Well, as I’m sure you can tell by my posting (or lack thereof), 2013 was one of the most challenging years I have ever had. In fact, I think it’s pretty safe to say that is was THE most challenging. But instead of rehashing the past, I’m choosing to move forward and focus on the future. Sayonara, 2013! Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
And on to 2014.
Admittedly, I’m one for making resolutions. The nerd in me totally loves goal setting, list making, and planning. But this year it’s different. The new year is the spark I needed to relight the fire within, the passion for life that 2013 stomped out just a bit. This year I’m determined to be even happier, healthier, and more prosperous than ever before. I’m ready to take all of those tough lessons learned in 2013 and use them to power my way through 2014.
Here are some of my personal (non-professional) resolutions/inspirations for the coming year.
#1: Be Happier.
Being happy is a choice. If we constantly let our circumstances dictate how we feel, how can we ever truly take control of our lives? My number one priority for 2014 is to do a better job of living my personal motto (and blog inspiration): Always look on the bright side of life. More laughing, more loving, more positivity. More of the things in life that make me happy – singing, reading, playing with puppies, and most of all making time for ME! Specifically, I want to read 12 books, finish French Rosetta Stone, and start a daily gratitude journal. Plus my fiancé and I have a joint goal of writing one song a day, no matter how short or terrible it may be!
#2: Be Healthier.
When the going got tough, my willpower ran the heck out the door. Before the end of 2013, I honestly couldn’t tell you the last time I had fast food. But with the onslaught of stress and craziness that hit me these past couple of months, for lack of a better term I kind of let myself go – and as a person who is extremely sensitive to dietary changes, it took a toll on me both physically and mentally. The positive thing about my foray into the land of junk food is that I now remember how terrible I feel after eating donuts and pizza. Eating healthy not only allows me to physically do the things I like to do, but also keeps me in the best frame of mind. I don’t know about you, but eating too much sugar makes me grumpy, depressed, and anxious. As a health freak with a love for green juice, granola, and holistic healing, I’m honestly not really sure what happened.
Plus, I’ve been making an active effort (no pun intended) to get up and move more these past few weeks. As an athlete, I’ve always made exercise a priority, but when my schedule got a bit overwhelming and the cold weather rolled in, for some reason I couldn’t get off the couch. One day my boss noticed I seemed a bit down and asked if I had been working out. He suggested I start making exercise a priority again – and it has made a huge difference! It even encouraged me to get a Jawbone UP band to make sure I’m continuing to move (would definitely recommend).
As a side note, I’ve also had a lifelong dream of seeing my abs. Those elusive little suckers have been hiding for 25 years now and it’s about time they made their debut! So superficially, this is also the year of the abs.
#3: Be More Chic.
This really means continuing to develop my personal style and making more of an effort each day to look put together. I generally feel I do a relatively good job, but do tend to fall into the pattern of letting my hair air dry and throwing on the same style of outfit. While I think its good to have a personal uniform, I would like to experiment more with make up, style my hair differently more often, and continue to stay in tune with what’s “chic” by reading my regular selection of fashion blogs. Here’s what’s inspiring me for 2014 (and as you’ll see, I’m still digging the black/gold and chunky heels).