We’re only five days into the new year and I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised.

Usually, it takes a few weeks to really feel the effects of a new year: the high you get from working out, the sense of accomplishment from creating a morning routine, the wicked hangover you get after celebrating a little too late the night before.

In this case, things are already taking off.

If I had to pinpoint one reason, it would probably be thanks to last year’s decisions.

Instead of focusing on quick actions that provided short-term results, I did my best to look further ahead and prioritize things that would have a better long-term effect (all while dealing with a cornucopia of shit).

Now, I’m not saying everything is falling into place - far from it.

In fact, I have yet to draw out my priorities for the new year.

I’m just noticing that for the first time in my life, I am actually OK with where I am.

I’m not complacent or apathetic - I’m simply content for the time being.

For all of you out there who are your own harshest critics (like me), take a moment and think back to the last time you felt this way.

I’m assuming these moments are few and far between.

When they do pop up, bask in them because, as you can probably guess, they tend to be fleeting.