2015!! Happy New Year!!

It’s New Years Eve, and I’m sitting on the couch surrounded by tissues sniffling and achy and totally sick.  Thankfully I didn’t have any crazy New Year’s Eve party plans, but still, it’s kind of a bummer to be sick on the last night of 2014.

I may not be popping champagne or singing karaoke tonight, but I do want to take a moment to reminisce about the past year and lay out some resolutions for the new year.

2014.

It really was an incredible year.

In January I went to Costa Rica with my entire extended family and had the incredible opportunity of staying in a massive mansion with monkeys running along the balconies and an endless supply of fruit smoothies and margaritas.

I celebrated a year with my incredible boyfriend at our favorite restaurant, overlooking the ocean in Big Sur.

I ran another half-marathon and set a new PR.

We moved to Pasadena, into our own little house, and it’s been so much fun!

I’ve been published in several writing publications, my blog has taken off, and I’ve been part of a lot of awesome creative projects.

I’ve spent more time with my girlfriends, which has been such an amazing blessing.

I’ve fully embraced feminism and feel stronger, happier, and more like myself because of it.

On December 9th I got engaged to the love of my life underneath the Hollywood night sky.

For Christmas we went to Montana to celebrate the holidays with my family.  What a wonderful way to start and finish the year – with the people I love most.

That’s a really brief look at the highlights of 2014, and believe me, every day was a highlight.  Yes, the year had it’s difficulties, some of which I’m still dealing with and learning to cope with.  But I’m so incredibly blessed, and at the end of this year, I can undoubtedly say I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.  And I know 2015 is only going to get better!  Here are a few of my resolutions:

Write more and more often!  I want to finish my first novel this year, and the goal is to write at least 3 pages every day.  I also really want to keep working on and promoting my blog, as well as submitting writing to all sorts of publications.  Writing writing writing!

Get more involved in feminism, through volunteering, a career, a podcast, creative projects…hopefully all of these things!  I want to share the positivity and joy and strength that I’ve found through feminism.  I want to help other girls and women who have been through the things I’ve dealt with.  I want to be a positive role model.  I want to change the world.

Run my first full marathon!  I’ve been super fit and healthy throughout 2014, but I really want to train for a full marathon and qualify for Boston.  I’m also determined to get the ever elusive 6 pack this year (and no, the kind you keep in the fridge).

In relation to health, I also want to keep working on self-love and self-acceptance.  I definitely think I’ve done a better job of that this past year, but I know I have lots of room to grow.  We should all embrace and cherish the body we have, and I’m determined to really work on body positivity in 2015.

The fiancé (eep!  I love using that word!) and I want to make sure we make time for ourselves and our relationship.  We want to plan at least one fun getaway/event a week, and one big trip every few months.  We’re going to try new things, go on new adventures, and continue to grow and learn together.

Spend more time with ladies!  I want to hang out more with the awesome girlfriends I have, and make more friends!  I really want to put myself out there this year, meet new people, and get involved in all sorts of fun, feminist, artsy projects!  Let’s be friends!

Be more thoughtful.  I think I’m a pretty thoughtful, kindhearted person, but I also think I could make a greater effort to think about others.  This year I want to do more nice things for more people.  Whether it’s a letter in the mail, a surprise dinner date, a phone call, etc. I’m going to be a better friend, fiancé, daughter, sister, human being.

Start planning my WEDDING!

 

Those are my more serious resolutions.  But here are a few other fun ones:

Learn to cook more meals.

Learn to play the guitar.

Get another pet friend for Louie.

Get more tattoos!

Get better at cleaning things lol.

Try out new makeup looks.

Budget money better.

And that’s just a few!  You’ll have to excuse me if this post isn’t all that eloquent.  I literally have to blow my nose every 30 seconds, and I’m not exactly functioning at full capacity right now.  But I thought it was important to write this post, and I wanted to wish everyone a very happy New Year!  I love you all and I can’t wait for all the fun, joy, and excitement that 2015 is going to bring! 

XOXO!