Resolutions / by Kailee Haong

I won’t promise myself to write every single day or exercise a few times a week or eat healthier or do x, y, and z. It’s BS and we all know that resolutions almost always get dropped, forgotten, or purposefully avoided. I’m not a huge fan of them.

What I will say is that I will be a better person. A more intentional person. The kind of person I need myself to be, because I think we all lacked some important self-care in 2016.

For fun though, and since I’m trying to be less of a cynical person, here’s a list of a few things I did in 2016 that were incredible:

·      Traveled to 9 different countries

·      Fell in love

·      Stopped eating meat

·      Became editor-in-chief of a journal

·      Made some incredible new friends

·      Got good grades

·      Read 35 books

·      Wrote A LOT

Now, it’s a brand new year. I’m not traveling the world or having the time of my life with my friends this year, I’m graduating college and trying to figure out the direction I’d like my life to go (and coming to terms with the direction it will actually go).  We’ve got a big orange imbecile as president and I don’t agree with a word that comes out of his vile mouth, so I promise I will fight that until the day he’s gone because #notmypresident. This year, I’ve got even bigger shoes to fill. As an activist, as a leader, as a gay woman of color who’s the child of a refugee—I can’t afford to lose my voice now. Just gotta shout a little louder!

I’m heading into 2017 with a bigger heart and a lot more love to give. It’s a hard task to do given the climate of our world right now, but it is what needs to be done. We’ve got a lot to accomplish this year, friends. Let’s hit the ground running.

Happy New Year, and good luck.

As always, a quote to leave you with:

Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.
— Walt Whitman