Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014: A Chance to Begin Again

Well, this is awkward.

Another restart for the old blog-posting thing. It's the first day of 2014 (wow, 2-0-1-4!), and I wanted to get things started off right.

2013 was, in a phrase, kinda crappy. Now, that isn't to say that there were not some amazingly high points to the year (the Caribbean cruise), but overall the year left me feeling in the same kind of sad slump that I have been in numerous times before.

I mean, when 2013 approached, I totally walked right up to it, looked it square in the eye, and swore to 2013 that by year's end, I would have it by the balls, having successfully made it my bitch. Instead, the bitch made me.

I had a bunch of relatively minor health scares, however when all occurring within a single year kind of freaked me out, and I had a really sad letdown with a new company that I had applied and interviewed to work for, along with some other little issues that just made the whole year leave an overall sour taste in my mouth by the end of it. By yesterday night, I had already had 2013's bags packed and waiting for it by the door.

However, despite the sour feelings that I have towards 2013, I am that much more hopeful for 2014. I will be turning 28 this year (sweet Jesus), and although I had a relatively major freak-out over turning 27, I am feeling ready to approach 28 with open eyes and receptive palms. Although I am still at the current Hellhole job, I am hopeful of a change this year. With each gut-wrenching anniversary, the imaginary hold that that place seems to have on me does seem to become weaker and weaker. With my side-gig as a bartender, although I find myself exhausted quite a bit and wish that I didn't have to work a second job, the plus side is that with the extra money I am bringing in I can begin to really put a plan in place for improving my financial stability. And finally, since I got my passport for the cruise I took this year, I can now begin to start making plans to travel, maybe even a trip this year. Canada, perhaps? Not sure how much a plane ticket would cost, but i know that there is a cheap Megabus to Toronto, and it takes the same amount of time as my trip to Atlanta for the holidays, which I handled surprisingly well, so that's always a possibility. And I do love a good road trip.

All this to say, I am actually looking forward to 2014, and I cannot wait to find out what good things it has in store for me. I wrote a pretty long list of New Year's Intentions (not resolutions), but I think that the best way to summarize it is this:

Trust more. Love more. Enjoy more.    

I am really hopeful for the new year. I will expand on my plans for the year in the upcoming posts, which despite my numerous failed efforts in 2013 to keep a regular posting schedule, I have every intention to successfully create in 2014. I mean, hey, it's the first day of a new year, is this not the day to make goals with all of the wide-eyed optimism of a newborn baby?

I actually had a pretty low-key New Year's Day, and I go back to work tomorrow (boo), but I did finally get to go see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and I can honestly say that I LOVED IT. I actually got teary-eyed at the end, I just thought that it was soo good. Even from the previews I felt that the story very much paralleled how I feel in my current situation, and the movie did not disappoint. I left the theater feeling soo INSPIRED for this year, I really REALLY hope that I can keep this energy going. If you are looking for a movie to inspire you, and to make you want to go out and start living your life to the fullest, this is the movie for you. And I think that it can all be summed up in what the movie says is the Life Magazine Motto:

"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer,to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life."

I don't think that I could have said it better myself. If you haven't seen the trailer for the movie, please check it out below. 

Alright, 2014, show me what you've got.

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