This is Our New Year

how to be hopeful about 2017

how to be hopeful about 2017

Hello all, it has been a while since I really sat and typed away at the keys in a fury of inspiration. I haven’t been my usual blog self, full of words and photographs, but I with a new year comes new inspiration, instead of this dull sense of melancholy drifting from one day to the next.

Lately, I have felt like a dull penny forced through too many slots over too long a time span, instead of a shiny new copper one. All I have found myself wanting to do is read and binge Netflix because I am so bored with everything else. Only, bored is really not the best word. It’s more like my depression kind of took over there for a little bit, and it still is there, chipping away at me, making it so very hard to *do* anything that is not mandated.

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There are a million reasons for these feelings: Donald Trump will be our President. I almost lost my job. My best friend is across an ocean. My brother will be moving out soon for a new city. And those are just the things that directly affect me… not to mention all the tears shed for those who have left us in 2016.

(I fully, utterly admit to breaking down in the parking lot at work, tears causing my phone screen to blur upon learning of Alan Rickman’s death.)

Life has changed, and in 2016 they have not been the changes I would have asked for, if given an opportunity. But at the same time, that is selfish. Friends and family are not here solely to make yourself feel happy and secure. They have their own lives. People have a right to choose their leaders. I do not have the right to overrule them.

how to be more optimistic about 2017

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Knowing this, I will work on being a little softer and optimistic in 2017. I will wear my favorite party dress tonight, and tack glitter onto my eyelids. I will drink peach champagne and let string lights glisten. I will tack on hope to every evening. I will try to return to finding joy in the tiniest of things and saying thank you more often. I will not be ashamed to ramble, and I will not fear being heard.

Happy New Year. What are you hoping for 2017?

  • That sounds like a good plan to me! 2016 wasn’t great for me but I’m planning on making 2017 a good one and taking better care of myself. I can relate to your situation – when I’m going through a bad episode Netflix is the only thing I seem to have the energy for. I know that going for a run etc would help but I end up just staying inside. I really want to push myself to say yes to more opportunities this year and I want to become a more confident person xx

    • Elizabeth Hisle

      Yeah, I need to push my ass into gear. Going back to a schedule would, I think, be beneficial to me at this point. Good luck to you!

  • I am wishing you the best this year!

    • Elizabeth Hisle

      Thank you. 🙂

  • 2016 sucks and quite frankly, i don’t have a lot of expectation for 2017. even though i may looks like i’m blogging regularly, it’s just me trying to keep the schedule running – kind of like a mandatory thing that i’m supposed to do when in truth, i am all but a depressed potato at home. my 2016 was filled with tears and frustration and other bitter things too, not to mention the sad news about the death of several actors and actresses — alan rickman, especially. i didn’t break down or anything but yeah, it was devastating.

    like every year, i’ll lead 2017 with a realistic mind. for me, i’ll just see how it goes and leave my expectation very very minimal. if it goes bad, it goes bad and if it doesn’t, then we’re lucky. of course, who doesn’t want 2017 to be better than 2016? i know i do too but i’d rather keep a realistic view on how this goes. all i know is that we will survive this, just like we did last year.

    good luck, elizabeth 🙂


    • Elizabeth Hisle

      Good luck to you too. 2016 was a shitshow, and while I don’t have high expectations for like, the next 4 years, I’ll try to suck it up as best I can. What else is there to do?

  • I’m right there with you. During December, I felt like I was in a funk I couldn’t get out of. I didn’t feel like doing anything, not even reading. All I wanted to do was sit on my bed and watch Netflix. I hope 2017 is better than 2016 for every one!

    • Elizabeth Hisle

      At least you were able to keep some semblance of a schedule, so congrats on that! I feel like I have sunk into a lump. I think next weekend I am going to make myself sit down and blog, schedule, etc… a routine would be beneficial for my mind again!