Some people are starting the #Whole30. Some people are purging to create capsule wardrobes. Me? I’m sitting in bed in three layers of clothing while snarfing popcorn.
(You’re welcome for that mental image).
To celebrate my inability to commit to popular resolutions, I’ve decided to kick off my 2015 posts with a look back at things I actually did well or learned in 2014. They’re not ground breaking, or even very exciting – but I made them happen, dammit, and that’s all that counts. And because I just can’t NOT whore out my Instagram feed, let’s throw in an insta pic with every “lesson”, shall we?
1. How to wear bright(er) lipstick and that yes, I can absolutely pull it off. I know this sounds pretty basic (and that the lipstick below doesn’t even look that bright), but this is a huge deal for me. Don’t judge.
2. I’m okay with not using my DSLR on a daily (or even weekly) basis. I truly used to think in order for me to enjoy photography I had to a) use a fancy camera for everything and b) be the best photographer in the world or nothing at all. Pffffft, dumb. 2014 was the year of coming to terms with my love of iPhoneography. I’m still working at it, but I have so much love for the ability to be able to snap something wherever I am, regardless of what I’m carrying with me. A DSLR does not a photographer make.
3. One-on-one time with my boys is oh-so important. The momma/son trip the Mouse and I took to DC this fall was one of the best trips of my life. I so enjoyed three days of just him and me – and I can’t wait to do the same with the Froggy once he turns six as well.
4. Speaking of six – wow – I totally love six years old. Hands down, my most favorite age so far. They’re old enough that you can actually do legitimately fun things, but young enough that they still want to hold your hand when they cross the street. It’s bittersweet, my friends.
5. To be completely happy with the way my body looks now, but always strive to be healthy. I am never, EVER, going to be the girl at the gym 5 times (okay, even 3 times) a week (and let’s be real, I love cheese … and beer), but that doesn’t mean I can’t make smarter eating choices when I can. Sometimes I won’t make smart choices – and that’s okay too. My body is constantly fighting evolution which is saying, “Store fat! She’s in prime birthing age! Pack it on in her lower belly where it can flop around nicely!” … and while I’m not necessarily okay with the floppy belly, I know that it’s a part of me – and I refuse to be miserable because of it.
6. Keeping the house clean lowers my stress level by a factor of 10. This is super dumb, but it’s so true. In the past 6 months or so I’ve learned how to get up off my ass and clean now, to save myself from a meltdown later. My husband is totally behind this philosophy as well.
7. Investing in well-made luggage is important when one travels a lot. Ask me how I know. Grrrr.
8. It stresses me out, and I complain about it constantly, but I kind of like training the puppy. The bitch wears me down, but I loved working with her this past fall. She makes me get up off my butt and get outdoors, and learning how to train her has been an interesting endeavor.
9. I am 110% glad we decided against any more kids. I like the place our family is at. I thought with several babies being born around me this year that the baby fever might be hard, but NOPE. You ladies go on with your amazing utes – and I will go home to sleep through the night.
10. Blogging is still important to me. I wasn’t sure it would be – I keep waiting for the day everyone keeps saying will come, the day when I’m “over” having a blog. But it hasn’t. And even though this blog has become a different kind of space for me, it’s still just as important as it was in 2009. Geez, I’m old.
Happy New Years, friends! Thanks for being here.