I had a wonderful year in 2013, with my beautiful everyday handbag coming into my life on the occasion of my birthday in April, celebrating Chris's 30th birthday in Ocean City, MD in July, having Sunday-Monday weekends back after quitting my part-time job and then leaving in August, rocking a bikini on the beach also in August, going on a girly getaway to New York City for J's 30th birthday in October, my shopping spree throughout November, booking a trip to Paris with Elizabeth on Black Friday also in November, and finally receiving a metal bed at Christmas in December. And those are just the big events. I am incredibly grateful for the little things too, which includes all my entertaining of a guest or two, hanging out with my family's new dog Minnie, sipping margaritas throughout the summer, trying new recipes, savoring a cappuccino and chocolate croissant while reading at my favorite coffee shop, spontaneously meeting up with Kate in Baltimore, enjoying a cup of hot chocolate every once in a while during the winter, giving my parents a thoughtful Christmas gift, and enjoying the creative outlet of blogging. I am a very lucky girl.
I love new beginnings but I feel like improvement could happen any day, not just on January 1st. Since I'm looking forward to turning 30, I've been focusing on what I wanted to do with a new decade rather than how I wanted to change over 2014. I'm afraid the ones I will share on this post are rather hastily made. As an INFJ who constantly daydreams of possibilities and is always a work in progress, I love New Year's resolutions. I'll probably make them every year.
But, first a reflection upon the resolutions over last year...
My resolutions for 2013 were:
1. To lose weight. My specific goal was a 12 pound weight loss. It turns out that I lost 4 pounds, and I'll consider that a success. I always try to cut down on eating and have been walking where I needed to go since I really haven't driven my own car in the past six months.
2. To master portion control. This happens to be a fail. I still need to eat less at meals and stop before feeling absolutely stuffed. I realize that I will be working on this every day of my life. I did, however, develop the habit of savoring a single square of Ghirardelli 60% cacao dark chocolate instead of munching on handfuls of other chocolate as a dessert or indulgence.
3. To escape my hometown. I am still working on this one. I realized that I want to move to Philadelphia.
4. To break into the international education field. I didn't accomplish this one either.
5. To plan my 30th birthday trip in 2014. I am unbelievably excited to go to Paris for my big birthday! Elizabeth and I are planning possible itineraries now. I cannot wait to sit at a cafe with Elizabeth, savor a coffee and pain au chocolat and gaze at the beautiful buildings and people. I am so pleased that I am actually going after all I have sacrificed, working so many days a week, holding back so much, especially following such a strict budget. It will all be worth it. Travel is what I live for.
My resolutions for 2014 are:
1. To lose weight. I still hope to continue and lose that additional 8 pounds to reach the goal weight I wanted in 2013. I've been very happy at that particular weight before. It just happens to be at the low end of my current size, so I don't need to tailor all my current items or purchase an entire new wardrobe. With a slightly slimmer silhouette, I want to feel fabulous in my clothes.
2. To move back to Philly. So done with the suburbs, I need to move to a city, and I have chosen my beloved Philadelphia. I plan to take even more action than I have been lately in order to make this a reality. (My sister is also moving to Pennsylvania. She has landed a job and will be less than an hour away from my intended future home at the end of the month.)
3. To enjoy my 30th birthday in Paris. I want to have the time of my life. I am ready for adventure. I'll even speak French! Practically, I need to save every penny I can so I can do everything I want to do and bring home pretty things.
Not only do I hope you reach your own goals, dear readers, but also, in the spirit of my new series, I hope that your new year is full of wonderful moments of simple pleasures. ...that you consciously make each day beautiful.
I would also love to learn your resolutions. If you have one, then please comment below.