Happy New Year!
2014 looks pretty good to me.
First, for a check-in with my resolutions from this past year to see just how I did with keeping them.
- Learn French – I did not learn French this year. Not even close. I attempted to use a bootleg version of Rosetta Stone earlier in the year, but it didn’t work. I did however just download an app called ‘Duolingo’ a week ago that is going to help me stay on track in the upcoming year. I’ve set a daily goal to practice at for 5 mins. a day – pretty optimistic, but I’m carrying this baby over to 2014.
- Read 15-20 books – Check. I read 18 books in total:
- Just One Day Gayle Forman
- Our Song Jordanna Fraiberg
- Rachel and Leah:Women of Genesis Orson Scott Card
- Wait For You Jennifer Armentrout
- The Messanger: Mortal Beloved Book 1 Pamela DeMond
- Permanent Record Leslie Stella
- Also Known As Robin Benway
- The Suite Life Suzanne Corso
- The Art of Racing in the Rain Garth Stein
- The Obituary Writer Lauren St. John
- Heart of the Matter Emily Giffin
- I’ve Got Your Number Sophie Kinsella
- Mr. Maybe Jane Green
- Wedding Night Sophie Kinsella
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling
- Matched Ally Condie
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J.K. Rowling
- Cocktails for Three Madeleine Wickham
My favorites were The Art of Racing in the Rain, a story told from the perspective of a golden retriever, and Heart of the Matter, because Emily Giffin is the best. This shall also carry over to 2014, because although I do love reading, a goal makes me more motivated to keep cracking open new books.
- Keep a journal – I only did so-so on this guy. I journaled a few times this year, but I think I’m learning that I am not so much a ‘journaling’ type of person. I like writing, but not when I’m forced to, which is what this resolution feels like. I’ll continue to journal when it feels right, but I don’t think it will be a goal.
- Stay fit & eat healthy – Hahaha. Fail. Oh my word, fail. I mean, I tried pretty hard initially. Going to the gym, eating better, but at some point mid-year, my hips took on a life of their own. Sigh.
- Update blog at least 2x a month – I did this, with the exception of one month when I simply forgot and only blogged once. Oh well, I say this is accomplished.
- Take a photography course – I’ve been using my camera a LOT more. I was able to be the on-set photographer for 2 student films, and my photos were even used in BOTH movies as props. I took my sister’s senior photos, as well as her friend’s senior photos, and I’m learning a lot about my camera in the process. So, a Class? No. But experience is sometimes the best class you can take.
- Make photo albums – Check! I made photo albums for my college years and for graduation from undergrad. I like them A LOT. So glad I did this.
- Get a new job – Check. I got a lot of jobs this year actually… Started working at Di Novi Pictures as an intern in February, started temping at Warner Bros. in June, and got a full time job at Warners in September, not to mention those two student films.
Going into 2014, here are my new resolutions…
- Save at least 1/2 of the money for a down payment on a house – With my new job, I’ll hopefully be able to do this. For right now, I think I want to buy some property in California within the next couple of years. That may change, but I want to start saving just in case.
- Read at least 15 books – I have a whole list of books I want to read, so this should be fun.
- Continue learning French – Je suis une femme. See, already on my way.
- Eat healthy, Stay fit – Alright, gym. It’s you and me, baby.
- Sew Something – I’m taking an into to sewing class in February, so I’m hoping I can learn the basics enough to figure out how to make something. [And hopefully that something will be an Elsa costume for Halloween this year.]
- Get genetic testing – I learned this year, that because of my family history, it’s important for me to get genetic testing to find out if I have a hereditary gene mutation that could possibly lead to cancer down the road. This resolution is simply in place to motivate me to go in and do it. ugh.
- Stay after my passion in design – With this new job, it will be very easy to let my pursuits in design fall by the wayside, so I’m kicking my own butt this year to make sure I stay active with it and continue to pursue my interests, whatever that may mean.