A blank page

There is power in a blank page. While its emptiness can be intimidating, there is plenty of space to be creative, to try new things and even try again when you mess up. What you want to add is up to you, and being tasked with filling the entirety of an empty page may prove to be difficult. But, once you fill it up in a way that makes you happy, it can be a satisfying experience.

A new year is exactly like this blank page: it’s a wide open, empty expanse stretching out in front of you for what seems like an eternity, even though there is a 365-day border that limits the space you have to create the life you want. Setting out into this vast unknown can be daunting, but it is in this unknown that you are granted the artistic license to do and try whatever you desire.

We’ve reached the end of the page on 2016; it’s been filled with ups, downs and curveballs we never saw coming. For me personally, it has been a year of growth, of some uphill battles and some great triumphs. And through it all, Take Her Lead has left its mark on the page of my 2016 in the most significant way, allowing me to take one more step into living the life I’ve dreamed of. But this page has reached its capacity; it’s filled with progress and some notes to my future self.

Now it’s time to face another blank page. We may think we’ve expended our creativity and our determination in 2016. We may think that those little paper cuts that sliced us open will never heal. But although that page of 2016 will always be there in the stories of our lives, it will not solely determine how our story ends.

So today, as we are handed a clean sheet of paper upon which to write the latest installment in our life stories, sharpen your pencils and break out your finest pens. Gather up all of those ideas, goals, hopes and dreams that you’ve shelved in the crevices of your mind. Take a deep breathe, and start creating.

After all, you have a whole page to fill.

Happy New Year, friends. Thanks for sticking around.

XO,

Nicole

 

A New Year’s Reflection

5…4…3…2…1…Happy New Year! As the clock struck midnight and ushered in 2016, I couldn’t help but stop and reflect on all of the great things that happened in my life in 2015.

While there were, of course, ups and downs, 2015 was generally a great year for me. After all, it was the year that I took my dreams into my own hands and created Take Her Lead. This site has been one of the greatest things ever to be in my life, not only because it is my attempt at realizing my dreams of running my own publication, but also because running this site has taught me so much. It has taught me how to manage my time, how to produce quality content under time constraints, and how to create a dynamic, multimedia site — all of which have molded me into a more conscientious, determined journalist. Not to mention that THL has given me the chance to learn the stories of inspiring women all over the globe — that’s worth it in and of itself.

But now that 2016 has graced us with its arrival, I have another 365 days to create the life I’ve always dreamed about, whether that includes furthering THL, pursuing other professional opportunities, or forming new friendships and relationships while maintaining others.

And the same applies to you. Every year, we all make resolutions for the new year, things we hope we can achieve or do with the fresh set of days that we have been given. While we make keep some resolutions and easily break others, before we set out on this new 365-day adventure, we need to ask ourselves, “Are the resolutions I am making going to contribute to my overall happiness and well-being? Or are they just things I think I need to do?”

To me, there should only be one resolution that we should make upon the arrival of a new year: to do things that will create the lives of our dreams.

Do what sets your heart afire, do something today that you will thank yourself for tomorrow, do what you are scared to do.

Take a chance, and have faith that everything will work out. You never know — that one chance you decide to take may lead you to exactly where you want to be.

I wish you a happy, healthy and safe new year filled with nothing but good things.

XO,

Nicole