Looking back to look forward

The new year always has a way of bringing out the reflective side of everyone. All the photo and video collages all over social media, all of the respective countdowns, just everything. Well, as for me, I am looking back to look forward. I have never looked at the new year to "start over", but as a chance to try harder and do better day by day. Looking back on 2014, I had the time of my life. I made some foolish decisions, but funny enough I've learned to stop regretting things I consciously chose to do. I've made some of my wildest dreams come true. I've learned a lot more about myself; some things I did not know and some things I knew but never acknowledged.

My greatest moments this year:

1. All of my travel destinations: Jamaica (3 times), Miami, and the Dominican Republic
2. Seeing my sister finish college
3. Birthdays and nights out with my closest friends
4. Buying a car for myself
5. Getting a small raise at work.

Above all else, this year was great as usual, because I made it so. It had its ups and downs, but I have learned to take more control of what happens to me. I have spent way too much time complaining about the things people say/do to me. This year has taught me to let go of the complaining and change whatever I don't like and what doesn't work for me. Let's just say my tolerance levels have shifted. My biggest lesson for the year is, and moving forward, acting out of a place of desperation gets me nowhere. After accepting this, the sulking and complaining decrease day by day.

I don't have any "resolutions" for 2015, but I do have a lot of weight to lose, lol. Otherwise, have an amazing and safe new year. May 2015 bring you happiness, good health, and wealth.

Happy New Year!!!!!
Nichole Naomi,

Nichole Naomi

I am a Brooklyn-born, Jersey-raised, very proud Jamaican American. I am a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies. I am also the CEO of Baseline Cosmetics, where make up meets music.

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