New Decade for Me, New Year for You and Opportunities for All

Macrons. Someone in this town actually made macrons. Dark chocolate, raspberry and vanilla macrons. This is the sign of a good year to come.

Macrons. Someone in this town actually made macrons. Dark chocolate, raspberry and vanilla macrons. This is the sign of a good year to come.

Wrapped up 2013 and my twenties: dressed up for a great dinner and dressed down for a street party and a cloud of confetti.

Started out 2014 and my thirties: walking through snowy streets to get breakfast, coming home to lemon meringue pie, sparklers and some wonderful surprises.

Needless to say, my year has started off great so far. There are definite pitfalls to having a holiday birthday, but it’s also easy to get over them if you want to. And when that holiday is the new year, the built-in celebration is pretty freaking awesome. Boozy hot cocoa and fireworks outdoors with hundreds of noisy, joyous strangers? Yes, please.

I am very excited my 30th birthday is finally here (I am a bit of a birthday enthusiast) and now it’s time to make more plans. My 30 by 30 list was made very last-minute, when I was already 28. Now my husband wants me to create a 40 by 40. I don’t think it will be 40 items long at first, but he says he needs something to work off of for future gift ideas. Besides that, I have the usual goals for my blog, my art, my free time and my family. But it’s too early to over think all those things, especially since I am already prone to doing just that.

I have been doing too many fun birthday things today to write anything really long. But since it is the new year and you are likely making goals as well, keep one thing in mind. Setting goals and shooting for radical change based on one arbitrary marker in time (that is what a new year is, after all) makes it easier to fail. Make goals and changes because you want your life to be different, better or more fruitful is the best thing you can do for success. I truly hope you all have a wonderful year ahead of you.

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