and just like that, it all starts over again. a new year and a reset mind that’s ready to jump back into the grind. i’ve never been a huge new year’s eve fan. i always forget to plan something, forget to buy a dress in time, or just don’t really care for the crowded drunk NYE scene. but somehow, no matter where i spend the last minute of the year, even if it’s in my friend’s living room in my pajamas, i get this special feeling when the clock strikes midnight. it always feels a little cinematic. i feel connected to arian and proud of the struggles we’ve gotten past. sure, we’re not perfect but relationships take work and we’re working at it. and it feels exciting to plan things to look forward to together. just for a minute, it feels like a new chance at something when the year starts over. it’s definitely a made-up feeling, it’s not real. january 1st is the same as april 23rd, but it doesn’t matter. it feels nice to write down what we hope to change in our lives, even if we don’t change at all.

i read this post that i wrote last january, when i was clearly not feeling ready for the new year’s hype. i can still relate to the words i wrote then, but i also feel in a very different head space this january. i took some time today to focus on what made me happy last year and wrote down a bunch of nonsense stream of consciousness ideas for this blog. none of them really make sense yet, but i am excited to watch them come to life over the next few weeks.

let’s shake things up this year, ok?

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  • 1. Ursula  |  January 1st, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s and it always stressed me out the “pressure” of having to be having fun somewhere at a party…I don’t feel that way anymore, thank goodness and I agree with you that Jan 1 could be April 23rd… But it is nice to see the calendar in January and see the number 1 as a new beginning ;)

  • 2. Brittni  |  January 1st, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I’ve never been a huge fan of NYE either… but you’re totally right about that magic spark that happens at midnight. Even if it is make believe :) I can’t wait to read all about the exciting adventures that 2014 has in store for you!

  • 3. Anonymous  |  January 2nd, 2014 at 3:15 am

    It’s pretty cool that your 2013 New Years post was kind of uninspired, and then look how fantastic your 2013 turned out to be! : ) No pressure is the way to go!

  • 4. Katrin  |  January 2nd, 2014 at 3:32 am

    I don’t love NYE but the feeling of a fresh new start om 1st of January. If the year doesn’t start too nice, I’ll make another start with the Chinese New Year (this year on 1st of February). So I can expect just the best of 2014!
    Bri, thanks for all the inspiration and fun. Have a GREAT 2014!

  • 5. Helena  |  January 2nd, 2014 at 4:44 am

    I can totally relate! I’ve never been a huge NYE fan either, and always feel like you could make plans and goals for change anytime of the year.
    Anyway, we actually had a pretty cool Space Party this (last) year, so in that sense NYE seems like a good excuse to actually make the effort to plan an amazing party and make it happen.
    Happy New Year, Bri!

  • 6. Diana  |  January 2nd, 2014 at 7:01 am

    I feel the same way! I spent a few days trying to figure out some new years resolutions for myself, or even a vague plan for the year, before having to admit it just wasn’t going to happen… Instead I just set some goals for January and felt so liberated by allowing myself the freedom to change course later!

  • 7. Holli Anne  |  January 2nd, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Love hitting the reset button and stream of consciousness goals. They will make sense for sure!

    Excited about your blog in 2014! Happy New Year!

  • 8. maggie  |  January 2nd, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Amen! Love this – really feeling 2014 already.

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