new year 2016

Tonight marks the end of the holidays. I am a little bit sad vacations are already over, but very happy on how I spent the last few weeks. I spent a lot of time with my family and friends, I celebrated the end of my bachelor’s degree, I was lucky enough to have four different Christmas dinners with people I love, I moved into an amazing new apartment and I kicked off the new year at an awesome party. I couldn’t have asked for anything more!

As you may have seen on my snapchat (@candidlyjulie), I moved last week during a snow storm into my new apartment. It was quite an exhausting day to say the least! I had never moved before and I expected it to be easy and stress-free but boy was I wrong. It’s a lot more planning than I thought and the actual moving day is very demanding mentally and physically. I couldn’t wait to go to bed that night! Now that I have moved, I have to say that it does feel a little strange to be living in a brand new apartment and neighbourhood after spending four years in my last place. During the past few years, my place downtown Montreal really felt like home so now I need to adapt to this new chapter of my life. The fact that I’m also starting my master’s degree tomorrow enhances this feeling and makes it all seems surreal. It’s very similar to the feeling I get when I am about to leave on vacation, but I don’t believe it until I’m sitting in the plane. I think I’ll have to be sitting in class to really feel like all of these changes are happening.

All in all, I am sure 2016 will bring a lot of new challenges. Today I had an interesting conversation with my boyfriend when we went for brunch. We talked about life goals and positive thinking. My argument was that when you have a general idea of where you want to end up in life and always keep it in the back of your mind, it is very likely it will happen. Although Xavier was not as optimistic as me, we did agree that positive thinking definitely helps. I think that when you have a goal, as general as it may be, all the decisions that you take will be aligned with that goal whether you realize it or not. Therefore, in 2016, I will continue to keep this general goal of mine in the back of my head and put my heart and mind into things that are aligned with it and that make me happy. I believe resolutions are good all year round, but reminding ourselves of something important like this is a good exercise at the beginning of a new year.

I wish you all a happy new year – health, happiness and lots of accomplishments!