Happy New Year! It’s resolution-makin’ time.

Happy New Year, dear readers! I hope you celebrated the 2016 in style with some loved ones. If you’re like me, in style meant asleep after watching a heartbreaking episode of The West Wing, sipping on two bourbons over four hours, and The Man scratching my back. 

If even half of my days this year are as pleasant and cozy as my celebrations last night, I’ll be pleased. Of course, I’m going for something better than pleased. I’m hoping 2016 will be a great year in which I learn and grow. What better way to start off a year of learning and growing than by setting a resolution to guide me?

I have a good track record with resolutions. When I was a junior in college, I decided to only buy products lower than full price (sale, clearance, coupon, bartering) for an entire year– clothes, cleaning supplies, stationary, and even food where possible.  It was not only a great exercise in money management, but also willpower and discipline. That year of restraint helped developed some of the positive spending habits I have now.

Two years ago, I decided to switch to a vegetarian diet. Being a vegetarian in Texas is a bit rough, especially since I still really love the sensory experience of eating meat. Despite how much I miss devouring a juicy, warm, tender medium-rare steak, the switch has been good for me: my body is better fueled, I simply don’t visit fast food restaurants anymore, and my palate has expanded.

Last year, I opted out of using electronics in my bed. The quality and length of my sleep has improved since my laptop and phone were banned from the boudoir. (You can pry my Kindle from my cold, dead hands.)

This year, I’m going to try something new. Rather than restricting myself from something, I’m going to add something into my life. In 2016, I am going to learn to sew. 

Now, let’s be clear: I don’t have a good history of learning to sew. My mother, bless her, has tried to teach me a few times but I simply do not possess the patience or mentality to learn skills from other people. I learn best by doing it myself, figuring it out as I go along…so cheers to trial and error, and cheers to 2016!

Got any sewing tips? Resolutions for the year? I’m all ears.

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