Cue the countdown…Happy (almost) New Year!

Another year, another month, another lent—just like that. I remember reading the quote, “The days are long but the years are short”, in The Happiness Project and thinking just how true it really was. Am I really 30 years old already? Was it really 14 years ago tonight that I was hosting a Y2K “mocktail” party in my parents’ basement for all my teenage friends? Holy smokes…

What a year it was though. In addition to making a million smoothies, learning new vocab words, controlling my portions, taking 10,000 steps a day, taking a walk down memory lane, becoming a ukulady, taking a breather, setting daily intentions, sweating once a day, and making it through the holidays alive, I moved to a new state! And I went to Wanderlust! And the Pacific Northwest! And started training to be a yoga teacher! Oh, and I survived a shootout in my neighborhood when the Boston Marathon bombers decided to take over my town, remember that?

2013, you were a good one. Thanks for the memories ❤

From the afore mentioned mocktail party

From the aforementioned mocktail party

In addition to sending 2013 on it’s way tonight, I’ll also be closing out this month’s challenge: The Holiday Survival Guide. Although my participation wasn’t as stellar as it was last year, I’m entering 2014 feeling pretty darn good so I’m going to consider it some sort of success. I didn’t have a week where I checked off every single item on my to-do list, but I put forth my best effort to, I pushed forward through the setbacks, and as always, I learned a thing or 2 along the way. Here’s my list of top 10 learnings/life reminders that I’m taking away from this month:

  1. When you set an intention to do something you’re about 10,000 times more likely to accomplish it. I am reminded of this again and again after each of my monthly challenges.

  2. Do it now. Do it now. Do it now. Read: Meditate, practice yoga, or go for that run first thing in the morning. If you put it off until the end of the day there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find a (bad) excuse to skip out.

  3. And speaking of meditation, it’ll wipe out the stress of your entire day in just a few breaths. This is something I’m constantly reminded of.

  4. Just do it. You’ll never regret squeezing that workout in. Ever.

  5. You can’t always prevent stressful situations (that time I moved 2 weeks before Christmas), but you can always choose how you react to them.

  6. The holiday spirit starts with you. I was away from my family for Christmas this year so it was up to me to make things feel festive. Even though there was a lot on my plate, I made time for the fun stuff like getting a tree, decorating, and my personal favorite, playing Frank Sinatra’s Christmas album (ok fine, and Hanson’s too) on repeat.

  7. Cut yourself some slack when you slip-up. Negative self talk only yields negative results.

  8. Every day is a chance to restart and recommit—in all areas of your life.

  9. Attitude is everything. If you go into a stressful situation with a negative attitude a positive experience is highly unlikely.

  10. Smile—even if you have to fake it. It might sound cliche, but it’ll lift your spirits in a second.

But now it’s time to pop open some bubbly and hit the town. Wishing a very happy New Year to all—cheers to a happy & healthy 2014 full of peace, love, and adventures.


p.s. Check back tomorrow for the unveiling of January’s lent—which I may or may not have started tonight because I was too excited to wait. That’s all I’m sayin’…