Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Year 25: New Year's Edition

Here we are. January 1st. My News Feed and Twitter Timeline is full of people saying good riddance to 2013. Some nicely...some harshly. I don't know everyone's story from this past year, but as I'm getting older, I see more and more people spewing malice at the past 364.75 days. Honestly, I don't get it. Now, that's not to discredit anyone's tragedy, or loss, or extreme challenge; but instead of focusing on how terrible the past year was, shouldn't we be thankful that God saw us through all of our tough times? Sure, it's nice to bury the past and move on, but it's our past that shapes how we approach the future. So as you continue your toast to 2014, remember to take the things that make you say "Sayonara, 2013!" and turn them into applicable life lessons for 2014!

I've seen this quote from Steve Jobs floating around, and I really think it's a good reminder:

As for me, this past year was about growth as a daughter, a girlfriend, a theatre practitioner and a student. I'm not in the habit of making resolutions, but here is the start (and partial continuation) of my Year 25 Active Challenges List:

  1. Instead of resolving to hit the gym twice a week, I challenge myself to treat my body as my instrument. I challenge myself to look beyond the things I can't physically overhaul, and focus on the things that are easily modified. 
  2. I challenge myself to show more thoughtfulness and gratitude towards those I love. 
  3. I challenge myself to approach every audition (4 in the next month and a half!!) as a learning experience. 
    • 3a: I will NOT put myself down after an audition. I will learn from my mistakes and correct them for the next time. 
  4. I challenge myself to gracefully say "no" to things I know will not be good for my mental stability. 
  5. I challenge myself to stop drinking coffee. Completely. 
    • 5a: I also challenge myself, to stop indulging in food that I know makes me feel sub-par. 
So those are 5, non-overwhelming things I'm going to challenge myself to do this year. I have many more, but I think 5 was a good place to start. 

What about you? Are you happy to see the New Year, or is January 1st just another day? What are some of our resolutions or challenges? Share them in the comments below! 


  1. It has been a good year, but I'm READY for this next one. :) This past year was a bit of a hot mess of me trying to figure out who I am/what I want/where I'm going... some of that process sucked, and some of that process was totally awesome. :-)

    Some resolutions...

    1. Audition more often. ;)
    2. Listen to my gut more often.
    3. Grow a pair. (aka be brave-- whatever that entails and wherever it is applicable)
    4. Be good to myself.
    5. Follow through on things.

    Love you. :)

    1. Yes. Yes. yes. You will be great in 2014, I know it!! I'll hold you accountable ;)

      love you more.