Wednesday, January 2, 2013

In 2013.

2013, I'm really glad to see you. After a festive New Year's Eve with friends spent listening to music and watching the famous pineapple drop in downtown Sarasota, I spent New Year's Day walking the Ringling Bridge with ACS, exploring a local shop I'd long wanted to visit, cooking a homemade dinner and thinking about what I want for myself for the year ahead.

See, 2013 is also the year I turn 30 (eek!). And while I know age is just a number and you're as young or old as you feel and all that, 30 is—pretty undeniably—a milestone. So below is a running list of things I want to do or accomplish this year—one that I'll update as I think of more things to add to it. If you'd like to read it, it's after the jump—if not, that's cool; you can check back here tomorrow for some sparkly goodness from a favorite new Etsy shop.

+ Be kind (to others and myself).
+ Work hard.
+ Learn to be more patient.
+ Pay off my car (this will be reality in two months!) and my other debts.
+ Start an herb garden on my lanai.
+ Own a lemon tree.
+ Find a signature scent.
+ Take a Bikram yoga class. (This terrifies me, but I really want to do it.)
+ Ride my bike as much as possible.
+ Take care of my skin.
+ Take care of my mental health (more on this later).
+ Drop 20 pounds. (This is definitely long-term, but I'm trying to be honest so I'm including it even though putting it out there makes me cringe a little.)
+ Continue to evolve my personal style—I feel like, at the end of 2012, I really started to figure out what I like.
+ Make my house a place where I really love spending time.
+ Learn how to make a great signature cocktail.
+ Host a dinner party.
+ Buy more flowers. I love them, and they're such an easy way to brighten up the house.
+ Light lots of candles. (And maybe splurge on a Diptyque?!)
+ Get really into Christmas—send cards, get a live tree, bake a lot. I didn't do any of that this year and it made me so sad.
+ Speaking of sending cards, send more snail mail. (An excuse to buy more stationery? OK with me.)
+ Be more confident in myself and my decisions.
+ Plan a fabulous, mostly-DIY bridal shower for my best friend before her April wedding.
+ Let things happen.

More to come...

Photo by Anna Ådén


  1. I will be happy to help with your cocktail-making... :D

  2. I have similar goals (especially the first four.) Sadly, I won't be getting a lemon tree while living up north, but maybe someday. Also, I'm totally with you about losing weight. So I guess you could say we are in this together. : )

    1. Love that! We are totally in it together. :)

  3. Oh I know, I turn 30 this year too. I'm both happy and terrified by this.

    Happy New Year Megan!

    1. Happy New Year to you, too, Hila! Glad you understand the whole turning-30 thing--as I recall, we share a birthday (August 7!). :)

  4. Such a fabulous list. So many ring true with things I want to do too - I'm defo with you on the dropping 20lbs business too!

    And just to let you know, 30 might have been my favourite year. xx

    1. Aw, so glad you can relate, E. And I love that 30 was your favorite year. :)