There’s been a lot of talk lately about bidding adieu to 2016. And I get it. There were lots of reasons that it felt like a superlatively crappy year. If we were to mark on a calendar the events we witnessed in this past year collectively—to say nothing of what we’ve experienced individually—the days would look dark indeed. And not to get too morose, but there are lots of reasons to acknowledge that we’re facing even tougher times in 2017.
But a calendar can also be a hopeful thing: A place to scribble events we look forward to, a guide to monthly meditations, a reminder for anniversaries and birthdays and milestones worth celebrating, a place for listing goals and holding ourselves accountable.
I’m ever hopeful that a new year can be an opportunity to forge a new path. For myself, I’m taking 2017 as an opportunity to reevaluate my values and my commitment to hard work, not just for myself personally but for my business more generally. There’s gonna be a lot of crap to add to the calendar in 2017, without doubt. There will be new anniversaries that are mournful or shameful or just plain difficult, but I’m hopeful that my 2o17 calendar will have good to outweigh the bad. At the end of it, I hope I can look back and say that I’ve worked hard and been vigilant and made a difference.
In case you still have gifts on your list (or you’re hoping for something hopeful and pretty to fill your space in 2017), here’s a list of some of the simple and lovely wall calendars I’ve spotted for 2017: