Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Holiday: Resolutions

Well hello there, gems. It's been a few days (actually, a whole year if you think about it), and I've missed you.

My short little hiatus from the blog was much needed. Truth be told, I needed a few days to come up with my resolutions for this year. Similar to last year, resolutions are a {kind of} big deal to me. It helps me hold myself accountable to do just a little bit better/more/less/different than I did the year before. I did pretty decent on my resolutions from 2013 (I was committed to setting achievable, realistic and un-lofty goals), and I'm ready to do even better in 2014. 2014, I'm ready for you, and I'm excited you're here.

1. Change my eating habits. So much for "don't set hard-to-measure goals," right? Well, truth be told, the first few months of this new year are dedicated to me finding out what the heck is going on with me. From internal issues to anxiety, restless nights sleeping and a plethora of weird allergies, my body has gone a little haywire over the past few years. To try and figure out what's wrong with me, and to spur an entirely new {and cleaner} set of eating habits, I'm eating as little gluten as possible to help reset my body. By eliminating gluten, I'll be ridding my body of all the bad things I eat {think processed food, baked goods etc.} I'm only a few days in, and it already feels like I have more energy and there's a little more spring in my step. Hopefully this helps!

2. Refresh my Italian language skills. Thankfully, I still kept my textbooks and have a few online learning tools to help me out. I'm back to hitting the books!

3. Expand my cooking expertise. I love cooking, and am actually pretty good at it, if I do say so myself. While I like to try a new recipe every now and again, I'm known to be a bit safe when it comes to making meals - I have my favorite go-to dishes and I make them often. This year, I'm going to learn to cook a few things that I legitimately have zero idea how to make. I may set off a fire alarm or burn a thing or two in the process, but I'll learn! Hey, I cooked an entire Thanksgiving dinner this year - I can do this.

4. Do a weekly activity with Jack. Jack works a lot {think 65-75 hours a week}. So while we live together, spending quality time with each-other isn't always easy {there just aren't enough hours in the day}. While we plan dates and spend weekends together, I'm determined to start some sort of weekly, recurring activity for us. I'm not sure what it is yet {maybe Sunday suppers?}, but by the end of 2014, we'll have a weekly activity in place...I'm just not sure what it is yet. What can I say, I like the guy a lot.

5. Continue writing thank you notes. I'm a big proponent of writing thank you notes and expressing gratitude. It's just who I am. This is a must for me.

6. Plan a girls trip. It's hard for me to put into words how important it is for me to carve out time to spend with my girlfriends. You get me and rejuvenate me, ladies - I love you so much for it! This year, even if it's just a weekend trip to the Midwest {but maybe a trip to the Caribbean?}, I want to make time for the girls. Endless laughter, lots of drinks, stories, a bit of gossip and time spent together - sounds perfect to me!

7. Prioritize the blog. I say this a lot, don't I? This year, I vow to make the {minor} changes I've been talking about to the blog, and will try as hard as I can to come up with a regular posting schedule. Just writing this post, I feel unbelievably excited to continue pursuing the blog. I love sharing my day to day activities, good times and not so good times with you all. I feel giddy, humbled and so, so honored to think that you visit me as often or as randomly as you do. If you stop by once a year or once a day, you are so incredibly important to me. So in 2014, I'm going to step it up for you.

8. Make as many trips home to see my family as possible. This is an obvious one. My family - they are the best people. They just are. I am one lucky {the luckiest} girl in the world to have them.

9. Yoga, yoga, yoga. After years of trying to be a gym rat, run on the treadmill or do the elliptical until I fall off, I finally discovered that I am most relaxed on my yoga mat. You guys know me - I'm a little OCD/hyper anxious {that's a severe understatement}. Yoga calms me. Even if it's only for 60 minutes in that sweaty yoga studio, I am at peace. For this girl, that hasn't been easy to find. So while 2014 might be the year of the horse, for me, it's the year of the horse pose and downward dog. Namaste.

10. Celebrate life's little moments. This was a resolution of mine in 2013, and to be honest, I can't see it ever making its way off this list. Sometimes I get too focused on the big picture, and forget to celebrate every day triumphs and happinesses. Being able to turn my busy mind off for a second to focus on present is something I'm constantly working on {and will be working on for the rest of my life, I'd presume}. But it's one of my favorite resolutions on this list. Don't worry, I already have a bottle of champagne in the refrigerator to celebrate. Maybe we should pop it after surviving this -50 degree Minneapolis day? Cheers to that.

Well, there you have it, 2014. We've got a lot of work to do, but I couldn't be more excited.

Enough about my resolutions - do you have any resolutions this year you're excited about! Share away!


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