2013 is over. Thank fucking god.
Normally when people are all over Facebook talking about what a bad year it was, I've always been the optimist, thinking sure, there were some lows, but there were also some highs! For 2013, however, I am totally fine with saying that the year fucking sucked and I'm very glad to see it go.
I know people are split on resolutions, with some thinking they are a waste of time, and some thinking that are a great chance for self-improvement. I'm going to try and take the latter route, because I want to end 2014 as an optimist again. So, in the immortal words of Aaliyah, we need a resolution. Or several.
- I'm going to lump all the cheesy ones into their own bullet point - lose weight, eat more veggies, floss more.
- Remember that comparison is the thief of joy. This is one I make and struggle with every year. Towards the end of last year, I just stopped blogging, stopped creating, stopped so much of my life because my art wasn't as good as other art, my blog was boring compared to all these great blogs out there, I felt just like a boring dud. But stopping didn't help anything, it just made things worse.
- Create once a week. Whether it's a full DIY or just a sketch or a painting or a diy manicure, just do something.
- Grow my hair back out. Goodbye pixie! I do love the ease, but miss having the security blanket of a hair cape.
- Keep up with music. Usually I am on top of every new release and the subsequent reviews, but I was a slacker in 2013 and spent most of it just listening to old Fleetwood Mac records instead.
- READ. I'm not even setting a number of books to read, I just need to read more, because again, I was too busy feeling sorry for myself and listening to Fleetwood Mac in 2013 to get much reading done.
- Go to a museum once a month. I only get to the museums about 5 or 6 times a year, which is insane because our museums are so good.
- Learn how to use my camera. I have a nice DSLR but keep defaulting to my iPhone, just because I'm not comfortable with my DSLR at all, and always end up getting better iPhone shots.
- Take at least 3 classes. Woodworking, painting, yoga, whatever. Just more learning!
- Keep the house clean. I'm happier and more inspired in a clean space, for sure, even though my default state is naturally slovenly.
- Actually remember to change my Stendig over each month.
- Do something about my fucking horrid kitchen. Now that we've resigned the lease, it's time to make a change in there. (I talked about some options here, but now I'm rethinking that strategy all together!)
- Buy a plant. Keep it alive.
- Buy more fresh flowers. They are only $4 at Trader Joes and make me SO happy.
- Blog More! Going back to what I mentioned up in the personal goals, towards the end of last year I just stopped blogging because nothing I made felt up to snuff, or I felt like no one comes here for personal posts, or various other self-created roadblocks to posting. So this year, posts may look a little different, they may not all be DIYs, but since this blog isn't really a career or a moneymaker, I figure it's okay to post what I like and stop worrying so much about if I'll lose followers or get a lot of pins from a post, etc etc. You know how when you have writer's block, you just need to start writing? I'm just going to start blogging.
- Facelift - Things need an update around here, which I'm working on now! I had actually bought a whole other URL to change things completely, new name, new host, etc, but that process overwhelmed me, so for now I'll work with what I have! It's good to know I have that url secured if ever I need it though! (If you're reading this on a Reader, click through to see some of the updates!)
- Actively engage! With you guys, and with other bloggers. I used to be better about replying to comments, but again, hard end of the year. I miss engaging with you guys! I also read so many blogs that are wonderful, and never tell the bloggers that. I love getting comments, so I don't know why I don't leave more comments too!
- Take more pictures. I've started taking Fujifilm Instax Mini portraits of friends and family, aiming for one a week, which I'll share here on the blog.
- Find a good groove. Find a design style I like and can achieve and stick with it. Find a photography style that works. Find a posting schedule that I can keep with. Just find a groove.