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A big ol’ HAPPY NEW YEAR to you from me! What an exciting thing – a new year, a fresh start, a clean slate. I’m already hyped up on pork and sauerkraut and champagne – bring it on, 2014.
This isn’t your cliché, impossibly long and abnormally vague list of New Year’s Resolutions. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
New Year’s UN-Resolutions. Instead of starting 2014 with a list of everything I want to change about myself, I decided to mix things up by acknowledging the positives that I DON’T want to change – the things that are great the way it is, where change is not necessary. It’s definitely easier than vowing to nix junk food or trashy reality TV, anyways.
I’m not changing…
1. My best friends. You guys have changed my life and there’s no way in heck that I’m giving you up! Allison, Taylor, Amanda, Dani, Alli, Molly, Aubrey, Rachel, Lena, Roopa, Andrea, Katy, Lauri, Nicole, Amanda, Larissa, Katie…to name a few. Thank you. You’re wonderful.
2. My big brown eyes. Alright, so I can’t really change my eye color anyways. But how many times have I caught myself a little green with envy of green-eyed people or uber photogenic baby blues? More than I should have. This year, I’m counting my blessings for having eyes that most people guess are black (I do, in fact, have a soul, folks). My eyes have always been big and dark and a pop on my face, especially when my hair ends up lighter than them. And I like them just the way they are. GUYS. RIGHT NOW. Pick one thing (at least) on your body that you vow to love and appreciate this year. One thing that you recognize is great just the way it is, and you can rock it like it’s your job for the next 365 days (and beyond). Your legs, your eyes, your arms, your chest…pick something and show it some love.
3. The ability to laugh at myself. I’m a total klutz and I sometimes don’t get jokes without an explanation (completely ruining the humor in the moment, I know). I laugh in class at inappropriate moments, I walk into poles and walls on the reg, and I blatantly fail to understand some things that seemingly everyone gets. I’ve slammed my face into super, super, super clean and clear glass in a museum (but then again, why wouldn’t glass be in front of something in a museum? C’mon, Erica). Oh, and I’ve also fallen off the piano bench WHILE PLAYING in the front of church. Whoops. I’m now the first (and sometimes the only one) to laugh at myself, and I’m ok with that. Because it’s humbling and it keeps life fun.
*Thankfully, I have no photos of myself walking into things. That would just be sad.
4. My family and my love. Not gonna get all cliché and corny on these, but they’re not going anywhere.
Do you have New Year’s Resolutions? Or even some UN-Resolutions? What are they, and what do they mean to you?
Keep ringing in the 2-0-1-4 and enjoying delish food and champagne (champagne can be more than one eve a year, right?).
And I hope everyone was standing with their left foot in the air when the ball dropped, so that you started 2014 on the right foot.