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.
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.