goals for 2014.

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Ah yes, it’s that time of year where people reflect on how the year has gone and start making resolutions for the year to come. I’ll admit that I’m totally guilty of doing both, but I often like to think of my resolutions as goals. I try to come up with things I know will better my life but nothing so lofty or out of reach that I’ll be disappointed if/when it doesn’t ultimately happen.

I really didn’t set any goals going into 2013. I had just lost my car in an accident right before the holidays, spent time with my family in Texas, and flew back to Chicago to spend a quiet night in with Alex on New Year’s Eve. 2013 itself brought along lots of change, including moving out of my apartment in Wicker Park (my home of three years) and in with Alex in Lincoln Square (for the summer) and then over to our current place. I also traveled outside of North America for the first time ever; it was only to Central America and was a work-related trip, but was still an awesome experience. I saw friends new and old, ate some great food, drank some equally great beer. 2013 was a solid year, a catalyst for change in my life. I’ve never liked change, but I’d like to think it’s all for the better.

And 2014? It’s the year of my 10 year high school reunion (guh). The year I turn 28 (double guh). And the year I might go to Australia (another work-related trip but WOO). Other than that, I have no clue. It’s full of possibilities, a blank canvas. It’s up to me to shape 2014 into the year I would like it to be.

So, here’s what I’d like to try and make happen in 2014:

Revisit old hobbies: I used to do my fair share of knitting and film photography but have more or less fallen off the wagon on both hobbies. I’d really like to make them a regular thing again and have projects in the works.

Take a vacation: To Austin, to be exact. Alex and I had talked about taking this trip this year but with moving and the holidays, it just wasn’t in the cards. Come the new year, we’re going to start planning and saving. I’m already looking their Airbnb listings and thinking of things to do. Can’t wait! I haven’t been back to Austin since I left in 2010.

Finish decorating our apartment: We’re hosting a small NYE party tonight and have been motivated to put up some framed posters and what not, but we still have a long, long way to go. I’m just glad we got the painting out of the way. Now it’s a matter of framing and hanging.

Try something new: This one is a bit open-ended, since I don’t have any one thing in mind. It could be anything from a Dabble class to a new group workout class at my gym. I just want to say that I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone and tried something different for a change.

Keep learning and doing: I hardly ever write for myself anymore, much less freelance. While freelancing might not be in the cards right now, I do want to make an effort to use this writing space a lot more. I want to keep reading new books (even though I need to make time to read said books). I want to keep learning how to code (free courses online for the win). I want to try and pick up another language, even though all I can’t say right now in Portuguese is “Sorry, I don’t speak Portuguese.” Gotta start somewhere, right?

See you guys in the new year. :)

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