Cheers to a New Year! Cheers to new travels, new reads, new health goals, new blog posts, and new adventures with my husband.
Cheers to the wonderful, sometimes challenging, mostly gratitude-filled year that was 2014. It was a calm learning experience after the eventful, insane year that was 2013.
I learned how to be on my own in a location that made me feel very alone, to find excitement in the day before me instead of events happening in the distant future, to lean on myself and my husband instead of family or friends, to grow in my career, to open sunflower seeds correctly, to shampoo a carpet, to wait to get a dog or cat, to cook some mean healthy recipes, to handle a nasty bout of sickness solo (without a mom or roommates to cook or get me anything!), to do things that terrify me because those things may just go down in history as the best moments of my life, and so much more.
It was a year of growth.
But 2015 has all the potential to be my very favorite year yet. It started off with the best looking man I know kissing me at midnight and then a ridiculously healthy omelette first thing this morning, so I’m already feeling pretty positive. I also have more wonderful plans than I can count in the days, weeks, and months ahead.
A few weeks back I blogged about all the exciting travel opportunities coming my way in 2015. Tomorrow, I’m writing about health-related resolutions and my fitness plans in the year ahead. Currently? I am loving Spotify’s Peaceful Indie Ambient playlist, guzzling water, and prepping for my first outdoor run since the snow fell.
As for resolutions?
I have many. I always do. I love writing down things to help me become a better person. I do it monthly and even weekly sometimes. Last year the biggest one was to become more optimistic. My husband agreed with me recently I have definitely been seeing the glass half full more often since this summer.
This year the big one is social media. It’s a huge part of my life because it’s a huge part of my career (and because I am addicted). But I want to make more of an effort to put the phone out of reach when spending quality time with my husband. To spend less time scrolling through feeds when I wake up first thing in the morning. To not stalk people I barely know because I’m bored (so, so guilty of this).
I simply want to make it less of a priority in my life. On my Minnesota vacation in a few weeks, I’m making it my goal to be more present. I have an amazing camera to take pictures of the moments if that’s the excuse I use. I want to stop looking down, and start looking up a bit more. Yes, it’s nice to connect. But it’s also nice to live here and now.
So that’s my 2015 resolution: Live in the moment. Put the phone down. If I want to live someone else’s life, pick up a book.
“Cause you never think that the last time is the last time. You think there will be more. You think you have forever, but you don’t.”
— Meredith Grey
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