Can you believe it? It’s the last day of the year. After today, 2016 will be no more than a memory. As I scroll though my timeline, the impending new year brings hope and promise for many. 2017 represents 365 days to write a new chapter in our lives, and it’s going to be a good one. As Caribbean women I believe we ended 2016 on a high note. Tired of the violence, misogyny, and abuse, we had a collective “to hell with it”. We began to purge; speaking our harsh and sometimes ugly truths. For this reason I know 2017 will be a powerful year for us. I felt the vibration shift. Did you feel it? With the trump card in our possession and our collective power, we can begin to manifest the communities and nations we want to dwell in, in 2017 and beyond.
Today on Island Muse, I joined forces with the ladies that kept us informed all year long with their thought-provoking and sometimes humorous contributions to the blog. Here are the things we’re leaving behind in 2016 for a kickass 2017.
- “In 2016 I was caught up in the daily grind which left me feeling perpetually exhausted and empty. While my career is on the up and up, I still feel stuck. This year I felt like my life was stagnant and lacking purpose. The moments I’ve felt alive this year, learning about myself, chasing my dreams and exploring my passions have been far too few. Next year I’ll be investing in myself through education, creativity, journaling and praying my way to better me in 2017.”- Suzette Bonas, writer extraordinaire and island girl @suzieqsez
- “In 2017 I’ll be letting go of my need to fit in and be accepted by everyone. My uniqueness, or in some cases my lack of “Caribbean-ness” is what makes me outstanding. I’m also saying goodbye to long and dreadful to do lists, opting instead to focus on 3 tasks to complete each day and Hulk smash them! – Analise Kandasammy, writer and founder of @justanalise
- “Even with all the firsts and the growth I experienced in 2016, I’ve realised there’s still a part of me scared of messing it all up. I still compare myself to others occasionally and harbour thoughts of self doubt…..all things which cripple effective progress. So the one thing I need to leave behind in 2016, is the fear of failure. As humans, we sometimes fall short. But failure isn’t fatal. I’ll fail sometimes- and I’m okay with that because life is about learning from every experience both good and bad.”- Julia Mandeville, researcher, educator and co-founder of @bdosassocofendoandpcos
- “Deciding what I would leave behind in 2016 called for some deep reflection. I mentally gathered up all the ‘mini regrets’ and ‘mistakes’ and realized they all had the same common theme. I was fearful of some imaginary consequence! Though cliché, I would have to say fear is the one thing that if left behind, could make 2017 a pretty awesome year. So here’s to being fearless and awesome in 2017!”-Jasmine Evelyn, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist and founder of @mindfulmovement246
- “2016 is a year I’ll never forget. It brought so many challenges and victories. I experienced my highest of highs and my lowest of lows, unlike any other year. One thing I’m leaving behind in 2016 is to stop saying ‘yes’ when I really want to say ‘no’. A few times this year I found myself wondering why I hadn’t simply said no firmly and politely the first time. This past December I finally realized that saying no doesn’t mean I’m a bad person, it just means I know my value and what I want. Most importantly it means I’m willing to live my life without fear of being judged, rejected or disliked. In 2017 and beyond, I want to bask in the feeling of freedom, empowerment, and control, which can only come from simply saying no.”- Isake Tom, Founder and EIC of @island_muse
So here’s to a happy and prosperous 2017, free from Snapchat dog filters and Pokémon Go. Ok maybe not the dog filter, we’ll keep that. 🙂