I’ve never been a proponent of counting down the days until a year is over. Or when its last days are upon us, bemoaning what a terrible year it was and blasting social media with all that went wrong. I believe every year serves its purpose. However, I struggled immensely with not doing ALL of that in the last few weeks of 2013. It was not a kind year. My grandmother died, I went through a terrible, very unpleasant breakup (and I can’t seem to stop finding out additional information that makes it all worse) and also experienced my first layoff and subsequent unemployment. A situation I’ve not been able to remedy yet. For anyone else going through a long-standing job search, let’s grab a drink. Or four.
Through all of this, there has been one silver lining. I’ve re-established my faith and will be joining a new church this coming weekend. Through all of the studying and meditation I’ve done, I know that I’m right where I need to be. Although it may not be comfortable and no light at the end of the tunnel is visible, this whole experience will serve a greater purpose. I repeated these words to myself over and over again as 2013 wound down. And I put myself to task making big plans for 2014. I will make this my year.
New Years Resolutions are always ambitiously made and rarely kept. I had two pages of absolute gibberish for mine. I started wondering, if I couldn’t organize my goals for the year, how in the world was I going to organize myself for the year? Plus I didn’t want the stereotypical “lose weight” and “save money” mantras. Those are things I need to be doing regardless if it’s the start of a new year. Then I came across a post by Lauren Conrad (on whom I’ve developed a massive girl crush!) on Pinterest, which laid out eight resolutions of stunning perfection. Naturally I have to share –
1. A bad habit I’m going to break
Drinking too much too often. This has to stop, for many reasons. Most of all my sanity and so I don’t have to self-edit on Twitter and Instagram the next morning! What does the stuff I say even mean?! In addition, my sailor mouth? It must go.
2. A destination I’d like to visit
I haven’t been out of this country since 2004. I’ve let my younger self down so very much. Traveling was always the number one thing I yearned to do while growing up, as we never vacationed when I was a kid. I know that marriage, divorce, moving to Los Angeles and back and all the little adventures in between got in the way. But no more excuses. And one thing I certainly learned to do in 2013 was live on less. So it’s time to save pennies for world travels. One of my good girlfriends in LA is going to Barcelona in June (BARCELONA!), should I get a job soon (God, are you listening? It’s me, Nikki. Again.) I have every intention of joining her.
3. I’m going to work harder at
My spiritual practice and being a better Christian. Gosh I know that sounds cheesy to some. But this is my own journey and not something I would ever press upon anyone else, but I’m here if anyone needs guidance or inspiration. I’m by no means perfect and this is a day-to-day discipline, which does not come easily to me. I have an advanced degree in self-doubt and self-loathing.
I’d also love to start promoting AdvoCare more. I’ve been a part of this fabulous, encouraging company for awhile now. They have genuine integrity and I stand by our products 100%. I’ll have plenty of posts about this in the future. I’ve learned many healthy benefits and uses.
4. A project I’d like to finish
On a small scale, I’d love to finally complete the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge. In full disclosure, I’ve attempted this SEVERAL times and have continued to fail for ridiculous reasons. I just started on Jan. 6 and am determined to make it work for me this time. I’ve learned some new tricks and done a lot of research (seriously, Pinterest is the BEST) so I have a kitchen and brain full of ammunition right now! Again, more on that later.
On a larger scale, admitting this out loud is difficult, but I’ve never been an organized or tidy person. Domestic chaos comes natural to me. Therefore, Apartment Therapy’s January Cure has become my daily devotional. I may already be behind though…whoopsies.
5. A class I’d like to take
I MUST learn basic sewing. Is anyone else disappointed that home economics was no longer a requirement by the time our generation hit high school? Thank goodness I’ve taught myself to cook. But sewing? Forget about it. I would love to just walk into Joann Fabrics and pick out exactly the pattern I want and make my own stinking throw pillows! Who’s with me on this?!
6. I’d like to spend more time doing
Making and sending handcrafted/written cards. Yoga. Cooking. The cooking thing I’m all over right now because of the challenge.
7. A food I want to eat more of
Cupcakes. Cause they’re the best thing ever. And anything vegan. I seriously mean this. I will never be a full-blown vegan; I was born and raised in TEXAS. And my favorite Dallas restaurant is a steakhouse (Nick & Sam’s). So I would just like to incorporate more recipes and items into my diet.
8. I want to wear more of
Lovely perfume. I just got two Jo Malone samples and they’re splendid. And my biggest superficial DREAM is to finally wear high heels again. I broke my ankle almost two years ago and the metal is havoc on my bones. As soon as my insurance kicks in (from work or via Obamacare) this hardware is coming out, my friends.
Alas, what about you? I challenge you to fill this out and see where it takes you this year.