Here’s to the New Year

Happy MLK Jr. Day! I feel extra thankful to have the day off this year; I feel like I mentally and physically needed a long weekend. While I'm at it, though it's a little belated,Happy New Year!I skipped a new year's resolution post because I like to make smart decisions for myself throughout the year, not just a few at the beginning of the year. I alsohaven't written a post in a while because I neededa break to deal with…well, life. Life happens, and we need to learn to take it day by day. I stress far too much and let pressure get to me. It may be a good thing that I have high expectations, but at the same time, it can drive me crazy. It doesn't help that I'm states away from my family.

One of mybest friends shared the following mantra with me and it really helped to calm me down and put things into perspective.

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

So, my not just new year's resolution but on-going life resolution is to simply do the best I can, not let my job define me, and have a kick-ass time on weekends/my free time. I've been making it a point to make weekly plans to do fun things around the city, and it helps make life feel fuller. Below are some pictures taken with my new camera over the past few weeks that make me smile.

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