A New Year, A Fresh Start (2014 goals & stuff)

My new year didn’t have quite the start I was expecting… the last 10 days or so were rough, Mike and I were both battling what we think was the flu (get your flu shots kids!). As you’d probably expect, there was lots of medicine, tea, popsicles, sick days, and SO MUCH SLEEP involved… (luckily our 2 cats were very sympathetic and gave us lots of cuddle time!) I’m happy to say that the fog has finally lifted and I’m feeling so much more myself and ready to take on 2014!

“It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me… And I’m feeling good!”

I had such a blast ringing in 2014 with some of my very favorite people. Though the night didn’t start out as planned, we made the best of it and it turned into a great evening filled with laughs & drinks & friends. Here’s some of my favorite snaps from the night:


Now that the dust has settled a bit, it’s time to reflect on the year before & start creating a vision for the new year. In my last post, I talked about how it was hard for me to choose a word of the year because my life is at a cross-roads, so to speak. The same holds true when it comes to making goals for this new year. For so long, my focus was on my future and the things that, even though I wanted them, I also partially felt obligated to do them. Go to school. Get good grades. Graduate. Get a job. Well now, I’ve done those things and it’s time to figure out what to focus on next. As I said in my word of the year post, I want to focus on personal development, especially on my health & fitness journey. But to be honest, there’s a heck of a lot of things I want to do once I started thinking about it. I finally get to focus on the things that I feel like I should be focusing on. Life is a journey and I will always be a work in progress, but I’ve also realized how much time I’ve wasted not enjoying the moment, the present. That’s another big thing I want to work on. I want to enjoy each day and not worry about what’s coming next in life. Since I love making lists, I’m making what will probably be a really long one of things I hope to accomplish in the next 353 days ๐Ÿ™‚ Some of these will be loftier/bigger picture goals and others will be day-to-day or just things I simply want to do.

Cover of the 2014 @TWLOHA calendar, designed by @alexandra003.

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  • Be present. Enjoy the here & now.
  • Write on my professional blog more.
  • Go skiing. (Which I’m excited that a trip to NY has already been planned!)
  • Complete the Cleveland Marathon 10K (You may remember that I signed up this past May)
  • Do at least two 5Ks
  • Work on improving my finances even more, start saving more money
  • Try a new fitness class (I want to try spinning, pure barre, and yoga)
  • Read more books (I’m not sure if I should set a number goal or not so let’s just say 10?)
  • Do a random act of kindness (or multiple!)
  • Explore more of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio (and finally create that CLE bucket list)
  • Continue to grow this blog, write better, take more photos (use my DSLR more)
  • Travel somewhere I’ve never been before (maybe even out of the country? – Canada counts)
  • Continue to excel at my job and get a good performance review
  • Help someone, volunteer, make a difference in some way
  • Participate in the Cleveland AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk (andย the Kent State campus walk, too).
  • Continue focusing on my health & fitness journey – eat healthy, work out more, and lose weight
  • Continue to grow in my relationship with Mike – be a better girlfriend and don’t take him for granted; communicate better
  • Take a class of some sort, or just learn something new (outside of those fitness classes I want to try)
  • Visit the top of the Terminal Tower observation deck
  • Attempt to make a vlog (video blog)
  • Attend the Brite Winter Festival
  • Attendย Brews + Prose at Market Garden Breweryย (Thanks to Midwest Perspective for sharing!)
  • Be a better friend, daughter, and granddaughter – show the people I love what they mean to me. Go out of my way to do something nice for them. Call, write letters, e-mail. Make plans.
  • Start a new tradition. (Not sure what this will be yet, I’m thinking something once a month with friends, whether that means having them over for a night in, trying a new restaurant, or doing something new each month… we’ll see)
  • Spend less time on social media (see below for an article on this…) – I can’t promise myself that I’ll stop using it completely, but I can definitely cut back and I think that will add to my goal of being more present and enjoying the moment.

I also want to share with you something really exciting that has already happened for me in 2014. I was selected to serve as a volunteer on the Chapter Advisory Board for Case Western Reserve University’s new colony of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, and I am so excited about it! I can’t wait to help out and be an advisor to this new chapter of my amazing sorority!

Since I’ve spent most of the start of 2014 being sick, I’ve had lots of time to catch up on some reading, so I thought I’d share a few posts and articles with you that I’m really enjoying:


I hope you’ve had an amazing start to 2014!


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