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A Lot Can Happen In A Year

2016 01 02 Welcome to 2016


Whilst looking for the perfect quote for my “Welcome to 2016” post I came across all the usual candidates. Those promising new starts, changes of directions and opening entirely new books full of dreams and desires for the next 365 days. Obviously minus the couple which have already passed, which I don’t think really count given we are all still eating Christmas leftovers and working out which gifts to return or hide.

I’m open to anyone suggesting where I might bury, I mean display a potted plastic orchid which has bright led lights that flash. Errr beautiful?? Even my children rejected it from their toilet window sill where it somewhat hidden behind the lace curtains!

Anyway instead of going all warm and fuzzy my eyes settled on 13 words which personally I think encompass all that a new year invites us to.

“Don’t live the same year 75 times and then call it a life.”

Now some might say it is a little too obnoxious so early in the year and it does have that slap you in the face with a dead fish good morning effect but there is truth to be found within those words.

How often do we look back at the year just lived and simply sigh wondering why all those grand plans we set in the January just didn’t eventuate.

There are reasons for such failings. The most common reason by far is that we set goals which far exceed realistic possibilities. We need to keep it real if we want to be in with a chance of succeeding.  This is followed by not setting a plan for success. We spend so much time at the start of a new year making a list of all that we want to change and yet often we do not spend any time thinking on how we can make these changes or even if we want to make these changes. Are we perhaps caught in a cycle of thinking we should make these changes because of friends, family, saving face or dare I say it competition against others; instead of genuinely wishing to change for ourselves.

It has been proven that if you aren’t committed to a behavioural change it becomes a constant struggle which eventually leaves one feeling demoralized until eventually we give up in frustration. This is when that prior plan thinking we’ve done becomes important. When battling the frustration we can remind ourselves why we are attempting to implement change and the long term benefit we know it will bring to our life. It has been proven that when attaching a positive spin to a change it becomes easier to commit too. So look for the positive, not only will you smile and feel happier but you greatly increase your chance for success.


2016 01 02 Cup full or empty


Another big hurdle in making successful change is fear. Often we continue doing what we always have done because lets face it, the unknown can be a little terrifying. What if there are zombies out there in that unexplored area of the world just waiting for a chance to suck our brains out!

Well unless you are playing minecraft or on some zombie kill sim I’m going to wager that you and that brain of yours are probably safe to take a risk every so often. Challenge yourself and get out of the comfort zone. If fear really is the big red stop button to implementing change then factor that into your goal planning stage. Once you visualise or write down what the absolute worse thing that can happen to you, you will find that aside from death or injury, which is a clear sign NOT to take that risk, anything else is manageable.

Which returns us to those powerful 13 words.

“Don’t live the same year 75 times and then call it a life.”

Simply regulating our heartbeat whilst breathing in and out isn’t a purpose, its a basic bodily function. Our desire whilst alive should be to live our lives. And it is the little facets of living which will bring us satisfaction and happiness.

My hope is that whilst reflecting on the year that has past the sense of renewal and opportunity a new year brings encourages you to be courageous with your 2016 goal setting.

May the changes you choose help you explore new heights, develop creativity, bolster risk taking and above all, challenge you with new experiences and thoughts.

Raise your glass because the party has started.

Welcome to 2016 everyone!

Hugs, Pb x

Next post coming up on a SECOND for Imagination: 

A list of my personal, professional and Second Life 2016 goals.

Hair : +elua+ iola1 Darkbrown
Dress : HH – Hucci Filton Dress – Mono
Shoes : LIONETTE – (Black)
Headpiece : ieQED – 2016.headband.silver
Necklace : MG – Necklace – Jewelled Owl – Long – (Silver)
Ring : Cae – Happily Ever After
Collar : Cae – Interlaced
Photo Pose : Ploom – All-nighter 1 & 3

2 comments on “A Lot Can Happen In A Year

  1. Juggy
    January 5, 2016

    uhmmmm, what about 366 days in 2016 *smiles*. This year February has 29 days…..

    • purplebutterflylykin
      January 6, 2016

      You are so right Juggy! How exciting!

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