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Happy 2011!

January 5, 2011
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Wow, 2011…already! As usual, it seems like 2010 just flew right by, but what a year it was! Along with a plethora of random yet memorable life moments, 2010 will always be the year we launched, the year that I got married (as did TEN of my closest, dearest friends!!!), The year our dog, Diamond, got promoted to the couch, and the year that my beloved hubs turned the big 3-0! I loved 2010! If 2011 is even half as amazing, I think we’re on the verge of the best year EVER!

As proof of this optimistic prediction, here’s what was going on at our house during the first few moments of the new year. We had a serious, rockstar status New Years Eve bash! If this video is an indicator of how fab the rest of the year is going to be…I cannot wait!

New Year’s Eve 2010 from paola parsons on Vimeo.

Moving on to resolutions….

I haven’t made a new year’s resolution in at least a decade. Well, that’s a lie. Last year, hubs and I resolved to not eat fast food in 2010 so I guess that was a resolution but it was kind of a lame one because we rarely eat fast food anyway. And we managed to each break that resolution once (the very reason I haven’t made a resolution in the last ten years). I caved April 5th, after I woke up with the worlds worst wine hangover (the result of a night of binge drinking at the wedding of these two…very classy, huh?) A Mcdonald’s egg mcmuffin was the only cure to a hangover that gnarly! Evan lapsed during his bachelor party weekend in Tahoe…he claims “he forgot”. Since my slip up came first, I couldn’t give the guy a hard time. In fact, it leveled the playing field and from there on out we both were able to comply with our “no fast food” rule AND we’ve decided to continue it. So no fast food in 2011! But that’s not my resolution. This year, I’ve decided to make actual resolutions and not only that, I want to publicly proclaim them in hopes that a fire gets lit under me. I need to be held accountable and this platform is as good as it gets. So, in 2011, I resolve the following:

1. The 52 week Project: Hubs and I are gearing up for a year of serious nesting. We bought our first house two years ago and shy of moving in our furniture and putting together a few desks we bought, we’ve done absolutely NO remodeling, painting, fixing, etc. The first year we moved, our excuse was funding. We had just put down our savings to buy the house, we were only a few years out of college, we were planning our wedding, etc…there were a number of things holding us back from investing money into our home that year. Our second year was all about the wedding, not only were we saving to pay for our big day and honeymoon, we were also so incredibly consumed by the planning and we had no time to spare. Which brings us to 2011, we have no excuses for not “making our house, our home” this year. So, that is exactly what we resolve to do. I’m calling it the 52 Week Project because I plan on making at least one upgrade to the house once a week for the entire year. We have all sorts of plans, some big and some small but whatever improvements we make, I’ll be posting to the blog.

2. Camping every other month: Hubby and I used to go camping/backpacking/hiking every free weekend we could find. Since buying our home and getting married (aka “settling down”), we’ve really lost touch with our nature loving side and we want to get back to our roots. We both grew up doing fun outdoorsy activities and we want to make sure we don’t lose that part of our life. We’ve resolved to camp at least 6 times this year (and hiking in between as often as we can). Our first trip is scheduled for February and we’re down right giddy about it! We’re planning on climbing San Jacinto in the spring.

3. Creating anything and everything: I’m a creative person, I always have been. As far back as I can remember, I’ve been a writer, an artist and a general crafter. I can’t help myself. So, in between real life (my day job, weddings and cupcakes), I resolve to MAKE…anything and everything. I want 2011 to be my most creative year yet so I’m going to push myself to try new things and new mediums, to find inspiration in everything I do and use my hands as often as I can.

4. Showing my appreciation: I have a lot of wonderful people in my life and it’s hard to always show them they’re appreciated and loved. So, this year I want to make a conscious effort to do something nice and helpful for everyone who has added to my life in a positive way. I don’t know how or when but as the year goes, I’m sure I’ll figure out a way to show my appreciation for the ones I care for most.

5. Complain less: I think this will be my hardest resolution to keep. I have opinions…lots of them. I like to vent…often. But, taking a lead from this gal, I’m going to keep complaining to a minimum. I think it’ll be great for me…and hopefully for everyone around me.

So, there they are. Set in stone. My resolutions for 2011. There’s no turning back.

Have a wonderful, magical, adventurous year!



3 Comments leave one →
  1. ePar permalink
    February 5, 2011 7:50 pm



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