New Years Resolutions…the realistic kind.

2014 was an absolutely kick ass follow-up to the incredible year before it.

2013 was a year of bliss, where I was living out the final years of my adolescence, finishing up college, and met my boyfriend. I truly found myself in 2013.

I found myself when I turned my back on constant peer pressure and just decided to go with the flow of my own intuitions, I found myself while running mile after mile along pebbly goose-shit laden canal trails growing stronger with every step, and I found myself within the people I love. I began to see myself as they see me, as perfect in all of my angst, rage, passion, excitement, and giddy pleasure.

I fell in love in 2013. I would never have found true love within another if I didn’t work so damn hard to fall head over heels for ME.

2014, however, was quite the opposite. While it was not as much a year of transformation within, it was a year that brought monumental changes to my life. I graduated college, moved in with my boyfriend, got a full time writing gig, and experimented along the way.

I woke up at 4 a.m. every day and learned how to navigate open waters during my two month stint as a charter boat first mate. I learned how to knit, cross stitch, embroider, and garden.

But, the biggest, most life-altering decision I made did not involve my job, location, or financial situation. It was my decision to become a vegan. The decision that has truly impacted my life more positively than any other I’ve ever made next to regaining my health four years ago.

I now live a life of true compassion, health, and knowledge, which is a life greater than I ever could have imagined.

Now that I’m settled into a healthy routine full of hard work, creativity, and companionship, I’m ready to unfurl my little sails towards the new horizon that is 2015. I want this year to be one of excitement, challenge, and new experiences.

Here are my four realistic (since being realistic about my own limitations isn’t really one of my strengths…) New Years Resolutions:

  1. Dedicate myself to my yoga practice.

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Maybe this will mean going to one more class per week, or starting each day with some sun salutations, either way, I’ve fallen in love with yoga and how it makes me feel, and want to keep improving my postures and looking within.

2. Spend more time appreciating nature.

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Even a tree hugging, flower sniffing, grass napping wannabe nymph like me gets caught up in my own life working, lounging, etc. I want to not only spend as much time as possible outside, but also really stop and listen to the world around me. The future of our beautiful mother earth ain’t lookin’ so pretty, so I wanna soak up as much of her as I can.

3. Eat more macrobiotically, 

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I’ve recently started reading about the benefits of a macrobiotic lifestyle and find myself really connecting with the concept of pure, whole grains, veggies, and legumes being the staple of my diet. I’m already a huge veg and rice head, but I like the concept of including greens and grains at every meal and the principles behind the lifestyle. It’s super intense in its purest form, but including some of the concepts and principles within my life and diet is something I’d like to explore.

4.  Travel More392304_10151048932438644_844055631_n

Since I’ve been a little girl, I’ve always wanted to see the world. I’m curious, restless, and I crave to leave all baggage behind and use my precious life exploring. I’m going to stop using my lack of money as an excuse and travel as much as I can this year, even if it’s just a day trip to a local hiking trail. I don’t care, I just love to move.

Well, 2014, you done me good, but now it’s time to move on, look to the future, and make 2015 even greater.

Enjoy the last day of the year tomorrow, beautiful bloggers and Happy New Year!

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