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A New Year, A New Me In 2012

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It’s hard to believe that in just under a week we’ll be on our way to welcoming in the New Year of 2012. I honestly look back on 2011 and it feels like one giant blur — not sure if that is a good or bad thing just yet. Regardless, it has been quite a whirlwind of a year for me, and I openly admit that I’m looking forward to closing this chapter of my life. In just the last week and a half, I’ve experienced great upheaval and changes in my life that have really tested my mental stability and sobriety. Needless to say, despite an overwhelming feeling of defeat and a bit of heartache, I’m happy to say I came out of it with a clear mind and without a drink. And in the end, I know my decisions are for the best and that things can only get better from here on out.

Over the course of the next few days, I’m going to completely purge my apartment, closet, and workspace once and for all. It’s been a task that has been put off for way too long, and I refuse to go into the New Year with a cluttered home and mind. My apartment is basically an overwhelming space for me, and I can’t seem to get settled properly while I’m being suffocated by my things. It’s not very relaxing at all. But, I’m confident that once I get everything in order, I will be able to move my year into a more positive and productive light. (Read: ‘Minimalism: How to Declutter Your Home & Your Soul’)

Some things I’d like to work on in 2012…

Live a life fueled by positivity. It’s really easy to say you’re a positive person, but at the end of the day when we rest our heads down on the pillow, is it the truth? I could probably go on for an entire post about this, but I won’t. For now, I’m just going to say I want to live every day in the most positive way possible. I won’t let myself be surrounded by negative thinking people or have my brain clouded with negative thoughts. It’s exhausting and mentally taxing. I’ve come to realize that 99% of the time, someone’s negative shit is just not about me, and there is no reason for me to take it on myself. No complaints, no gossip, no focusing on the bad.

Continue on living a sober life. It’s been a process, that’s for sure. But, I plan on continuing with it because it has done nothing but wonderful things for my life.

To stop obsessively checking Facebook and Twitter. The few days that I had no phone were quite refreshing. I love Twitter, but to be honest I’m so completely over Facebook. If I didn’t need it for work, I’d probably delete it. Lately, I even find myself just scrolling to the top of the Twitter app and not going through old tweets like I used to. It’s quite freeing.

Purchase an organizer. Throughout 2011, I bounced between a Filofax and a Moleskine notebook. Needless to say, it just left me even more un-organized than before. I need to pick up a legit planner and call it a day. I really adore the Erin Condren planners, but it’s not really in my budget at the moment. We’ll see.

Stop bullshitting and get into shape. 30 years old is just around the corner from me and I need to quit being so damn unhealthy. Since giving up alcohol, I’ve lost a lot of the difficult weight I’d been wanting to get rid of, now it’s time to get fit. It shouldn’t be that difficult considering I have a huge stack of Jillian Michaels DVDs staring at me in the face every time I plop my lazy ass onto the couch. Hahaha.

Semi-related to the paragraph above, I would like to Learn to cook. I mean don’t get the wrong idea, I’m not some fire hazard and hot mess in the kitchen, but a girl can only eat so many uncreative meals before going insane. I really want to become a better vegetarian and incorporate this into the blog as well.

Stop shopping so fucking much. (Yes, I shop so much that it warranted a curse word in there) While I’ve been going through my closets and drawers, I’ve noticed how much shit I really have. I don’t even have room for it. Then I’ll go to pick up my dry cleaning orders and have even more items piling up on my bed.  And the amount of shoes that I have is offensive.  I randomly find shoes that I haven’t worn in months because I forget about them. The other day, I just realized I owned a pair of those Jessica Simpson “Dany” heels. It’s really out of control. I’ve considered starting a “Shop My Closet” site, but that is just more work than I care to get into right now, I rather just donate it all to a local charity. They need the clothing and shoes more than we do anyway.

Kick my blogging ass into gear. I love writing, I love blogging, so why the fuck have I slacked so much on it this year? I can’t pinpoint one thing or another for the reasoning behind this. Perhaps I was too busy living life off the internet, or I just didn’t feel inspired by surrounding parties. I’m not sure. But, I do know that this blog is very important to me, and I want to make it so much better than it has ever been. I have so many ideas and plans that are just waiting to be executed.

Starting the day with writing. My co-worker mentioned the author Julia Cameron to me, and a few of her tips for writing. One of them was to start the day by writing 5 pages of absolute bullshit just to get the creative juices flowing. This is definitely something I want to try. I’m also going to pick up a few of her books from the library.

