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Another Year Gone 

1 Jan

2016 was another year of firsts, triumphs, trials, and tribulations. 

For 2016 I decided that I was going to have no expectations; I was just going to go with the flow and see where the 365 days took me.

That was the best thing I could of done.

I said yes to so many new experiences and had a pretty good year. I lost weight, renovated the tiny house I am living in, took a spontaneous trip to Seattle, I am more confident in my job, and I’ve had the chance to do things for the people I love.

So for the first time in a while I’m sending off the year without regrets. I said what I meant, I did what I wanted, and I tried new things.

I hope 2017 will be as filled with new experiences and awesome memories as 2016 was. 

One Year Later

7 Jan

New Year 2015 formed from sparking digits over black backgroundA year ago New Years Eve I was throwing a single girls party with two of the handful of single friends I had left. I have a post about it HERE. I spoke about how it was depressing to be in my mid twenties having never experienced a kiss at midnight; saying goodbye to the year and looking forward to a new one together.

Hindsight is always 20/20 an no matter the dozens of people who tell you things will get better, will you ever listen? You just have to wait and see for yourself. I’d also been told a ton that the second you stop looking for someone they find you. I always thought that was a load of crap…well last New Years Eve I decided I was done looking and I was going to focus on myself.

Seems like I owe an apology to quite a few people because they were right. I stopped looking and then he found me. (Sort of anyway, we were introduced.)

I had several things on my New Years Resolution list that I am proud to say I accomplished!

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1. CHECK

2. check-ish. I’m happy, I could be happier.

3. CHECK

4. CHECK

5. CHECK

I think 2014 was the single most successful completion of resolutions.

“Blue Monday”

6 Jan

il_340x270.386088160_e9g8Blue Monday… Yeah it’s actually a day, and that day is today, January 6th.

It’s the most depressing day of the year and I’ll be honest today I am feeling it 120%. Yesterday the temperature was 42, this morning 20, right now it’s 3 degrees Ferinheight….and by the time I leave work the weather man predicts it will be -6.

It’s snowing, cold, icy, no sun, I’m feeling the weight of the world and the pressure to make major life decisions before my birthday at the end of the month when I turn the big two six…argggghhhhh!

By the way, that’s me screaming because there isn’t anything else I’m capable of today.

The Single Girls New Years Eve

1 Jan

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Last night was the final night of 2013 and  therefore a celebration of the year past and a party to kick off the year to come.  New Years Eve can be a bit of a downer when you don’t have anyone to kiss at midnight; so this year I decided to throw a Single Girls New Years Eve.

I invited the girlfriends that are still single, I’ll be honest there aren’t many left now that we are all in our mid twenties…so two girls were able to make it and the three of us went into town and had pizza, came back to my house and watched Monsters University (an early birthday gift!) we decorated wine glasses (a tradition I brought from my time at college) we laughed and joked around in a mustache and took lots of pictures. IMG_8339

We also made plans to have more fun this year including paintball, laser tag, concerts and a slightly unlikely trip to Las Vegas (since I’m not a fan of gambling)

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As for my 2014 list…this year I want to:

  1. Cross more items off my Bucket List
  2. Find a way to be happy where I am or go somewhere else
  3. Get the addition on the house done
  4. Stop looking for love and just be content as I am
  5. Do more, make more memories…

2014…or is it?

30 Dec

f8cc7ce628123d66b563dfa5379d6f98Tomorrow is the last day of 2013 and as I think forward I keep making the most bazaar mistake and typo’s. In a previous post, on my New Year’s Eve Pinterest board and in conversation I keep referring to the coming New Year as 2015. I am completely and 100% a year ahead.

I think there is a logical and a less than logical explanation for this “year ahead thinking”.

So for the logical; because in my line of work it is my job to think and work a year or better in advance so I’ve been, for a year now, talking about 2014. So much so that I’ve forgotten its 2013. Since I’ve been talking about 2014 all year my brain seems to think it’s 2015 in a couple of days, instead of 2014; Logical explanation as promised.

Now for the less than logical explanation…have you ever hears of a Freudian Slip? It’s when you say what your subconscious truly believes without meaning to. I like to think part of the reason I keep thinking about 2015 is because that is the year that something major is going to happen. Maybe that’s the year I land an incredible job in an incredible city. Maybe that’s the year I win the lottery and buy a bunch of land, maybe that’s the year I meet my Mr.

