Happy New Year, everyone! Have you missed me?
2013– a year in review
This year was full of accomplishments and great things. Despite an unimaginably rough November and beginning to December, I finished the year in good spirits– and with a kiss at midnight on January 31.
- I quit my job
- I started my own business
- Successfully completed my first semester of graduate school — and earned a 3.7 GPA
- Broke up with my boyfriend…
- …and started dating again <3
- Moved into a new apartment — by myself
- Adopted an adorable puppy, Charlie
- Made some incredible new friends — Paige, Rachel, Hannah, Holly
- Celebrated the marriage of my best friend
2014– to the year ahead
I’m predicting that my 2014 will be filled with travel, personal discoveries, business growth, and staying single. My motto for the year:
Resolutions & Revolutions
- Stay on the clean eating path. For the past month or so I’ve been relatively committed to eating clean and keeping my plate free of dairy, sugar, and grains. I’ve noticed a spike in my energy, improved skin quality, and just a general feeling of well-being.
- Drink. More. Water. ‘Nuff said.
- Take care of my skin with regular facials. Last year I had my first facial and I plan on continuing to treat myself to a facial with the changing of each season. I’m also sticking to my skin regimen– it’s important!
- Commit to a yoga practice. My friend Meryn really inspired me with her yoga poses on Instagram, reminding me of how we used to go to Power Yoga together in our hometown. I’m a bit of a mental thoroughbred, so anything that can calm me down is important. My goal is to be able to successfully complete the same yoga sequence that Briohny Smith does in her Equinox gym ads.
- Read. A lot of my reading last year was graduate school related. This year, I asked my friends to recommend to me one book they thought I’d love. As of now, I’ve got a list of 16 books. If you have a book recommendation for me leave it in the comments!
- Attend wine and beer tastings. I adore wine (and I’m trying to learn to like beer) but I don’t know a ton about either beverage.
- Host girl’s night once a month. My new apartment is perfect for hosting girl’s nights in– and if I learned anything in 2013 it’s that close girlfriends are necessary for a wonderful life.
- Play more with Charlie. Having a puppy is a lot like having a toddler and sometimes it’s difficult to find time to play (read: tire out) Charlie with such a full schedule. I need to find a great dog park near our new digs.
- Travel to see my best friends. My childhood best friends live all over the map– Kansas, Rhode Island, Florida, North Carolina, and Texas. This year, I’m determined to travel to visit each of them or organize a weekend where we all can be in the same place!
- Send more handwritten letters; remember everyone’s birthday. In December I visited my favorite stationer, Mac & Murphy, to stock up on stationary. I also went a little crazy at Target to buy birthday, thinking of you, missing you, and other cards. It’s so special to receive a note in the mail.
- Attend more fun festivals, events, restaurant openings, and concerts. I’ve been a hermit for way too long. I need to get out more! First up? Alton Brown in February!
2014 Reading List
- Daisy Miller: A Study by Henry James
- The Elements of Cooking: Translating the Chef’s Craft for Every Kitchen by Michael Ruhlman
- The Pleasure’s All Mine: A History of Perverse Sex by Julie Peakman
- Goat Mountain by David Vann
- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
- Southern Cross the Dog by Bill Cheng
- On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America’s Domestic Architecture by Virginia Savage McAlester
- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
- The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
- This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
- Libra by Don Delillo
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson