Happy New Year!

2014 is here, and I happily brought in the new year with the most wonderful person on earth.

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And, honestly, it was the best New Years Eve I’ve ever had.

I was never one for being nostalgic during NYE or being sad that the previous year was over. Nor have I ever been a person to really look forward to the “new year” – mainly because I just assumed that it would be the same as the last.

But, this year is a little different.Β A lot happened to me in 2013 – some good and some not so good. I learned a lot, grew up a lot, and found my true self along the way.

So, I talk a big game, but what exactly did I do all year long? Allow me to fill you in.

  1. I graduated college Summa Cum Laude.
  2. I broke a heart…
  3. … But fixed my own.
  4. I highlighted my hair for the first time. I used to dye my hair all the time – you know, that out of the box stuff. But I finally did it the professional way and I love it!
  5. I took a leap of faith – and did something completely out of character for me – and fell in love with the most unlikely person. And thank God I did. Having Joe be a part of my life in this way is the greatest thing I could have done. I’ve never been as happy as I am today. Which brings me to my next point…
  6. I learned how toΒ truly love someone by being loved by another so unconditionally.
  7. I made a New Years resolution, for the first time ever. I vow to try and not sweat the small stuff. πŸ™‚
  8. I applied for a mortgage.
  9. Which means that I also looked at homes to move into!
  10. I paid my first college loan.
  11. I got a job – a big girl job!
  12. I sat in the front row for a Maroon 5 concert; caught Adam Levine’s sweaty towel; and had the man himself acknowledge my existence.
  13. I grew up. It may sound insignificant, but it’s huge for me. I realized how ready I am to take the next step in my life, and move out, have a home, and do all the things adults are supposed to do.
  14. I went canoeing! And part of that canoe trip involved camping – like, really camping – on a little beach with no bathrooms or anything. It was so incredibly awesome, though, and I can’t wait to go again.
  15. I haven’t held anything back. This is mostly true for the last six months of 2013 – as Joe and I have a completely honest relationship. It’s so nice to be able to express exactly how you feel, no matter if it’s good or bad. And, even better, to talk about everything as adults and not have a screaming match.
  16. I learned to love myself. That old saying, “You can’t love somebody else until you love yourself,” is so right on. I was never able to give all of myself to another person until I learned how beautiful, smart, and caring a person I was. Joe brought that out in me. Yet another thing I can thank him for.
  17. I hurt a lot of people. Not everything on this list is going to be good. While I don’t regret the direction my life has gone in, I do wish it had been done differently. I never meant to hurt the people I did, and for that I’m sorry. I just hope everyone involved can find their own happiness and live a more fulfilled life from here on out.
  18. Which reminds me – I found myΒ happiness. Everything I did to get where I am right now may have been selfish, but it was to make me happy. And it’s worth it.
  19. I drank something called a “Fat Bastard.” And I suppose in this same category I’ll put that I decided my drink of choice is a Sex on the Beach.544603_10200975013846815_1484518848_n
  20. I learned the difference between a furnace and a boiler, and I know more about water heaters than alllll of you. Occupational hazard. No, my big girl job is not a plumber, but I do work for a company that builds websites for plumbing, heating, and HVAC businesses and write most of the content surrounding that industry.
  21. I drank champagne at midnight while at a comedy club watching the ball drop with the most amazing guy. I add this in because I’ve never done anything like this before, and it was nice to receive a true, meaningful kiss when 2014 came rolling in. And nice to give one. πŸ™‚

So, in conclusion, it’s been quite a year with a lot of ups and downs and changes in my life, but everything I’ve done has been for a purpose and I don’t regret anything. I’m happier than I’ve ever been, and I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings.

Happy New Year everyone! Do what makes you happy, and live this year with no regrets. Cheers!

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