, my lovely friend Tara, my husband (who does so much for the podcast with his free time), and of course Stephanie, it wouldn’t be Cycle Chats without her, and I wouldn’t want to go on this adventure with anyone else.


So Happy New Year you beautiful and wacky Cycle Cats, I can’t wait for the adventure to continue.


Love always your Cycle Half,

Emily