Monday, January 5, 2015

2014 Post-Resolutions

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I like the idea of setting high hopes for a new year.  After the holidays are over, everything just gets sad.  So it's nice to focus some energy into resolutions that keep your spirits high… even for only 2-3 weeks.  Or days.  Whatever. 

In January 2014, I was getting ready to move across the country - so I didn't feel the need to set additional resolutions because well, my life was already twist-turned upside down.  But, I'm going to do a new thing.  POST-RESOLUTIONS!  

Here are things I didn't necessarily plan to change or do in 2014, but somehow did: 

1. Move to another part of the country.  It was a lot harder than I thought it would be.  The west coast is very different from the east coast and as corny as this sounds, it's hard to feel a "connection" with this city and/or coast.  But I'm getting there.  It feels a heck of a lot more like home now than it did last year, so I did it.  I successfully moved and lived in a different part of the country. 

2. Make new friends but keep the old.  I have a lot of new friends.  Really good friends! Friends that I plan on inviting over for dinner and BoJack Horseman marathons.  But I also stayed close with a lot of old friends and got closer with friends from Boston who also live in or moved to Los Angeles the same time as me.  Great all around. 

3. Take a non-yoga group exercise class. I have always been afraid of them.  I don't like the idea of working out with people because I like to be good at things so when other people are better than me, I feel angry and less than.  But I took a SoulCycle class this year. It was weird! 

4. Take a skateboard and surf lesson.  Never wanted to do it.  But I did it. 

5. Take a road trip.  I took mini road trips to Twentynine Palms and Newport Beach.  But I also took a bit of a longer road trip to Las Vegas.  Nailed it. 

6. Buy a car.  Well, I leased one.  And I did it all by myself! 

7. Take control of finances.  I'm still working VERY HARD on this, but… well, I'm getting there.  I'm aware that my finances need some work - and that's the first step, right?!     At the very least, I stopped spending as much on nails and hair and random purchases at Target.  AS MUCH. 

8. Cook more meals at home.  This year I did MOSTLY grocery shopping and went out to eat a lot less.  I learned a few key recipes that I re-did over and over, like the perfect pan roasted chicken thighs and roasted brussel sprouts and not going to lie, really awesome burgers.  If I learned anything this year, it's cooking is easy and awesome and everyone should own a cast iron skillet. 

9. Get a new job.  I literally had no choice in the matter, but I also got a new job this year. It helped me stretch a lot of underused muscles - like stalking and going through an entire pad of post-its in a week.  But hey, I really enjoy the company and I learned a lot and I have so many ideas of things I want to do in the future running through my brain.  

10. Simplify. I left a lot of crap in Boston.  And my new apartment has basically no furniture.  And that's not intentional, by any means, but I've learned to live without a bunch of unnecessary shit.  I have a couch, a coffee maker, a coffee mug and a bed.  What else does one need? 

Ugh, so much.  

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This year, I have resolutions in my head.  Like do more performing, write more, travel more, explore California, create a fitness routine, etc.  But I think it's best to keep those in the back of my mind and see everything I can accomplish without the pressure.  Turns out, we can do a whole damn lot in a year without even thinking about it.  

Maybe next year I'll be a famous scrapbooker.  Here's to 2015. 

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