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Are you making a new year resolution this year? If so, see my thoughts on How to Make A Proper New Year Resolution. I’ve also written about resolutions and listed resources on how to prepare for next year.

(On a side note, can you believe how long my blog has been around?)

I personally don’t believe in making resolutions. However, I do believe in feeling inspired to change myself for the better next year and tackle a few challenges. I would like to simplify my weeks. I would like to simplify my meals. I would like to increase passion both in my career (even if it means a career change) and in my creative hobbies.

I also think it’s important to not jump so quickly into next year without recognizing the events of the year currently ending. While a few negative things happened to me this year, I’d rather look back on the positive.

A Recap of 2013

This year truly held a lot of firsts for me. I feel like it was the start of a new life. Cheers to 2014 and new opportunities for more firsts!



A while back, I put together some ideas for decorating your nails for the new year. Here are some great ideas for heading into 2014 with flare!

Luckily, most of these are recreated with things you already have. Start with a neutral or white base and add gold or silver glitter to the top.

To recreate these effects, check out this tutorial on how to create a glitter gradient. Wondering how to create stripes or polkadots? Simply use the tip of a toothpick. Voila! Who new being festive was so simple?

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For the first time today, I went hiking — in mountains. Huge mountains. There were times I wondered what I was doing there, like when I had to jump from boulder to boulder over a roaring river or balance on a wobbling log, but at the very end we came to a waterfall and I couldn’t have been happier. I was even happy after I fell into the river on the way back.

I’m really glad everything turned out the way it did in 2012, or else I wouldn’t have been able to start 2013 like this.

But tomorrow I think I’ll stay grounded and work on my garden.

How was your first week of the new year?



How many new year resolutions have you made in your life time? How many have you followed through with?

Maybe this will give you an idea as to why I usually dislike hearing new year resolutions. People make a few mistakes when they decide upon theirs:

  • Making too many. I’ve heard people promise themselves an entire bucket list. Not going to happen.
  • Unrealistic wishes. Sometimes we tell ourselves we need to do something that just won’t happen, like a trip that takes years to save for or accomplishing something you know just isn’t your thing.
  • Focusing on short-term. Sometimes we don’t realize long term effects of our promises, or forget them after January altogether.
  • Negativity. I feel that instead of thinking about all the things in your life you want to change next year, realize how amazing your life is already. Some people scramble to find a resolution. If you don’t have one, is that really a problem? Sometimes bettering yourself isn’t a conscious process, but something that happens gradually.

Are resolutions evil? Of course not. But I think we often get carried away. Want to better yourself next year? So do I! Instead of resolutions, I recommend finding one thing you want to see a change in next year. Put your heart and soul into making that happen, but take it slowly. Want to run? Start walking every other day. Want to write a novel? Draft a few lines every day after breakfast. Want to put your life back together? Pick one little thing that would make a difference and fix it. One by one make your way to your goal. This will keep you from burning out and allow you to focus on one simple thing that will enhance your life.

What’s your resolution for 2012 and how will you approach it? And of course, wishing all of you lovely people a Happy New year!

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