Our next 365

In 2017, I shall no longer dottle, I shall get organized, and I shall write EVERY DAY.  Write everyday? Yes, even if its just for 15 minutes, I resolve to sit down, with no email box or no social media tabs open- and put my fingers to the keys of my  laptop and record my thoughts.  

In 2017, I shall work with the utmost dedication on my personal blog, my Longwood blog entries, and dedicate time (@ least 15 minutes) every week to at least looking at my manuscript.

That is why I am so thankful this morning to open my front door and to find the perfect reflective planner on my doorstep!


This planner will keep my goals in focus, so I’ll be more likely to accomplish a lot sooner.  I know, I know, I could have written these things out in any number of planners that I already have, but getting this inspirational planner automatically has everything written, and provides space to write the personal daily reflections.


My friend tells me that New Years’ Resolutions are just a way for people to make money off of those who make them.  …And I guess that’s right, I mean just look at what I’ve done buying a special inspirational planner, when I could have done an inspirational planner myself.  

My favorite view is the week at a time view with the individual days, leaving room at the bottom for HIGHLIGHTS, IMPROVEMENTS and GRATITUDE(!)- allowing one to reflect each day upon why it is that you are thankful.  To absolutely uplift your mood, people who record their gratitude each day are 25% happier than people who write the basic happenings of the days , many sources report, as well as the Huffington Post which sites a study on gratitude, conducted by Robert A. Emmons, Ph. D at the University of California, and a colleague at a university in Florida.

And why do you need a NEW YEAR to start making changes?  Just so you can break them in the middle of February?  Sure, a new year, new beginnings, but in order to make changes you don’t necessarily need to wait until the new year to begin.  For instance, just thinking about these ‘resolutions’ or ‘changes’ have started the wheels turning in my head, and so I’m implementing everything 2 days before the new year! 

(I even went to Starbucks with Matt today and we independently worked; me completing my planner coolness, him reading a new book)  I plan to conduct this gratefulness experiment through the year while reporting on how it makes me feel

Let’s just see if I can continue this into the whole year!  Hopefully with my gratefulness journal! 



Here’s to a joyous 2017! 

We can only get better from 2016…


About Danielle!

A young professional Longwood University alum, with a traumatic brain injury having previously worked in the Therapeutic Recreation field with the elderly at nursing homes in Fairfax, VA. Now as a TBI advocate, trying to help others learn more about TBIs is involved in support groups, as well as very involved in my church, child care, and working part-time at a library
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2 Responses to Our next 365

  1. Pingback: Out with the Old | Inside Danielle's mind

  2. tdk says:

    Guess I need to make my plans as well

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