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New Year, New You

12/30/2013
I'll admit, I'm a sucker for all the sentiment that comes with the arrival of the New Year. I love thinking that with the ending of the old and beginning of the new comes a fresh start, a clean slate for you to set goals and try new things.

2013 was quite the transitional year for me. I moved back home after graduating university to save money, started a full time job, adopted a puppy, and recently came to the end of a long-term relationship. Needless to say, it's been an emotional year, but I am so excited for what's to come. I am incredibly appreciative of everything 2013 taught me, all my travels, and hard life experiences which will only lead me to a new chapter. Here's to 2014!



1) DO BETTER. In anything, I feel there is always room for improvement. Do better at sticking to your workout routine. Do better at maintaining long-distance friendships. Do better at sticking to yourself and your morals. Do better!


2) SMILE MORE. Laughter is the best medicine, seriously. Not only for the feel-good benefits, laughter also boosts your immune system and protects your heart by improving blood flow. 


3) OWN IT. Whoever you want to be, don't be swayed. If, like me, you're not the party girl, don't be her. If you find a different niche or hobby, go for it. All I've found is pretending to be something you're not comfortable with will only make you unhappy. And the ultimate goal is to be happy!


4) EAT DESSERT. Life is too short to not have your cake and eat it too. Everything is good in moderation and trust me, a little chocolate will go a long way.


5) SEND FLOWERS. Make someone's day without expecting anything in return, you'll feel good.


6) PROTECT THAT SKIN. I used to be a sworn sun-worshipper, (and still am) but I've gotten way more diligent about protecting my skin. It will look much better come your 40th birthday.


7) GO SOMEWHERE NEW. Last spring I went to Philadelphia for the first time. I was blown away by the architecture and city that was lined with cherry blossom trees. I love going new places, even to nearby small towns I've never been. Expand your horizons.



8) EXPLORE A CITY YOU'VE ALREADY BEEN. The thing about a city is it's always changing. Try a new cafe, go to an event, check out a locally-owned boutique.


9) WORK ON OLD FRIENDSHIPS. After graduation as friends go their separate ways, it's been difficult to keep in touch with everyone but important to try. Send thoughtful cards or texts out of the blue to show you care; it's usually reciprocated.



10) ENJOY SUMMER. Having worked a 9-5 office job the past year and a half, I can't stand watching a sunny day from my window. Fresh air, when it's not below zero degrees, is good for the soul. After work, enjoy the late sun on a patio, walk along a boardwalk, grab a coffee and sit outside. Summer is way too short so you might as well enjoy as much of it possible.


11) MORE CONCERTS. I had an amazing summer of music and outdoor festivals but can never get enough. 



12) MORE BEACHES. I could happily live by the ocean for the rest of my life. "The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea." - Isak Dinesen



13) BE CREATIVE. Recently, I've been trying to dedicate at least one night a week to do something creative. Could be a DIY project or diving into my new hobby of painting, but I always feel that time spent is well worth it and proves very stress-relieving.



14) BE ONE WITH NATURE. The world is moving so fast but I love getting back to the simple beauty just in our backyards. At the rate things are going, it won't last forever. Treasure it now.

I hope you all have the most wonderful new year with an amazing start. Love,

MAC

4 comments on "New Year, New You"
  1. Love all the thing you say! So true! Hope you have an amazing New Year!
    x
    pils13.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Pili you're so sweet! I hope you have an amazing New Year too!
      <3

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  2. Love this!! 2014 is gonna be our year!

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    1. Yep it's what we make of it! Here's to travelling more, more daily adventures, friends and fun :)

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