2013, one of the greatest years of my life.

2013, one of the greatest years of my life.

Waking up sober on New Year’s day was one of the best decisions ever.

2013 was an amazing year. With ups and downs, I think I have learned more about myself in the past year than I have in many years prior.

On January 1st, 2013, I made 3 goals.

1. Try one new recipe each week (52 recipes) – I completed a total of 32 new recipes, 20 short. Still pretty happy about those 32 recipes I did try. So much good food. Cauliflower fettuccine alfredo, spaghetti squash lasagna, stuffed zucchini boats, raisin oat donuts, any type of cauliflower pizza and so much more.

2. Try one new thing each month (12 things) – I completed this goal, woo hoo! January – piano lessons, February – new restaurant (Martino’s), March – Paris!, April – (attempting to) teach myself spanish, May – flying by myself, June – aerial yoga, July – driving in NYC, August – veganism, September – first township committee meeting, October – trip to Houston Texas, November – adult date, December – Jazzercise (with my former internship director). Trying 12 new things in 2013 was pretty amazing, excited to try 12 more new things this year.

3. Be happy – This has been an amazing year with amazing new experiences. Going to Paris with my Aunt and internship director, moving out of my house and being an adult, trying new things and figuring out what I really want in life. I am happy, very happy. 

A few things for you to consider this year. What do you really want? It is easy to say, I want this and then listen to the outside forces that make you sway your decision. Think things through, figure out what you really want and stick to it. Don’t necessarily ignore the things you hear… be open, listen and learn. People will respect you. What do you want to accomplish in life? Wasn’t it just 1999 and wasn’t I just on the couch watching Xena Warrior Princess with Ed? TIME FLIES. Don’t keep putting things off and saying next week, next month, next year. Go for it, you won’t regret it. Lastly, surround yourself with people who make you happy and make you a better person. 

Here’s to 2014 being an amazing year for both you and I.

Goals this year, finish the original 52 recipes, try 12 new things and continue to make decisions that make me happy. 



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