Happy New Year! Welcoming 2015, Reviewing 2014

Happy New Year!

I’m going to be honest right off the bat. I have never been as jazzed about the start of a new year as everyone else. I feel exactly the same waking up on January 1 as I did waking up on December 31. It’s a great excuse to go see friends and have a good time but I’ve never been a big fan of using it as a time to sort of refresh and start anew. I don’t actually start writing the correct year until like March (on a good year!). I am not magically a new better person with all these goals and things. None of that. It’s literally just another day off and, when it happens during the week, I don’t have to go to work.

I could spout reasons why or theories or anything but it’s this simple: I don’t care enough. If I am going to make a change, it is going to be on my own terms in my own time. It’s not going to be because everybody else is doing it too on January 1. It’s not because suddenly there’s a change in the calendar and that much be a good reason to start something new. The changes I make in my life are changes that I am making when I am emotionally and physically ready for them. And not a minute sooner. New Year’s Day is just not good motivation.

That all being said, though, 2014 was a pretty good year. Because of the changes I made in my own time during them. I moved out of my dad’s house, ran the Mudderella (happening in 2015, too!), I got a freaking Master’s degree, I got engaged to the love of my life, I ate some amazing food, and I started Stile.Foto.Cibo. Everything I’ve done has been amazing. There have been lows — there always are and we wouldn’t be humans without them — and there have been the most amazing highs.

Here’s a few photos of the amazing things that happened this year:

Went to Comic Con dressed as the 11th Doctor and Captain Jack. And then met Matt Smith and John Barrowman.

Went to Comic Con dressed as the 11th Doctor and Captain Jack. And then met Matt Smith and John Barrowman.

Ran the Mudderella!

Ran the Mudderella!

And finished the Mudderella!

And finished the Mudderella!

One of my best friends got married.

One of my best friends got married.

We moved! And ate on the floor out of boxes the first night.

We moved! And ate on the floor out of boxes the first night.

Started Stile.Foto.Cibo!

Started Stile.Foto.Cibo!

GOT A MASTER'S DEGREE!

GOT A MASTER’S DEGREE!

and got engaged to this beautiful lady. <3

and got engaged to this beautiful lady. ❤

Here’s to all the amazing things that will happen during 2015. What were some of your highlights?

New Year, New Resolution

I think it’s safe to say I’m terrible at keeping resolutions. I make them, I stick to them for anywhere from a day to a month, and then they fall by the wayside as I get lost in my schedule. Sometimes they’re very simple — wake up 5 minutes earlier — and sometimes they are more complicated — smoothies and only really healthy food from now on! — but they never last.

This year, I am doing one thing, attempting to keep it simple, and doing something I have never done before- starting early. I get the initial excitement of starting something new by doing it before the holidays and then, when January 1st hits, I get the renewed excitement of “Yeah! New Year, new challenges!” I’m hoping the two will combine to make this a habit. Fingers crossed!

My resolution for the year is to add at least 30 minutes of yoga at least 4 days per week.

This is a bit of a threefold resolution but it’s starting out simply enough.

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Reason 1 is relaxation. Stress and anxiety plague my day-to-day. I carry that tension in my body and often don’t have a way to release it all. The calm and inward focus of yoga will really help me release that tension and hopefully help relieve some of that anxiety.

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Reason 2: Flexibility. I’ve been dancing since I was a little girl. But I’ve always been one of the tightest dancers in the room. Flexibility is just not a thing that comes naturally to my body. Add to that an old injury from ages ago that makes stretching harder, and my body is just not about bending. At all. I’m hoping that the yoga will really help loosen me up. even if it doesn’t really increase my flexibility, at least helping relax some of my super tight muscles will help.

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Reason 3: Health. The busier my schedule is, the less I work out. Sure, I walk at least 15 minutes nearly every day in commuting time but that doesn’t feel like very much when this time last year, I was training for the Mudderella (hoping to find the time for that again this year!). This will at least build a little bit of movement into my life again.

Have you thought about your resolutions yet? What are they? Are you notoriously bad at remembering to stick to them? Share your stories in the comments!