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oh hello, 2014.

January 1, 2014

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Well, so far, so good! 😉

I started my morning off with a cup of coffee, quiet time with Cleo, and catching up on all of your NYE happenings 😉 So fun to see the pictures, and kind of comical to see the differences of “NYE partying” depending on what life chapter you’re in. For example, my single friends were clubbin’ it up last night in Chicago, wearing
super fancy dresses and digs (do people really still say “digs”?) and buying expensive bottles of champagne to share with 239472 of their newest friends. My friends with little ones all got together to “party” together, which involved lots of babies and baby toys spread across the family room, the grownups sitting on the couch, with a cocktail in one hand and a backup bottle in the other. X and I actually joined my bffs in this type of NYE celebration last year (even though we don’t have babies yet) and I can honestly tell you, it was one of the most fun, hilarious, and exhausting NYEs of my life.

X and I opted for a low-key hang this year, just the two of us. It was so nice and romantic. And I think it’s fair to say it was our best date of 2013.  We got all dressed up and went to one of our favorite new restaurants, sat at a small table in the back, and enjoyed Italian food and champagne by candlelight. We talked about our hopes and dreams for 2014. And we even got dessert to share at the end. –  It. was. perfect.  – We drove home in a snowstorm (which only added to the dreaminess of it all; I love snowstorms), came home to The Babes, popped a bottle of champagne and partied hard for the rest of the night. (We did no such thing.) But we did drink champagne, take silly photobooth pictures, and begin a few new traditions.

I made our Happiness Jar
earlier this week and then added a little something extra to ours: we
each wrote a prayer on a little piece of paper. Both prayers are
something we’re going to specifically pray for, for the other person,
for 2014. We put the pieces of paper in a tiny envelope, sealed it, and
put it at the bottom of the jar. So for NYE of 2014, we’ll open the
envelope and tell each other what we prayed about for the other person. 

We also each chose our Word for 2014. (More on this later) 🙂  Oooh, and I’m really excited to start the Project 52 this week! Are you doing this?! Check back here on Sunday for my first post of the 52 series.

It’s a new year and we’re all starting with a clean(er) slate, right? What are some of the things you plan on doing today or in the next few months to start 2014 off fresh? I’m a list person and because I love change in general, the first day of a new year is really exciting to me. Things on my list this week: decluttering our home and cleaning out my inbox and desktop. I like to find new music in the new year, too. (New to me, anyway). So far this morning, I’ve totally been diggin on some Matthew Perryman Jones. SO lovely.

There are random things I tend to do on the new year too like, hey, I think I’m gonna whiten my teeth. And I should really drink more water. And learn how to cook with more herbs. (Or just learn how to cook.) Maybe I’ll get another tattoo. Maybe we’ll move. (No no, just kidding)

Enjoy your first day of the new year, er’rybody! 😉

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  • I love this idea! Sometimes we all need reminders of the good that is around us, especially on those days life throws you a crappy curveball!