I remember that magical year (1998) when I packed all my worldly possessions, shoved them into every available space in my tiny car and drove from Christchurch to settle into my new life in Auckland. I arrived on New Year's eve and subsequently ended up bunking in with my best friend for a few nights while I searched for a flat. That night, I ticked off nearly everything I'd set out to do earlier in the year. It was the best feeling ever. For the next fifteen years, my New Year resolutions had a way of dissipating into thin air before I even got through a third down the list.
As Confucius said, "the definition of insanity is to do the same thing again and again and expect a different result". So this year, I've decided to take a different approach, known to many as reverse psychology. So here it is. I WILL ................
NOT become stale like yesterday's baguette on my kitchen countertop. Someone wise said that the minute you stop learning, you're buried 6 feet underground.
NOT envy someone else. Who knows what goes behind closed doors? One comment from an old friend of mine stayed firmly in my mind. Growing up, I was a geeky, scrawny and awkward kid while she was the popular and beautiful one admired by many. Twenty years on, I found out that high school wasn't a dream boat experience for her either.
NOT become wrapped up with looking good. Aging is inevitable. As morbid as it sounds, no one can hold on to their beauty in death but what people do remember is how you made them feel.
NEVER stop keeping it real. Being pretentious is hard work.
NOT become more OCD than I already am. It's ok to have a fingerprint mark on my laptop screen.
NEVER say I can't when I can say, why not?
NOT forget to keep my priorities straight - God, family, work. In that order.
NEVER attempt to be a beauty/domestic goddess. You won't be seeing a tutorial video showing you how to gift wrap properly anytime soon. The last gift wrapping exercise resulted in my flat looking like tsunami had swept through and pulverized everything in its path. Or a beauty post that shows you step by step instruction on how to draw a straight line across your eyelid. Chances are I would've accidentally punctured my retina with the pencil before I managed to even write the article.
Goodbye, 2013. You've added a few more fine lines under my eyes, gave me opportunities to do things and meet people that I normally wouldn't have. May 2014 be an equally, if not more fantabulous year for all of us.