Friday, January 3, 2014

twenty fourteen :: january

I was notttttt ready for New Years this year.  Not by a long shot.  I actually thought it was about 2 nights later than it actually was.  Fun fact: New Years Eve waits for no one.  When I finally realized it was on a Tuesday vs the Thursday/Friday I had initially thought, I had this overwhelming sense of calm come over me.  It was a refreshing change to the panic, anxiety and nostalgia that I usually get.  My usual obsessive over-thinking sentimental self { examples 1//2//3 } was at ease.  It's taken me 28.4 years to finally realized you don't need a date, a month or the changing a little number from 3 to 4 to start new.  To refresh your priorities.  To challenge yourself, and challenge your mind.  I've learned that the resolutions we try to set and achieve in January can be set and reached anytime of the year.  Trust me on this one.

Over the past year or two, I've been seeing more and more blogs commit to setting words to live by versus new years resolutions.  I gotta say, I love this concept.  I started thinking about this in early December which gave me plenty of time to feel comfortable with the list I've chosen.  This month's word?  


In January of 2014, I commit to living with intention.  To be intentionally present in conversations.  To be intentional with my workouts.  To live intentionally through my words via phone conversations, text messages, emails, blog posts, instagram posts, conversations and everything in between.  I will be an intentional listener.  I will spend my money intentionally.  I will be intentional with my friendships and relationships.  I will be intentional with my meals, what I eat and when I eat.  

January2014. It's going to be a good one.  

Thursday, January 2, 2014

twenty thirteen.

In 2013, I

Didn't wear make-up more often than I did
Logged far too many hours browsing Instagram
Spent my grandma's 84th birthday with her
Became a Godparent { x2! }
Skied more than ever
often >>> Read in a hammock
Traveled more than ever
Juiced more than ever
Fell deeper in love with Hunter
Fell deeper in love with myself
Visited 18 states
Realized I make a shit freelance designer as my full time job
Commuted via ferry
Became someone who bakes her own bread
Road biked
Cross-country skied
Mountain biked
Practiced yoga
Lived on the ocean
Took a week long road trip in a camper van
Didn't take a proper shower for a week
Read 26 books in 4 months
Spent an entire week in DC
Missed the cherry blossoms in DC by an entire week
Chopped my hair off
Missed my 10 year high school class reunion
Designed Save the Dates for a beautiful woman I used to push on the tire swings in 6th grade
Shucked oysters
Hugged my sister for the first time in almost 5 years
Spent a week at Lake Powell
Drove a mack/plow truck
Re-established my independence
Welcomed 4 beautiful groups of visitors into our beautiful Washington home
Visited the San Juan Islands
Went wine tasting in WA, OR and CA
Fell asleep reading in a snowcat <<< often
Went 3 weeks without booze, caffeine, meat and dairy
Watched Hunter open a { successful! } brewery from ground up
Was asked to be a bridesmaid in a beautiful woman's wedding who happens to enjoy tire swing rides 
Wondered how I'd lived for 28 years without a steam shower.  
Or a hot tub
Fell in love with coffee shops all over again
Lived in a ski in ski out home
Found a way to spend birthdays with Jaime, Amie, Lindsay, Grandma Dorothy and Hunter { most across country! }
Didn't go sailboating in Washington
Did spent evenings on a friend's yacht
Practiced the art and patience of cooking
Rediscovered the magic of friendships
Went to my first job interview in 6 years
Got a new job
Moved to Steamboat Springs, CO