Tuesday, January 29, 2013


I am proud to report that I figured out the blogger app. Big news for me!

And a little motivation...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


I think I’ve mentioned that I have a GREAT feeling about 2013. I don’t know why but I think it’s going to be a slam dunk year. Something about the air feels like everything is coming into place in a way that I never thought was possible. I’ve been living in that wind of change and possibility.

Now it’s 23 days into 2013 and while it’s been a good year so far it’s also been incredibly busy / strange / overwhelming due to the following list of things:

1.       New computer

2.       New job

3.       New apartment

4.       New roommate

5.       New car

Let’s just say number #5 was certainly not planned. Also, #1 had to happen with #2 and #3 and #4 were inevitable as my lease was up.

The moral of the story is that I had high hopes for myself and this little blog in 2013. I wanted to write every day and create a space for myself. I haven’t done that. I’ll admit it to you and myself. At first, I thought, “I’ll just write a bunch of posts and backdate them so they are all there and I don’t miss a day.”

Then I thought, “Why?”

The truth is, I have been insanely busy (see #1-5) and going through many life changes. That is a good thing. And it is ok that I didn’t get to start my blog yet. I’ll just start it now.

Which brings me to my first goal for the year:

I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection.
While I have been a perfectionist in the past (read: until one minute ago), this year I am going to be gentle with myself and be honest about what I can and cannot accomplish. I cannot do everything. I do not have to. I am going to let go of being ‘perfect’ at everything, because let’s get real, being perfect is only an illusion anyway. No one is perfect. I am not perfect. I am exactly how I am meant to be. I am interesting, opinioned, impatient, detail-oriented, loving, laughing, and full of excuses to procrastinate. And that is wonderful. I am grace. And I will continue to remind myself of that every day.

I will prioritize singing in the choir for the 6pm mass.
Singing in the choir brings me joy. Like a million tiny rays of sunshine beam out of my face when I do it. So why wouldn’t I do it every week you ask? Great question. I don’t know. Last fall when I was doing Legally Blonde: The Musical, I just didn’t have time and then I got lazy and didn’t want to go to mass early. But this year is different. I will make it my priority on Sunday to be there early to practice and to praise Him through song. Hello tiny rays of sunshine, my face missed you.

I will let myself relax.
In 2013 I will allow myself to have down time. I will no longer proclaim that I cannot relax. I will say with confidence that I relish my time with my tea on the couch or laying around reading and not doing anything else at the same time. I am excited to relax. To breathe. To slow down. To savor each moment. Each. Single. One.

I will document my year in a reasonable and non-pressured way.
I bet you guessed what this goal is about: this blog. I first wanted to create my own blog in February of 2012. I did lots of proactive things like get a blog name, and twitter account. And then I wrote a few posts, got really overwhelmed that it wasn’t as perfect as the blogs I read that have been around for four years and gave up. I’ve come back to it a few times with crippling resolutions to write every day of the week. Or post every morning before work. Or 25 times a month or I fail. Needless to say, each time I have not met the ridiculous standards I imposed on myself.
In 2013 I will say “no thank you” to standards or metrics. This blog is a place of thoughtful reflection and joyful sharing. I will write here. That is what I am promising you and myself. Every entry will be a success. Especially this one of forgiveness and acceptance.

I will do good things for my body.
I have been in a pretty healthy eating routine since Legally Blonde. I eat foods that make me feel good: proteins, dairy, veggies, and fruits. I love bread but I feel better when eating it in moderation. I will excitedly continue my healthy eating habits in 2013 and continue to exercise my body and take that time for myself.

I will love myself.
I will remember every day that I have a right to be here exactly as I am. Instead of getting caught up in accomplishments or life plans or salary adjustments or work I will praise myself for being alive and good each day. I will give myself time to rest. I will get 8 hours of sleep as often as I can. I will be kind to myself as I am kind to others. I will praise myself for accomplishments. And if I do not accomplish something in the way that I wanted I will be gentle with myself and remind myself that I can try again if I so choose.

This year will be wonderful. It will also be hard at times. Of these two things I am sure. When trying times come I will remember that I am not alone. Win!

Thursday, January 3, 2013


I started my new job today and it was a delight. Josh made me lunch with all of my favorite things and added some gummy bears and one of the sweetest notes of all time.

Then he took this picture of me to send to my parents.


Starting something new is always scary. New people, new set up, new responsibilities.

But it's also thrilling in a way and it doesn't happen very often - that you can start fresh. What a wonderful opportunity.

At the same time that I started new today, I also managed to pack more of my apartment. I've been here for three years and now will be moving in to a new place on Saturday.


I keep reminding myself that it will be a new beginning on Saturday even though right now it's just a mess. :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


This is my inspiration.

I made this design board as I was anticipating a lot of big changes coming my way in 2013 and boy was I right!

Today is my day  and tomorrow everything starts anew. It's simultaneously a nice feeling and a TERRIFYING feeling. Totally new? Are you kidding me? I was good at my old life!

But as one of my resolutions or intentions for myself in this new year, I am going to celebrate my life. All the accomplishments and all the challenges. Celebrate every moment. Be present.

Tomorrow I start a brand new job and on Saturday morning I move into a new apartment. I'm staying in my same neighborhood. I absolutely love DC and am not ready to go anywhere just yet. So though my grocery store won't change, I will be living in a new space, with a new roommate, and totally new stuff and way of life.

Exciting! And scary! And both are ok. :)

I have been in my current apartment for three years and have had such a great experience. My roommmates are some of my best friends and our apartment has become a home. I can only hope this new place is a lucky for me.

So, change of location equals change of room for me. I LOVE redecorating. Remind me to tell you the story when I redid my room before my 16th birthday party. Woof.

So the design board above reflects my redesign on a budget. I am using my same furniture and changing small things like bedding and curtains. I am most excited for the gallery wall I'm planning above my bed. I am a very sentimental person and pictures are my thing. So in addition to some words to live by, I will be featuring my family and friends quite a bit.

Here's to 2013. New Year. New job. New apartment. New excitement. Best year ever.


It's a fresh start! Here's to 2013, our best year yet!
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