Happy New Year! It's time for the proverbial out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new soliloquy...
First, a recap of some 2011 high- and low- lights:
I kicked off last year by ending a relationship I wasn't happy with and embraced some time for myself for the first time in 4 years. Then I got a sweet new roommate, went to my first oyster shooting competition, and threw a fun party. I subsequently fell in love with the coolest person I've ever met, whom I quickly moved in with, then moved again with, into quite possibly the sweetest apartment in Olympia. I lost my grandma, started making song lyric art, and had my first(-fifth) mint julep(s). I watched Julie & Julia and took up cooking as a serious hobby. I made most of my Christmas presents and had the most wonderful holiday since I was in grade school. I started listening to the Old 97's and went through a LOT of glitter glue. I got sucked into competitive reality television shows such as Project Runway, Top Chef and X Factor.
On the horizon for this year...
I think I'll stop daydreaming about being a mom and just enjoy not having kids. I don't really need 2012 to be a year full of dreams and aspirations...maybe it'll be the year when I'm finally happy where I'm at and not constantly looking forward to the next big thing. Of course, I get giddy thinking about the next big thing, but I've deleted some Pinterest boards and decided to hold off on planning a wedding before I'm engaged, outfitting a baby before it is conceived, and furnishing my dream home before I have the down payment. Maybe 2012 is the year of realism. I'm turning 29 in less than 2 weeks.
I do aspire, however, to increase the quality of several life components. I will aim to buy clothes that are well made and flattering and that I feel great wearing, and avoid cluttering my closet with cheap things I don't love. I will splurge occasionally on decorative things that I maybe don't need because I know how happy it makes me to have good aesthetics in my surroundings. I will purchase sturdy glassware, because try as I may, I may never break my habit of shattering a piece per week. I will treat myself to a manicure once in awhile, to celebrate the pretty white nails I have for the first time in my entire life because tearing them off is a habit I did manage to break last year. I will entertain more often. Specifically, I plan to make 2012 the Year of Adams Street Fondue. I will keep attempting to get into some kind of stretching routine, and I will keep promising myself that I will go to bed earlier and start getting to work on time. I will try to funnel more and scatter less and become great at a few things. Sometimes I will succeed, and sometimes I will fail.
In light of this being a year of realism, I want to focus on appreciating what is and being grateful for what I have. Honestly, I think I'm generally pretty awesome at this, but I am prone to the occasional pang of jealousy that comes from having a jillion amazing people in my life/facebook timeline/pinterest boards/universe doing ambitious things and having beautiful weddings and cute babies and successful careers and trendy clothes and ideal body shapes and mind-blowing culinary skills and the ability to walk in heels and stay charming after 2 martinis and so on. So, to aid in keeping the holiday spirit of gratefulness alive, and also to give me an excuse to blog more frequently, I am going to make like my pretty friend Megan and start a 30 day photo challenge centered on gratitude. I think that like her, I will do my photos on a weekly basis instead of daily, and I think I will start Monday. Stay tuned!
What are your New Year's Resolutions?