And with that, 2013 has come to a close. As I mused at this time last year, time goes by so fast it’s hard to remember all of the year’s accomplishments and joyful times all at once. I debated doing a recap of all of the awesome things that happened in 2013. Then I waffled – it would probably be boring and a waste of time. But, ultimately, I realized that reflection on the last year’s most happy memories would start me off on the right foot for 2014. So, here goes!
My 2013 highlights include (in chronological order): juicing adventures, got new glasses, made my first quilt, watched BC hockey from a luxury box, crafted an owl friend, saw Fun., experienced a crazy blizzard, saw New Found Glory in Atlantic City, went to the Boston Flower and Garden show, saw Desaparecidos, went to the Somerville Garden Club for the first time, new Paramore album, discovered Forbidden Island, lived through one of the most tragic things to happen in Boston, celebrated our two year wedding anniversary, road tripped from San Diego to Portland, took up watercoloring, saw Say Anything, started composting, did a professional photoshoot for Improv Boston, was in my sister-in-laws’ wedding, visited the PEZ factory, enjoyed the summer farmers market, visited my nephews in Richmond, took a weekend road trip to Vermont, saw Saves The Day, Broke Bad, watched my husband officiate the wedding of two dear friends, saw Bryan Cranston live in All The Way, completed a line of zippered bags, went to Charleston, the Red Sox won the World Series, went to a work conference, enjoyed BC football, saw Paramore, took up hand lettering, went to Philly, freaked over new Beyonce, went to NYC in a snowstorm, completed the Thomas Keller Trifecta (The French Laundry, Per Se, Bouchon), saw for the first time what would would end up being three of my all time favorite movies (Safety Not Guaranteed, About Time, The Hobbit 2), made a ton of great food, saw UFC 168 live, celebrated Christmas in Vegas.
It was an incredible year. I have a lot to be thankful for.
2013 was the year of Taking Care of Me, much like 2012 was the year of Balance. Rather than focus on resolutions, I like to pick a theme for the year and apply it to all areas of my life. The theme for 2014 is going to be Clutter-Free. I plan to declutter physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, etc.
I live my life like this in general anyway, but I want to use 2014 as an opportunity to try as be a minimalist as possible. I’ve already started with little things like tossing most of my old make up collection, unsubscribing myself from all of the junk emails I receive (huge shout out to unenroll.me, definitely check them out), and tackling my 2013 receipt pile. The work put in to decluttering is usually minimal but the pay off is huge (having only what is needed and used, and not getting weighed down by excess – in all senses). I hope that if you’re making resolutions for 2014 that you’re successful and intentioned, and, if you’re not into that sort of thing, that 2014 is another year of happiness, good health, and success. Happy New Year!