Thursday, January 9, 2014

2014: Mais fais le doucement

It has been far too long, hasn't it my friends?

I agree, but I think 2014 is a great year to get back into writing.  Especially because I have so many friends that are all over the place, and I would love for them to stay in the know on what is going on in my life.

Now, the question: why did I stop blogging? 
You know, there are a lot of reasons for this and among them transitions, change, and graduate school.  It was definitely not because I didn't have anything to write about, because if anything I think I have more to write about than I ever have.  There are so many things I want to discuss, rant, cry and be angry about.  A lot of feminism, a lot of self-discovery, and a lot of laughter in between.  To answer it in one word I stopped writing because of growth.  I realized in December that I stopped blogging because the person I was portrayed as on this blog had grown up a little bit.  I have discovered a lot about myself and what I care about this last semester in graduate school.  I think a part of me was afraid of how to express that to the virtual world.

I have edited my about me to make it feel a little bit more like my current self.  I will be editing the blog here and there in the upcoming months.  The important thing is that I am back now and not afraid to voice a lot of strong opinions here every now and then.

Now, let's get started shall we?  What a better way to start than to go over my goals for 2014?! One of my very best and dearest friends and I sat down on New Years Day to write our goals together.  We were determined to have a fantastic year, and I think we have gotten off to a really good start.

So, like last year, I divided my goals into professional, physical, and personal goals. It helps me organize them better this way, and I intend on reflecting in six months as well as at the end of the year.


  • I will learn something new every day and take risks at my internship with one goal in mind: educational equity.
  • I will begin interviewing/researching for fall internships by April 2014.
  • I will find opportunities to network at least once a month.
  • I will read at least three books for professional development (spring, summer, fall)
  • I will make connections in Austin, New Orleans, Dallas, and the RGV by December 2014 for future job opportunities for 2015.
  • I will improve at my current job by developing my relationships with my RAs and Residents
  • I will continue to walk to school at least four times a week.
  • I will find an affordable yoga studio that is no more than $30/month.
  • I will limit my meat (not including fish) to no more than 2X a week (unless holiday falls on that week).
  • I will eat more vegetables through smoothies (kale, carrots, spinach, celery, tomatoes)
  • I will have more fun by going out to more pubs on a biweekly minimum.
  • I will find a stable summer job that will pay the rent by mid-April 2014. 
  • I will finish all my free therapy sessions until the end of the year
  • I will treat myself to a massage at the end of finals
  • I will keep in touch with my long distance friends by personally contacting them at least once a month via skype or phone.
  • I will send more care packages to people I care about for no reason at all (spring, summer, fall)
  • I will call family members besides my mom biweekly.
  • I will attend more concerts (3 minimum)
  • I will ONLY consider dating people whose values meet my checklist (more on that later)
  • I will explore my spirituality and faith by going to the Catholic Student Center for more than monthly happy hour.

Oh, and for a 2014 mantra?  Last year my mantra was "Anything Could Happen" inspired by the Ellie Goulding song.  While it is hard to pick a new one, I have decided on something I learned in Louisiana.  When I lived there a sweet friend who still inspires me introduced me to the following:
Laissez les bon temps rouler (mais fais le doucement)
Laissez les bon temps rouler (mais fais le doucement), let the good times roll, but do it slowly/gently.  Is that not just absolutely fabulous?

1 comment:

  1. Ooh, girl. Dividing goals into categories is such a good idea! Welcome back :)