Usually I wake up at the crack of dawn, not this AM. I only had 10 minutes to spare. You know those days you “swear you set your alarm”?! These are my go-to’s to live a semi-normal life when your not prepared:
Under eye makeup (must)
And when in doubt, smile… I’ve learned it goes a long way and hides a lot aka bed head!!!!!
The new year forces us to reflect, good, bad or indifferent it’s important we take some time to reevaluate our lives; what we liked, what we didn’t, what we want to do differently moving forward, etc, etc.
I have to say my 2013 was very eventful, as is any in a 26 year old’s life. We’re busy we’re trying to figure out how we fit into this world, while trying to make a mark and most of all we are trying to set up how we want the rest of our lives to be. Most days I looked like this (compliments of my nephew, Noah):
I got a new job, I moved out of my plush parents home and into my own humble abode, broke up with my boyfriend for a good chunk of the year, then got back together with him. I am pretty sure the year of 2013 is the year I had my quarter life crisis. So what did I do during my time of discomfort? I explored!
I took a road trip to Maine to help my brother and his wife move back to Massachusetts. Might I add, that Portland, ME is the most magical place on earth and I would recommend you go there before you die.
I hung out with my Memere (a lot).
The best advice she gave me in 2013 were not words it was her spirit of just being happy.
I frequented Boston where I rekindled my love for one of my dearest friends, Amber.
I roller skated… (and took quite a few tumbles)
I took a trip with my Mom (on the right, godmother on the left) to Canada to visit family and to witness my cousin Lisa carry her first child.
My brother got married to the one and only love of his life, Kait in Newport, RI.
I died my hair for the first time in my life.
I met and held a hairless cat for the first time (I’m really terrified even though I look calm).
I went to New York a couple hundred times for work, pleasure and my friend Susie’s Engagement!!
(she said yes)
I read a lot.
I drank a shit load of chardonnay.
I hung with this kid so he could bring me back down to reality.
Got dessert before dinner.
Realized I loved the tune to this song, but the message is horrible.
Got a new job as a marketing assistant for a jewelry manufacturing company.
Got my own cube.
Got in a lot of family time.
Got my first Christmas tree.
I learned to always consult with these two before making any life decisions (they give the best advice).
And amongst all of the hard decisions and tears, I laughed A LOT.
What I learned:
Everything takes thought, work and a lot of passion. Life and love is a constant journey where there is no end and happiness is a state of mind. So going into 2014 I choose to be open, be happy, be passionate (and when I’m not to try to find it), I choose to explore and not to take everything so seriously.
Upward and onward to 2014 with this kid:
Another year bites the dust. Fewf and cheers!