The beginning of the year feels mildly like a Monday — a great excuse to begin again, start new traditions.  I’ve found — in my limited time on this Earth — that the day you begin something doesn’t really matter.  It’s whether or not you believe in what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and if you feel fully committed to making a change.

It is much easier said than done.

That being said  — here are some of my lofty (and not so loftly) goals for this newest year.  Happy 2015 World!

1.  I would like to learn to speak Spanish.  I was given Rosetta stone for my birthday, and I would really like to dedicate myself to working through the levels and being able to communicate in a second language.

2.  I would like to be disciplined enough to sit down on a regular basis, and play my keyboard.  John bought it for me last Christmas, and while I’ve worked my way through some of the early pages of my beginner’s piano lessons (from freshman year of college! eeek!) I have absolutely not spent enough time playing.  May I confess here that plopping down on the couch after driving home from work is  a much easier option?  It really is.

3.  I would like to make a more consistent effort in regards to my diet and how it affects my health and my functionality in life.  Yes, I love food — but I really need to be more steady in my routine diet choices.  Zucchini pasta anyone? (I love it!).

4.  I would like to unplug more.  This past month of mild social media separation meant I read more books, I wrote more things, I cooked more meals, I was much more on-point at work …. I mean, the benefits are basically endless.  I’d like to keep that up.

5.  I’d like to begin each day by saying “Today is going to be a good day.”  And then live it to the fullest, enjoy each moment, and rejoice in the blessings that fill my life.
I think I’ve given myself a plate-full, so I am going to decide that at the moment, those five things will occupy my time and require my full attention.

2014 began as a rocky climb up hill — but somewhere along the way, it got good.  I like how John and I adapted to the changes we faced (two restaurants for me, a new job for him, etc) and made the best decisions we could in regards to our future and our stability.  I learned a lot of lessons in 2014 that I hope I carry with me, and that help shape the next adventure.

Cheers to new beginnings, clean slates, and amazing people with whom to jump off cliffs.

xoxo, g

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