Follow Your Heart

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve always been my own person – doing what I want when I want, forging my own path, dancing to the beat of my own drum, following my heart.

But now there seems to be so many voices.

It was alright, at first. I wasn’t sure what to do in this certain situation, so I did what anyone would do – asked for advice. But now it’s as though its taken on a life of it’s own.

Everyone seems to be putting their two cents in and some I didn’t even know were aware of my situation. Everyone always seems to have something to say.

At first all the voices were separate, but then, somewhere along the way, they all morphed together. They all feel like they’re yelling inside my head. And this is how conflict is born. This is how we lose ourselves. This is how we lose our own happiness and do things we don’t want to do.

And now I feel more conflicted then I did before.

There’s a pressure in my head and a heaviness in my chest that wasn’t there before. I used to be happy, always smiling and always laughing (but I know this is just a rough patch). Instead of listening to the entire Peanut Gallery, I really only have to listen to myself.

The secret is…I’ve always known what to do. I’ve always known what I wanted to do. I’ve known what works and what doesn’t and I’ve always known what to do in this certain situation. It’s clear to me now that I’ve know since the beginning. And its always been me following my heart and doing what I feel is right.

No one knows me better then me.

No one knows the situation better then me.

No one knows my mind, my thoughts, better then me.

No one knows my heart better then me.

And that’s what I think it really comes down to – figuring out what makes you happy and following your heart. Only you know what’s best for you. Only you know what you want and what will make you happy. It’s your life. So forge your own path, wonder into the woods of life and see what’s out there. Some people might say you’re wrong. And maybe you will be. But as long as you don’t look back with regrets and follow your heart, then, you did what was right for you.

So that’s what I’m going to do. It’s what I’ve been doing since the beginning – following my heart.

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My New Year’s Wish

Have you ever heard of a New Year’s wish? It’s like a birthday wish when you blow out the candles, only in this case it’s a wish you make when the clock strikes midnight and the calendar flips its page to a new year. There’s a possibility that I’m making this whole thing up, but ever since I was a child, I’ve always made a New Year’s wish.

In the past, I’ve simply wished for a positive year. I think that’s something we all at least hope for, but as I grew up my wishes became more complex. They started becoming less about myself and more about the world and people around me. I won’t lie…this year I still wished for a positive year, for God to send good things my way and to help me through the bad times (because lets face it…life isn’t always perfect, but it sure is full of perfect moments). But, then, I also wished for something more.

This year my wish was for that special guy in my life. He doesn’t know it (unless he ends up reading this post), but it was all for him.

This year I make my wish for you. I wish 2016 brings you all the happiness life has to offer and that you embrace it – life. Embrace the lows because they will only make you a stronger person. Embrace the highs because those are the moments that will live with you forever. I wish that you have a year full of adventures, that you kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful (that would be me, obviously), that you have a year full of madness (the good kind) and, somewhere along the way, you surprise yourself. I wish that you will open up to me more and not be such a closed book. I can tell you’re working on it, that you’re trying, and I thank you. I wish that in the new year you begin to believe in yourself more because you’re smart and can do anything you set your mind to…you are capable of more then you realize. And I already believe in you – always have. I wish that you laugh and smile constantly, that you dream big, and realize how special and beautiful life is. I wish that you realize I’m only the beginning of all the good in your life (and that your luck is changing). I wish that I continue to make you as happy as you make me and am able to be that bright spot in your life – through all the bad days and all the good days. I wish that you can begin to see all the wonderful things about yourself that I see. I wish all these things and a million other tiny things for you – I will always wish you all the best.

A New Year’s wish might be superstitious, or even a bit naive, but I believe that wishes and dreams come true. I believe that if you love life, life will love you back.

Hello 2016

Every new year is a clean slate, just like every new day when you wake up and rub the sleep from your eyes. You never know what’s going to happen, but the potential for everything and anything is there. It’s the anticipation of a new day, much like the anticipation for a new year.

And I couldn’t be more excited to see what adventures 2016 has in store.

There are some things that I already have planed (but will keep to myself for now) and some things that are in the works. I also have many ideas of thing I would like to do, places I would like to visit and adventure I would like to take part in this year. Otherwise, I’m just going to go with the flow and see what the year offers me.

I think all that’s really left to say is…take chances, make mistakes, enjoy ever day, don’t take the things or people in your life for granted and simply live.

Welcome to 2016!

It’s going to be a great year!

And I wish each and every one of you all the best for 2016!