Obviously my subconscious wouldn’t know if 2015 was THE year but it’s a nice idea. I’m not unrealistic I’m a hard worker, a fairly cool person, and semi intelligent. I’m fully aware that hard work and dedication will reap the most consistent rewards. However no amount of hard work and elbow grease can change everything. I can’t will the universe to find someone faster than I’m meant to. So it’s a nice thought to think that possibly 2015 is the year that things could aline for me.

Either logical or less than so the New Year is coming and I’m going to try and make 2014 a good one…now if I could only decide what I want to do in 2014…

19. Get Some New Hobbies

26 Dec

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I finally am able to check another Bucket List item off the list. Number 19. Get Some New Hobbies. This was intended to force action in myself. A lot of my current hobbies are sitting at home reading, taking photos, scrap-booking, hand sewing, watching movies and television series. Pretty much solo and getting pretty boring.So I decided to add a few more interests…unfortunately they also fall under primarily solo actives.

Interesting enough my current hobbies are quite stereotypical “female” hobbies and the new ones I’m so excited about are stereotypical “male” hobbies, clearly I need to shake up my routine a bit; and honestly if you know me at all you’ll know I can make anything cute and girly.

The three activities I have chosen, while considered solo activities they will at least get me up and moving and outside; three really positive things as we head towards the start of a new year:

  1.  boxing
  2.  Archery
  3.  target shooting.

When I say boxing I don’t mean hitting other people, I mean punching a bag. Over the summer my mom found a heavy bag at a garage sale and then for Christmas I got a pair of pink boxing gloves! I think this will be a great outlet of frustration and a good way to get up and moving.

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Archery was something that I learned in my middle school gym class, I was surprisingly half decent at it considering it falls under the ‘sports” category. It’s a lot easier to enjoy doing something when you’re good at it. Needless to say I also got this as a Christmas gift.

And finally on my list of new hobbies is target shooting. I’ve been asking for permission to have a gun for years, I’m an adult and I have my own money so I could of bought my own, but I live with my parents and it made my mom more than a little nervous so I wanted to wait until I had her “okay”. You guessed it, I got a gun for Christmas…well I got a pink Daisy. I’m pretty excited about it and the “bullets” are less expensive than real bullets and I’m cheap so this is a much more economical route to take. Plus I’m not ever, ever, ever intending to hunt. My interest is solely in paper targets pined to a hay bale.

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So while these new hobbies are still semi solo activities they will at least get me out the house and even though we live in a modern age it will still be nice to have self reliance skills.

The Party

22 Dec

jjjBeing single on New Year’s Eve isn’t fun, for anyone. Especially where I live an the only party options involve your all married/in a relationship family. So this year I’m trying something different.

I’m in the process of planning a last minute idea for a single girls New Year’s Eve party. Celebrate 2013 and welcome 2014 with food, drinks, crafts, stories, and laughs.

I’ve invited any of my girlfriends, mostly single, several not, that still live I the state and I’ll be honest it’s not many. So far, I haven’t gotten any RSVPs of  “yes” but I’m hopeful! And if all else fails I’ll have a kick butt party with my mom and our dog Maggie.

So here is what I was thinking:

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  1. Ask everyone to dress to impress and go out to eat for dinner, show the world how fantastic we are and that single girls don’t just hide at home with a pint of ice-cream on New Years Eve…and yes I’ve done that before.
  2. After dinner head back to my adorably and festive decorate house where we will change into pj’s and a paint shirt so we can decorate a wine glass that I plan on purchasing for a dollar at the dollar store.
  3. After the wine glasses are done I thought it would be fun to make a list of 2015 goals- a little type A personality I know…
  4. I have several board game options depending on the interest of those whom attend.
  5. In general just watching New Years Eve in Times Square, talking and having a good time.
  6. I was also thinking of purchasing a tin at Wal-Mart or JoAnn Fabrics once they’re on sale after Christmas and spray paint them a pretty color with 2015 Dream Big” written on the tin and put a confetti popper in it, a pretty mini frame that we can write our 2015 goals on so we see it all year long, maybe some glow in the dark stuff…just really girly and cute.new-years-eve-clipart-1

Well that’s what I was thinking,you can check out my Pinterest board of craft and decoration ideas here. I think it sounds like fun and I’m really hoping my single girls New Years Eve party doesn’t literally turn into a single girl party. Guess we’ll see!

Are you planning anything fun? Have you had a “Single Girl (or Guys) New Years Eve party before? Let me know!