A new year dawning bright

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Another year gone and a new year dawning bright – ┬áthis takes on a special significance when your birthday happens to fall on New Year’s Day. As I kiss my twenties goodbye, I can’t help but reflect on where I’ve been and where I’m going. My twenties were good to me. Really good: I earned two degrees, got my first real job, bought a house, got married, and shared countless laughs with family and friends, both old and new. Now that I think about it, it’s actually a lot for this next decade to live up to. I’ve never really been one for New Year’s resolutions – any promises I make to myself to eat better or declutter my space usually end in immediate failure with a nice big slice of birthday cake and a bunch of crumpled gift wrapping on January 1st. Not that I’m complaining. So instead of traditional resolutions, maybe just a solid set of general guidelines to keep the good times rolling into my thirties.

1. Cherish friendship

The older I get, the more I value the friendships I have nurtured over the years. I love looking back at all the momentous occasions of my life so far and realizing that the friends who stood by me then are the same ones who continue to do so today. These friendships have shaped who I am and make me happy – no matter how busy life may get, I plan to keep my friends close.

2. Embrace change

I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the best when it comes to handling change. I literally cried when I upgraded my iPhone to the newest software, didn’t like it, and found out there was no ‘undo’ button to go back to the old version (I’m fine with it now, by the way). Life moves quickly and is full of surprises – who knows what the years ahead will hold? But I really believe that when one door closes another one opens, and I am slowly learning to approach life with that belief in mind and accept change, both good and bad.

3. Be adventurous

I have absolutely no intention of going skydiving or running with the bulls. That kind of adrenaline rush doesn’t do anything for me except make me sick with terror. But I do want to feel confident that I am living life to the fullest and creating memories that I will look back on fondly. My Lululemon bag (and apparently Eleanor Roosevelt) says to “do one thing a day that scares you.” Since I’m currently not adventurous in the least, that sounds like overkill to me, but I think aiming for once a month is a good place to start. So perhaps this is a resolution of sorts, then: in the coming year, I will say yes to trying new things more often.

Happy New Year from Sweetpea’s Home and all the best in 2014!

I’m looking forward to sharing my adventures (however small) with all of you.