New Dawn, New Day, New Year

HORSE.”
“I’m sorry?”
Horse.”
“…what?”
“2015. Year of the Horse. You gotta GALLOP into that shit, bro. Like a big, black, wild stallion. Ride it out.”

– verbatim exchange that transpired between myself & some dude asking around for a lighter, in the middle of a packed dancefloor last night.

While not quite technically correct (Chinese zodiac is actually Sheep/Goat/Ram for 2015), the simple boldness of his word association struck me as unexpectedly profound, halfway through an 8-hour New Year’s Eve DJ night in a pier hangar on the outskirts of Manhattan.

I have stated previously that I’m a non-believer in making resolutions purely for the sake of satisfying an annual tradition, and I still stand by that. Any changes am I planning to enact in my life are planned as such because self-betterment & self-examination are core components of my belief system (due in no small part to my proactive participation in a successful recovery program).

I am allowing myself one caveat for this new year, because I think setting the numbered days of the calendar as deadlines will actually help me to achieve my goal: to post an original thought or idea to this blog, on a daily basis.

In order to establish consistent practices that I will actually adhere to (as heard in the rooms of A.A.: K.I.S.S., or “Keep It Simple, Stupid!”), those will be the only stipulations I set. To post daily, and for those posts to contain at least 1 original phrase, idea, or thought. No requirement for length. A web-based image or an external quote is acceptable, if accompanied by a wholly original caption or blurb. If nothing else, my default entry will be to share my gratitudes for any given day (minimum 3).

As you may have noticed especially if you are browsing this page on a desktop (have yet to check what the mobile layout looks like), I have also made some formatting & layout changes to usher in this new era of regular writing. I like especially the featured header image for each post, and that posts are listed as individually clickable on the homepage rather than loading all at once in a static scroll (which previously could take some time, depending on your browsing methods and/or the amount of media within my 10 most recent entries).

WordPress stats informed me I logged a grand total of (17) posts in 2014…a dismal showing. This blog is important to me both as a journaling tool and as a continuation of my recovery practices, so I’d like to show it the love it deserves.

I’m going to sign off here to get this post up before midnight (also need to go prepare some fruits for tomorrow’s breakfast juice smoothie with my shiny new personal blender – thanks ma for the great gift!).

What are some of your aspirations for the new year? What do you hope you will be looking back on, 12 months from now?
Feel free to leave a comment! As I plan to be posting daily, so too do I hope to engage my audience more in call-response form from time to time.

Cheers to freshness. I am grateful today because I have the ability now, in my life, to plan a New Year’s Eve out with friends in Zoo York…and not have alcohol even once enter my mind as any part of that process. Seriously. It’s possible to one-eighty your mental habits. And it all starts by taking it easy, one day at a time. Stay grateful out there.

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