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Resolutions for 2013.

I don’t usually actually write down my resolutions but I feel like the upcoming year is a good place to start. Sometimes I think resolutions are just a good dinner table question for people to ask throughout December but I mostly believe that people don’t go through with them…maybe that’s because I never go through with mine.

But this time around things are going to be different.  I have quite the list of things I’d like to accomplish/change/or hold myself accountable for in 2013.

So without further hesitation…

My 2013 Resolutions:

1) Travel out of state.

-I just got back from visiting my best friend in Seattle and am so happy I got to finally experience that city. I realized that I really haven’t been a lot of places within the United States and I feel like it’s important to know the states that make up this beautiful country. It’s a lot less cheap to travel within the US than say Europe or Asia and I’m pretty sure America is hiding some pretty cool gems. I decided my next destination is Nashville, Tennessee because my former foreign exchange student goes to med school at Vanderbuilt. Plus I wouldn’t mind meeting a southern gentlemen and sipping on some sweet tea.  Yeehaw!

2) Get a big girl job.

-I’ve been back from Italy for a little over 2 months now and I can’t wait until I move out. I’m thankful for the hospitality that my mom has shown me but Lord Almighty am I ready to get down to LA and start a new chapter of my life. I know that God’s timing is perfect and that in the grand scheme of life 2-4 months of living at home is not going to kill me but oh my gosh I can’t wait to say goodbye to Cambria! I’d also really like to not have to list “babysitter” as my current profession. So bring on the big girl job. STAT.

3) Reach out to friends and people I don’t talk to regularly.

-Mainly this is just a reminder for me to be the bigger person. So what if so and so hasn’t talked to me in a year and I happen to be in there city. I’m going to call/text them anyway to see if they want to get together. We probably had some really amazing times in college or high school or whenever we met and why should I let a certain amount of time dictate if it’s weird or not to contact them? For all I know they could have been meaning to call or text me as well. So here’s to not being “stupid” and “superficial” about reconnecting with old friends and being the first to call. It’s better to be the person who tries than the person who doesn’t try at all in my opinion.

4) Get a cat. 

-This is pretty much self explanatory…except for I will say that I do have a cat at my mom’s house…Charlie…or Sir Charles as he prefers to be called. However he is a terrible cat. He literally just uses us for food. He never cuddles or wants to be pet. Worst. Cat. Ever. So the cat I will get when I move out is going to be the biggest cuddler with the fluffiest fur. Meow.

5) Stop comparing myself to what others are/have.

-I absolutely hate that I do this. It’s literally the biggest waste of time. I have so much to be thankful for. But sometimes I get sucked into that poor me cycle and it can be never ending. But this year marks the end of that. I’m going to spend less time comparing and more time focusing on the good things that God has blessed me with. This mean WAY less time on Facebook, sifting through random peoples’ profiles wishing I had their jobs or clothes or whatever else. Because we all know that Facebook is everyone’s way to project their “perfect” life for everyone to see. Let’s be honest…NO ONE’s life is perfect or even close to perfect. It’s beyond time to focus my energy on all the good things that I am/have and stop comparing myself to other people.

6) Eat Paleo-ish foods and not be hard on myself if I cheat.

-Ever since I returned from Italy I have really taken control of my health and I’m so happy that I have finally started being serious about it. I stay away from processed grains (any grains in general actually) and sugar and eat lots of meat, fish, poultry, vegetables, fruits and natural/organic foods. I have felt so much better it’s unreal. I have so much more energy, I don’t dread going to the gym, I don’t have stomach problems (which if you know me have plagued me for my entire life), my skin is a lot clearer and I’m overall much happier. Eating 100% paleo is a full time job and I am not as strict as some paleo dieters but I try and stick to the basics most of the time. However I have the BIGGEST sweet tooth and sometimes that gets the best of me. Although there are tons of paleo desserts sometimes I just want a freaking chocolate chip cookie. And so I do. But instead of being hard on myself I accept that I’m not perfect and that once in a while it’s okay to eat what I’m craving. For 2013 I want to continue with eating clean, exercising and feeling good about my body. I’ve finally realized that I only get ONE body and ONE life so why would I treat it poorly? My twenties are a time when I should feel my best and I’m committed to making that happen.

7) Drink more water and drink less alcohol.

-Being out of college for about 7 months now I’ve really realized just how overrated partying is and how damaging it is to your body. I would like to give a special shout-out to my body for the last four four years that endured countless late nights and way too many alcoholic beverages. Waking up with a hangover is possibly the worst sounding situation you could present to me. I don’t know how I constantly use to do it in college but now is the time to reverse all that drinking by loading up on the H2O. Not only do I feel better when I drink more water but I also eat less and have more energy. This is not saying that I’m against happy hour with my friends or knocking back some wine with my parents but enough with the Vodka Redbull shots and Tequila. I’ll take a nice cold class of water please.

8) Find a new volunteer hobby.

– This is really important to me because when I was in college I spent over two years volunteering in the Infant Special Care Center at UCSD Medical Center. Working with the sick babies every week was the most rewarding experience and I miss it everyday. I’m so passionate about children and I’m determined to find a new volunteer organization that I can give back to in 2013. It doesn’t necessarily need to be with kids because I’m open to new experiences but if it so happens that I get to work with some little cuties I won’t complain 🙂

9) See more live concerts.

-I really like music and I’m surprisingly not the typical “OMG I love Justin Beiber and Rihanna so much” girl. Even though I will admit I like to get down with some of their songs at the gym. I love remixes and going on Hypem and finding the coolest mash-up of my favorite song. I don’t see enough concerts though so 2013 is the year I’m going to see some of my favorite artists. I’d love to see Mumford and Sons as well as Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. I think their is something really special about seeing an artist live especially if you’re with some of your best friends.

10) Learn to shoot a gun.

-Most people will think this is a joke when I tell them this but I think it would be so badass to learn. I know there is all these political opinions right now about gun control (rightfully s0)  but I’m not saying I want to own a gun…I just want to know how to shoot one. Just like when people doubted that I would learn how to scuba dive or rock climb…well watch out people I’m going to locked and loaded! Who wants to join???

11) Start saving for my next big adventure.

-Well I conquered Italy…so what’s next? I’m thinking Australia. That’s where I wanted to study abroad and I have always wanted to go so I’m going to start saving up! Plus hot guys with Australian accents??? Yes. Please. Oh and I’m also a big fan of kangaroos.

12) Clean out my closet/go through my clothes.

-Yaaaa so this needs to happen big time and ASAP. Let’s be real…the jeans in high school do not fit me anymore and I need to accept that as FACT. It’s time to hand those clothes over to GoodWill who will then hand them out to the teens that should be wearing them…not me at almost 23 years old. Plus I need to update my wardrobe with more business professional clothes anyways and it’s not like I hate shopping!

13) Stop worrying about the future and be in the present moment.

-This is honestly the one resolution I will focus most on this year. I’m known as a worry wart and I’m tired of it. The truth is…I’m not in control of my life. God is. Yes I can make decisions that will one way or the other effect what happens in my life but God is the one who is in charge. He already has my life mapped out and waiting for me to experience. So why do I waste so much time worrying that things won’t turn out how they are supposed to? Too much of my energy goes into thinking that my life isn’t what it’s supposed to be. That just won’t cut it anymore. For 2013 I place my faith in God and trust Him in guiding my life. This will allow me to be present and not caught up in my head.  This year I’m going to actually smell the roses, stare at the ocean, have more patience, and remember always that I am so blessed.

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Cheers to 2013! Remember: The Best Is Yet To Come ❤