I'm a Sagittarius, and this year my astrological New Year also fell on my birthday--December 11. I'm not someone who takes astrology very seriously, but according to the stars, this makes the 11th special. It's supposed to be a powerful day to manifest ideas and intentions for the year to come, and a great day to start something new. I turned 27 on December 11th, and automatically started something new.
This past year has been full of challenges and personal growth. I've gotten more responsibility at work, I started this blog (yay!), I've been better about saving money, and I've made pursuing things I'm passionate about a priority.
San Francisco continuously offers new perspectives, new opportunities and new adventures. It also seems to find new ways to kick your ass. With rents constantly increasing, people being forced out of their homes, financial insecurity, and the casual unpredictability of The City, it's easy to feel like you're treading water and just trying not to drown. I'm not sure anyone can have an easy, or normal, year here--but I'd say I've had a good one.
My hopes, goals and ambitions for the year to come build on what I've already started. I want to continue blogging regularly, using it as a creative outlet, and I want to see where that will take me. I want to continue shooting photos regularly. I'm always discovering new things and places to explore in SF, and I love sharing them. I want to travel more, and more often, which goes hand in hand with saving money.
This year, I've become much better at tucking some cash away, but there's still so much left to learn. Investments, IRAs, 401Ks, and alternative forms of investment baffle me. I want to become better about saving for specific things (like vacations!) and then feeling okay with spending the money.
I want to focus on intentional living, and being in the moment. I want to be sure not to take loved ones for granted. I want to continue growing, and cultivating positive vibes and self love. I want to be the best version of myself in 2016.
My hope for The City is that 2016 proves to be a year of positive change and acceptance. I hope that newcomers and long-time locals can find a balance. I hope that respect, for each other our home, and for the environment, is front and center. I hope to hear less stories about evictions, and more stories about people helping others selflessly. I hope that this year's changes are positive. I hope our local politicians can serve the communities that elected them with honor and without corruption.
In short, I have high hopes for myself, and my home this year. Cheers to 2016!