Ah New Years. Where really to begin? I may have missed the boat on the 2014 recap but it certainly was a year to remember. From traveling around the country to making it my first year in the city, I really have a lot to be grateful for. I’m making a little twist on this edition of today’s post – a few favorites and a few resolutions. Might as well jump on the bandwagon.
>> The Tournament of Roses – Seeing as I grew up right around the Rose Bowl, it was a no brainer to celebrate the New Years with the parade and bowl game. My dad has been a white suiter (volunteer) for over 20 years and my sister and I both volunteered at the parade as Student Ambassadors when we were seniors in high school. These days I have the opportunity to create my own traditions, but sometimes it’s nice to stick with what’s.
Yesterday, after going for a run along the westside Highline, I worked on finances (good way to start off 2015, right?), made breakfast for the apartment, and then sat down to watch the entire Rose Parade. Lindsay and I did some ab workouts, picked up snacks for the Rose Bowl game and sat down to watch some football. I’m already loving 2015.
>> Frozen Frozen Everywhere – I know people are saying “let it go”, but anytime I’m feeling down, I listen to a little bit of Olaf and my day is made.
>> November Project – Slowly but surely I am making friends at NP. The more I attend, the more faces (and names…hopefully) I start to recognize. Not to mention, the consistency of working out helps me stay sane at work.
This was the BEST way to end 2014. A workout with tons of people full of energy (despite the 20F temps)
Definitely loved checking out the LA Tribe and taking my family along. News flash – my dog is now a tribe member 🙂 My mom took him to the Hollywood Bowl to run the steps. It might not have been the ideal morning for a 10year old lab but he probably got lots of attention afterwards. Oh, and he made the Facebook album. Not bad.
>> Resolutions –
- Confidence – In me, in others, in the future.
- Move More – Get my booty up and out of my desk chair more than 2 or 3x a day. It’s scary that I’ve gotten into the terrible habit of working through lunch but this needs to change. I only have so many years to live in New York, so I need to really soak it up. I would never want to leave the city and regret not taking those walks through Central Park or breaks with coworkers, all in the name of getting that last e-mail sent out.
- Budget – 2014 was a trial year. This year is meant for traveling, friends, family, and fun. That also means cutting a few spending habits (daily coffees, kombuchas, baking every week for the coworkers – sorry guys, it adds up!) and actually checking my mint.com account more than once a year.
- Running – I’ve been feeling oodles better since wearing my sexy plantar faciitis boot, but I’m in no place to go race a marathon. Stretching, strength training, and revamping some of my eating habits will certainly help. Of course, attending more NP workouts and races will increase my motivation.
- Be Kind – Need I say More?
- Test out the Juice Cleanse – Probably only one day. I’m somewhat serious and somewhat kidding. Mostly an inside joke with my family.
- Unplug and Live in the Moment – More and more I see our society drifting into a constant obsession with technology. Sure, it’s fun to connect, to stay up to date, and document everything but did you know the average person spends 16 hours consuming some type of media? No wonder our society is so stressed out.
- Make/Keep Friends who Care
- Leave Regret & Comparison Behind – There are only so many days and hours that we are blessed with, so why would use them up on negative activities? We must also remember that everyone leads different lives and while their lives may seem like sunshine and daisies, everyone has their own pressures. This year, let’s keep things “glass half full”.
- Pursue Activities I Enjoy – Maybe it’s a new craft, hobby, or workout class. Maybe it’s a way to make friends or be social. Whatever it is, I want it to bring out the best of me and help me stay happy.
~ Let’s make this year the best year yet. Cheers to 2015 ~