new year

As you all know by now, Matt has a blog. Matt’s blog is pretty awesome, but sometimes it is a little neglected so I push him to write more. I push him because I know he enjoys writing, but maintaining a blog is hard work– and I like omg it’s kendal ann to be a creative outlet for others, not just myself. Often I ask Matt to write on a particular topic, but other times he will come to me with ideas, like this one: New Year’s Resolutions; shocking for this time of year, right? Oh please, just because you saw the words New Years Resolution doesn’t mean you are going to stop reading. Trust me this is an awesome post. Anyway, this is an awesome post and I am really excited to see what will happen in 2014. I think he is, too! Setting NYR isn’t a bad thing, I used to be like Matt never making resolutions, but for some reason this just just seems different.

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With it being after the first of the year, people have already had their New Year’s Resolutions in full swing (hopefully) for a few days now. Resolutions such as working out more, cooking healthier, spending less and so on are some of the most common resolutions that I’ve heard of, but I feel like they’re some of the most common resolutions that also never fully come to fruition.

One thing that I’ve never done is set a resolution for the New Year. Let me give you a second to pick your jaw up from the floor. Okay. Let’s go. Never have I ever set a New Year’s resolution mainly because I’ve always lived my life the way I’ve wanted to do it. Sure, I could use a few reps in the gym or stand to not spend as much money on things, but at the same time, I’m perfectly happy living my life the way I currently do.

This year won’t be any different in terms of not making New Year’s resolutions. I have none. At the same time, I still want to grow as a person and I know that I need to make some changes in order to help myself grow and mature more. So, I’ve come up with three things that I want to work at more during this upcoming year.

  1. Shoot more photos, both digital and film, with the film being black and white.
  2. Read more books.
  3. Write more.

With the first one on my list, I want to get back into the photography realm once again. I used to shoot every day for my job, but now that I don’t work there anymore, I haven’t picked up my camera since August. I miss it. Not only do I miss taking photos, I just miss the thrill of going on a walk, camera in hand, and just looking for interesting (to me) things to photograph. I really also want to break out my Dad’s Nikon F-3 and shoot some black and white photos. There’s just something about a black and white photo that gets me every time.

As a child, I read everything. I read the newspaper with my cereal, I read the box of the cereal, I read magazines and books and I was read to before I went to sleep each night. But as I got older, life happened more, making it harder to curl up with a book each night. In 2014, I want to finish a new book each month. I’m the type of person who doesn’t like to start a book and not finish it (unless I’m really not into it). So today, I finished the last book I was reading (which I started in November) and moved onto my January 2014 book. Here’s to reading more!

Finally, Kendal Ann has been putting out a new blog post each day and will so until she hits 365 blog posts – one for each day of a year. I started to get on that path, but once again, life happened and I was unable to keep it going. So I want to make a better attempt to write more during the coming year. Maybe not put out a blog post a day, but try and put a few out a week in order to keep my brain going and wet my whistle with some creativity.

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution? If so, why? Did you follow through with it? If not, why?

Resolutions are too formal. Goals are more fun and really make you think about the smaller things that you have a tendency to miss out on when life happens.

a few new year’s resolutions

ones that you can keep

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Sure a new year means a fresh start, but why all of the hype with resolutions and changing? I never really understood why people had to wait until the begining of a new year to make a change. If you don’t like something, change it– don’t wait, make the change now. I’m preaching to the choir, and it’s much easier said than done– I know. With a new year in motion, there is change. Change will be happening all around. This year in addition to my regulation monthly resolutions list, I figured I would jump on the bandwagon of new year’s resolutions after reading an article. I hope you enjoy the combined list below.

From an article from Elite Daily I read an article entailed: 25 New Year’s Resolutions Every Person Should Actually Make For 2014. I am going to take a few of the ones that are listed from the article, but I am going to subtract and add my own. Over all I think it is an awesome list and you should check out both. Here’s to a great 2014. Best of luck in all your resolutions this year.

New Year’s Eve is often seen as a time of rebirth, the chance to start anew. We all come up with the regular resolutions for the upcoming year (losing weight, seeing family more often and/or falling in love ), but often our ideas of what should change are too broad. This New Year’s Eve, we should all vow to take a closer look into our lives and make decisions about ourselves then. These are the 25 New Year’s resolutions every person should make:

1.Stop posting negative sh*t about celebrities on social media. Miley Cyrus does not care what you think about her haircut, Justin Bieber does not care what you think of his tattoos and Gwyneth Paltrow couldn’t care less regarding what you think about her diet.

2. Stop resenting yourself for drunk texting your ex. Sure, its a little embarrassing, but at least you’re addressing your feelings. Not that you should aim to drink an entire bottle of rum then see what happens, but… roll with the punches.

3. Leave the country. If you don’t have money, look into doing charity work abroad. Some programs will sponsor you.

4. If you hate your job, quit your job. Repeat after me: THE MONEY IS NOT WORTH IT. Food and shelter are clutch though, so make sure you have another job lined up.

5. Stop beating yourself up for skipping the gym on days you truly didn’t have time. But also, stop skipping the gym on days you had plenty of time to go.

6. Make up — not to be confused with make out — with an ex.

7. Rid yourself of enemies. Apologize for what you did wrong and forgive those who have wronged you. AND rid yourself of “frenemies.” Don’t spend 2014 surrounded by people you secretly despise.

8. Unplug, don’t like technology run your life. When you are with your friends and family truly value and enjoy that time you are spending with them– leave your phone elsewhere.

9. If you think somebody is cute, say “hi” and introduce yourself. Every relationship you have ever had started with a greeting.

10. This one is simple– eat fresher. Make sure the things you are consuming are fresh. Have a colorful plate.

11. Stop caring about how many people “like” your Instagram photos. If you like the photo enough to post it, what else matters? Social media anxiety is a waste of time.

12. Cross something off your bucket list. Sky dive, bungee jump, scuba dive, etc. Don’t make excuses as to why you can’t accomplish something, and check out

13.  Take up a new hobby! Learn how to make peanut butter, knit, take up running. I don’t care what it is, but make sure it’s something you enjoy. You might have to try a few things before you find one you really like.

14. Keep a journal. It doesn’t have to be something you use daily, but documenting your experiences is incredibly important. You’ll appreciate it later.

15. Strengthen relationships with family members. Blood is thicker than water.

16. Help strangers. “Pay it forward,” do good things for the world — and don’t post a Facebook status about it.

17. Conquer a fear.

19. Don’t check your Twitter feed when you’re with friends.

20. Politeness goes along way. When you are feeling glum, it’s always nice to have a cheerful face around. Make sure to greet everyone in your office. Be polite and say hello.

21. Double-text without fear. THOU SHALL NOT BE IGNORED!

22. Find one awesome piece of artwork. Maybe it’s your own? Whatever this awesome art is, make sure to display it

23. Cry. When you’re happy and when you’re sad; embrace your emotions as they come.

24. Stop being so shallow. Next time you find yourself judging someone based on his or her appearance, imagine the person standing in front of you saying, “I’m beautiful.” You’ll start to believe it.

25. Conversations. Make and have conversations. Make it a point to call people rather than text and email them. It’s important to have this type of interaction and I am sure your parents (family and friends) will love to hear from you.