Thursday, 7 January 2016

Less being Sucky, More being Awesome

It’s a whole new year! 2015 has flown by, and 2016 is already well under way!

It’s at this point each year that many people reflect on their past year’s happenings. They usually reflect on how far they’ve come along and where they want to be going. Many even create what is more popularly known as New Years Resolutions - most of which never make it passed a week or two!

This past year, I have struggled, lived, succeed and failed. I have cried, laughed and loved.

Caught mid-laugh!
Photo Credit: Aaron Wolf
This year, like many years previous, I have not sat down to determine a list of items that I want to improve or change about myself. Part of this is because I like who I am and who I’m becoming – but neither of those are without fault, and that’s okay. Soon after my mother passed, a friend said to me, “you need to believe that you’re awesome.” That is something I have been working on ever since – because she was right! So this year I’m not resolving to doing anything special, other than to continue being awesome, and if possible, by default, becoming MORE awesome!

I have a pretty big year ahead. I’m currently finishing my contract in Uganda, and then I’ll be heading off to film a documentary in the coming months (and attending a friend’s wedding in Peru!). Then I’ll FINALLY be returning back to Canada, where I hope to bring life to a number of ideas that I’ve been mulling over in my head over the last few months. These projects would see me working in both Canada and abroad. I don’t want to divulge too much into what those might be, because I’m still working out the details. But, I’m really looking forward to how 2016 will play out, and that… that is enough to keep me going!

So, I’ll leave you with this final thought – this year, no matter what comes your way, embrace life - live! Be in the moment as often as possible! I challenge each and every one of you to start your day by looking in the mirror and telling your reflection that you’re awesome – because you are!

-the Orange Canadian


  1. Happy 2016 Emily!!! I hope to see you when you come "home" this time :)

    1. Happy New Year to you, as well, Amanda! Lookin' forward to seeing you when I'm back! Thanks for all of your feedback on the blog over the last year! ...and sorry I haven't replied to all of your comments!