The New Year

This is going to be long.

I had an awesome New Year's Eve. It hit a chilling 30˚F in Phoenix last night as some friends and I went to dinner and the Tempe Fiesta Bowl Block Party. The experience has humbly forced me to admit that I seem to know nothing abut dressing well and still being warm. Eventually the outfit pictures from it will get posted. The biggest surprise for me, though, was finding out the night before that Jimmy Eat World was going to be playing! One of my favorite bands since high school, and I was going to get to see them live for only $20! Let me gush a little and say that they were so good live. "Hear You Me" in particular was just heart-wrenching and I'm so glad I got to see them live, even if I was freezing my ass off the entire time. That being said,

Happy New Year!

May all your guys' 2011 wishes and resolutions come true! This blog has introduced me to some truly awesome people and I'm grateful to them, and to all of you guys who've been reading/following me for helping shape and inspire the progress of this blog. I can't wait to see what this new year brings!

On to the self-reflection: This was not a good year for me, generally speaking. Some really great things have happened, that I won't contest, but overall, I wasn't as happy with myself and my actions and achievements as I was in 2009. For me, this is truly disappointing because I'm kind of obsessively ambitious. I'm a strong believer in the idea that each person has the ability to start winning and bettering, and when you start winning and bettering, it snowballs. Up till now, I allowed myself to condition this with the notion that I needed to catch some sort of break in order to set this snowballing in motion, but in the last month or so, I'm realizing that I'm just going to have to make my own breaks here, because that's the only way to guarantee them happening now, when I need them. So, I've made my resolutions in the spirit of making my own breaks:
  • Be kind, polite, and more sociable. Don't waste time worrying about little things and just get right out there.
  • Don't get behind. That isn't to say don't procrastinate (because if there ever was an impossible goal, that'd be it), but don't leave things to the point where you're going to have meltdowns.
  • Interact more with other bloggers. Have features, guest posts, and more email interaction with these people you think are awesome.
And lastly, accept things that are long past changeable. As the frame I have above my dresser says,



  1. Love it :) Your posts are always so well written lol they make mine seem like a 5 year old's diary (which, I guess, is totally okay since it's mainly a journal for myself to look back on).

    Jimmy Eat World playing for the home crowd is always the best. My bf's brother used to be best friends with their tour manager so free backstage tickets for all

    Sorry to hear your 2010 wasn't as great as you might have liked. From moving 3 times in the last 3 years (albeit, voluntarily), I can say that I've definitely learned to roll with the punches a bit more. Naturally I'm obsessive and super Type A, but I think I've mellowed out a ton and let little things go a lot better. You'll find that perfect balance soon enough :)

    Now time for my own new years post ...

  2. Damn, that looks like it was a lot of fun...

    A lot more fun than trying to drive to downtown Phoenix and ending up on a mountain. Have a good year!

  3. Keep calm and carrying on is potentially the best advice I have ever heard. I am going to have to remember that. It is short and so it seems realistic that I could remember it! ;-)

    Happy New Year! I would agree entirely that we create our own breaks. I bet you are further along than you think.

  4. "keep calm and carry on"
    love it!
    hope you have a wonderful year!

  5. Glad you had a great NYE:) Happy New Year sweets:)

    Stop by and say Hello:)
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