First and foremost, we apologize for having to take a hiatus at the end of 2012. As most of you know, Erin had the most perfect baby girl in the history of mankind (second only to my own niece, of course) and has had her hands full ever since. I’ve had an insane amount of work and personal stuff to deal with, which left absolutely zero time for crafting, cooking or anything that didn’t involve taking care of those things. It made for a pretty hectic last few weeks of the year, and something had to give. Unfortunately, it was this blog.
But with the start of the New Year, we are back! As we have done the last few years, we wanted to write down our New Year’s resolutions in the hopes it keeps us honest.
For me, 2012 was a year of very high highs and very low lows. I think my biggest realization was turning 32 and realizing for the first time, that no, the clock isn’t going backward. Never has the time been more ripe to make every single moment count. My second biggest surprise was the huge impact of seemingly small decisions. I’ve always been a very “this will make sense in hindsight” type of person — and that was proven to me so many times in 2012. So it is in the spirit of those two things that I’ve compiled the following list of resolutions.
1.) Get out of credit card debt. I made absolutely HUGE strides in this in 2012, getting more than $10k worth of debt down to almost nothing. Then, I had a few tough breaks and am back up to about $5k. Through good fiscal decisions, there is absolutely no reason I shouldn’t be able to get rid of this debt by June. Then, I can double down on pesky student loans, which are significant, but have interest rates that are laughable when compared to my credit cards.
2.) Finish.That.Book. In 2012, I gained my confidence as a writer, not only through this blog but by writing for other sites including The Hairpin and The Gloss. The reaction to those pieces from their readers, as well as my own friends and family has been nothing short of amazing to see and hear. It’s finally proven to me that there just may be an audience for me afterall. Writing a book is all I have ever wanted to truly do. The only real item I’ve ever had on my bucket list. There is no reason I shouldn’t be able to do this.
3.) Stop cursing. Omg, I curse so much in my day to day and I don’t know why. I need to stop. It’s okay sometimes. But not constantly like I feel like I’m doing. Especially when strangers are around. Just doesn’t give the right impression.
4.) Put at least $10,000 in my savings. I spent the past weekend with two of my very best friends – one who is a successful small business owner, and the other who has, like, eight different degrees in accounting, tax and finance. Both are ridiculously smart and were talking about all sorts of finance topics that largely go over my head – like the fiscal cliff and the pros/cons of capital gains taxes. It was all I could do to keep up. But as I listened to them debate, my mind inevitably drifted, and I got to thinking about how it’s probably not okay that I’ve been working for ten years and have a savings account the size of the one I do. If I ever want to retire, I’ve got to get serious about my finances. That includes not just getting out of debt, but saving for my future.
5.) Complete six half marathons. I ran the NYC marathon in 2010 and it was the most rewarding experiences of my life. Vowing to keep up the running, I ran one half marathon in 2011…and then stopped running all together. But I loved running! I loved the free T-shirts, the sense of camraderie, the fact that when you are running you literally cannot do anything else until you are done. So I took the first step by signing up for the Austin half marathon in February and am going to put a few more on the docket to keep me honest. I have learned that I need to run for a goal. There are worse things in life than to wake up early on a Saturday morning and take a nice long run.
6.) Learn to say what I want. I think one of the very, very, VERY best things about entering your 30s is this switch that totally flips and suddenly you have absolutely no tolerance for being pushed around by anyone. Boss acting annoying? Tell them. Have a bad friend in your life? Cut them off. I am a nice person and I hate confrontation, and more often than not, I opt for staying quiet rather than speaking up because that’s just easier. But no more. The most stressful things about the last few weeks of the last year have stemmed from me not saying something when I should have. It may not be the easiest route to take at the time, but it makes your life infinitely easier. #YOLO, you know?
So that’s it for me. If I can do even half of these things in 2013, I’ll be in good shape, indeed.
Hope everyone out there enjoys a very happy, healthy New Year and has kicked off 2013 right! Looking forward to getting back in the blogging swing….