Year after year come and go in a snap. We welcome each year with hopes that it will bring more happy times than the previous one, we talk about our new year's resolutions thinking that this year we'll actually follow through...
Last year my new year resolution was... was... Yikes, I don't remember what it was...
Since I don't remember what was so important to me just a year ago, I decided to put the new one in writing so I don't forget.
Hmm, what should it be? Should I manage stress better, or learn something new, or lose weight, or exercise more, or get out of debt?.. I think I just named the most popular New Years resolutions that usually stand along with quitting smoking and drinking and exercising. And the unfortunate news is that about 88% of the new resolutions fail each year.
So how to beat the odds? Should I even bother? I know I really hoped to get better with my money, but I slipped close to the holiday shopping time. I also wanted to learn to not be too hard on myself... And I think I am doing the opposite right now...
Okay, I am not the kind of girl who gives up easily. After all, life is a process, right? We live and learn and improve every day. And if we fail, we try again even harder the next time... right?
In order to figure out what should be my 2014 resolution, I started looking back as to what I've done this year that I want to improve. But what I found really surprised me - and you will see why in just a minute:
Things I did in 2013:
Clearly, I baked lots of cupcakes,
Made the best pancakes ever!
Celebrated Robby's graduation! I am such a proud mom!
|Class of UCSC 2013|
|South Beach Miami|
|Central Park, NYC|
|Seattle, WA, my favorite cafe at the corner of 4th and Seneca|
|Bloody Mary at the Beachcombers Cafe, in Newport Beach|
|Margarita at Los Brissos in Corona Del Mar|
|Green Juice in Whole Foods|
Checked out Rene Magritte's exhibit @ MoMa
Visited the Endeavor,
Ate and drank at great restaurants,
Sang songs with my dad,
|with a random cow|
|with Grinch's dog Max|
|With my cutie Lucy|
Gave a hug to a chicken,
Got splashed by a wave,
And shopped for toys,
I see clearly now that I did not have such a bad year. And according to all these picture, I had a great year!
I was surprised - I kind of forgot the good times and remembered the long working hours, stress, frustration - I just didn't take pictures of those moments...
I laid down at night thinking that if this was not a good year, what would be? While I had a good dose of not-so-good days, I had so many wonderful days, filled with love, adventure, challenge. I just shouldn't forget it. Luckily, I've got pictures to remind me! And, instead of being hard on myself, all I need to do is work hard, take each day at a time, love and be loved, and repeat the same the next day. And that should be my new year's resolution for 2014! It is in writing, and I better follow through!
Tonight we'll be opening Champagne to celebrate the New Year and the New Me. What a special occasion! Cheers!