Giving up alcohol was one of the most difficult things I’ve had to do, and I’ve managed to beat it. So there shouldn’t be any reason that I can’t accomplish these things, right?

A few links I feel compliment this post…

‘Why I Won’t Stop Blogging’ and ‘Becoming a Better Human, Blogging’

‘How to Stop Procrastinating About Procrastinating’

‘Slay Your Time Vampires’ Part I and Part II

‘Narrowing the Priorities’

‘Life Only Sucks if You Do (Bring the Radness)’

’30 Challenges for 30 Days of Growth’

‘Destroy What Destroys You’

‘The Secret Rule of Changing Anything’

‘Picking One Little Word to Guide Your Year’

’50 Radical New Year’s Resolution…That You Can Do All Year’

If you’ve got any links that pertain to these topics and you think I should check out, please share!

I think I’m going to re-create this and hang it above my bed.

Currently. . .

Well, it’s been quite a bit of time since I last updated this blog. Just about almost two weeks. As you can tell I’ve been quite busy living life off the internet, working a lot, and spending some time getting things together on my own time away from the computer. I just really haven’t had much time to blog and didn’t have enough passion flowing through me regarding it, so I felt like taking most of December off was a good idea. Additionally, I’ve been wanting to redo some things over here on the blog including features, posting, and the layout, so I felt it best that I get that all together and re-launch with a new feel on January 1. I’ll probably be blogging a little bit every now and then, but all major changes and inputs will be coming in the new year.

As far as a little catch up with what’s been going on, Wednesday will be the official marking of 60 days without alcohol. I can’t believe I’ve gotten thus far. In celebration of it, I got a new tattoo of a broken shot glass that says ‘Last Call’. (see above) It was done by Brian at Magic City Tattoo in Boca Raton. I am so in love with it. It’s such an awesome reminder of this journey that I’m on to better myself and my lifestyle. I’ve lost around 12lbs since giving up the alcohol, which is also a really exciting thing. I don’t have much more to go until I reach my goal weight, now just to get back into shape. I’ve been working on purging my apartment and closet, there is just so much excess piling up and I need to get rid of it. It’s really hindering my organization and desire to want to keep my place in order.

Unfortunately, not everything has been all unicorns and whimsy over here. On Saturday night I was put in an extremely stressful situation, but I’m getting through it. My car was broken into and my purse was stolen. Inside my purse was my iPhone, my wallet (with waaaaaay too much cash), and some of my favorite lipglosses and memories. It was definitely a bit of a setback mentally, but I’m trying to not let it defeat me. I’ll be getting my phone back sometime this week, but to be honest it’s been a really lovely thing to be so disconnected from the internet. I haven’t felt anxious or on edge that I couldn’t check my phone while I’m out. It’s actually quite refreshing. However, not gonna lie….I do miss instagram. But other than that, it really makes me question whether or not to delete my Facebook and Twitter apps from my new phone. But, we’ll see.

Additionally, mercury retrograde has really effected me. I wish I could say that I got through it with flying colors this season, but sadly that wasn’t the case. I think that is another major reason that I’ve been showing no interest in blogging, etc. Mercury Retrograde really fucks with me.

However, all in all, I’m really looking forward to 2012. This year was a great one, but had a lot of ups and downs energetically and creatively for me. It was a bit of a rollercoaster. On the upside though, I feel like I’m finally settling into myself and things will be on the up and up from here on out.

That’s all for now. . . happy Monday.

PS. -  ’5 Things You Should Know Before Dating a Journalist’ is the best article I’ve read all day. I cannot stop laughing. It’s pretty much the most on point description of myself ever. Also, ’5 Things You Should Know Before Dating a Blogger’ is another great read.

Bangs! Bangs! Bangs!

How absolutely ridiculous is that photo? I couldn’t help it, I was just oh so excited about having my bangs back in my life. Yes, that’s right folks. I’ve cut my bangs again, and I don’t know how I went so long without them. It’s like I re-found my long lost soulmate. Seriously. My baby forehead missed them oh so much. It’s just difficult to have bangs in the Summer, so now that the weather is finally cooling off, I can wear them 24/7. Now I just need to get one of those little mini hair irons to keep them on point at all times.

Also. . .

I got Hello Kitty foot pajamas today. So, I guess you could say my life is basically complete now.

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