I have had the idea of being a blogger for quite some time now. I've tried it out a few times, didn't like my tone, didn't like my attitude, and stopped. I can be driven, but I can also be a quitter. This time is different (I hope). I've thought it through, figured out my goals, and feel the need compile my thoughts and experiences blog style. I've realized the value of connecting with other bloggers, having the support of not only my actual friends and family, but also virtual friends all over the world, and have come to understand that these people with different experiences and same mindsets are huge motivators to continue down a healthy path.
2013 was a great year. Some, but certainly not all, of my favorite moments:
2014 is going to be all about living on the up - thus the name of my blog. That powerful feeling of being on the upswing of a mood is something that I want to harness and stay at. Staying on an upswing and not fading back down is truly a challenge, but from what I've learned this year it means fueling my body with wholesome, quality food and prioritizing outdoor and physical activity with a healthy mix of being cozied up inside. It also means taking the time to appreciate life, family, friends, and experiences.
At the moment I'm en route to the West Kootenay's for a New Year's celebration with Cody and some (but not all) of my dearest friends. Every year we make a point of getting together to ring in the new year, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Tomorrow is a fresh start, a blank slate, and 2014!! I've dubbed 2014 "The Year of Awesome" and I plan on living life this way as much as I possibly can.
As I have, try giving yourself a second to reflect on 2013, the joys and successes as well as the trials and tribulations. Love the memories, learn from the "oops" moments, and get excited for the next chapter. I hope that wherever you are, you too plan to celebrate safely and in the company of loved ones.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
XO - Michelle