RECAP: 2014 New Year Resolutions

It’s here. The day of reckoning. How did I do with my long list of 2014 resolutions? I’m very nervous to look over this list as with all of the changes that happened this year, I lost track of how I was doing. Moment of truth.


Digital Resolutions:
X  Figure out how to update computer in a cost effective way. I added memory and made more space. Baby steps, but in 2015 I’ll have a new computer and all will be better.
X Find a solution to a music hard drive, a work hard drive, a photo hard drive, and use bridge to organize it all AKA Digital Organization. I’m going to give myself this one, as I cleared out a lot of space and came up with a better organization system for my photos.

“Working toward my Future” Goals:
X Can my passion become my job? YES! I made it happen! 2015 will be the year of making that business grow. Yay small business!
X Keep building! Keep my skills growing. I made so many pieces in 2014.
X Develop my art shop website and launch it. Check out!
X Work on my networking skills. Ive got a good plan to help grow business in 2015.
X I’ve wanted a property for years and it’s time I crate a plan to make it real. How much more money do I need? While I can’t buy property right now, I have a plan in place. I also learned a lot more in 2014 about purchasing property and the process. My friend Patty does free seminars in Los Angeles. Email me if you’re interested!
X Create “dream” renovations via pinterest and then break down what that will cost by room (aka bathroom, kitchen, living space) knowing that it will change by the location. Still need to do that cost portion of this, but at least now I know what I want.
X Practice what you want to do by finding a house on zillow and draw out + illustrate the changes you would make to it and try to attach numbers to those changes. It’ll be a great exercise. I did this in photoshop, and recommend this activity for anyone interested in renovating real estate.
X Figure out how to make buying a property and also developing my own business a reality. 🙂 I’m currently making this happen.

Design Goals:
X Build a console table
X Make a headboard
O Design 2 bedside light fixtures for myself (but also to sell). Made these but didn’t install them because of my move. You’ll see them in 2015.
X Redo my bathroom to be more in the “Spa lifestyle”.

Exercise Goals:
O Fit into my 2012 jeans! Ive decided to burn those jeans lol. I lost weight in Africa, but I’m sure I just gained it back over the holidays. Cheeeeese.
X Buy a juicer! and use it!
X Running- you hate it, but you must Ran 5ks and even a 10k! Thanks for the push Amber!

Money Goals:
X Pay off my 4.8% interest student loans in 2014. DID IT!!
O Finish paying off all my student loans? I’m so close, but I decided not to pay it all off yet to put that money towards starting my business.

Reading/Mental Goals:
O Read my Susie Orman Book. I still need to do this!
O Become more active in book club
O Even read books outside of book club
O Read my blogging and starting a business books
X Do more Rosetta Stone. I did this but need to do more. Clearly I failed at my reading goals for 2014. I’ll have to focus on this in 2015.

Social Goals:
O Volunteer!
X Play more dodgeball Did this! Played in all the seasons I could. And I actually got pretty ok at it. Less hits to the head.
X Go to even more comedy shows. I’m already finding comedy spots in CT, so 2015 should also have some comedy.
O Use my trapeze coupon

Personality Goals:
O Be more patient This needs to be on my 2015 resolution list, for sure.
X Don’t be a stick in the mud. I think I was stick-in-the-mud-less in 2014.

“Upping my Skills” Goals:
O Take at least one woodworking class. This will happen in 2015.
X Take an Illustrator 2 Class. Did it!
O Take a Sketch-up Class. I changed my goals, and decided not to spend the time doing this.

California Goals:
X Visit places I ddn’t get to in 2013 (Reagan Presidential library) Loved it!
X Revisit that Palos Verdes Beach with all the animals! I went at least twice in 2014.
O Visit Wolf Mountain? Did get there, as it’s far away.
O Elmers Bottle Tree Ranch?
X Gamble House Tour (Pasadena). Thanks to Amber I did this in the last week before I left.
X Take a weekend trip north? I did a 2 week trip north! It was awesome. Plus Erica and I did a weekend beach camping trip north too.
X Weekend trip in Palm Springs. Kelly’s bachelorette weekend happened in Palm Springs.
O Visit Salvation Mountain
X San Fran? Or a road trip north? Yup, and it was super fun! We visited so many places.

O BLOG MORE- be more active in the blogging community. Fail. I promise in 2015 Ill be better.
X Keep making/updating/editing my vision board. Im always working on that.
X Grow a PAIR! I grew such a pair! My horoscope said that I would rock the second half of 2014, and boy was she right. I kicked Kilimanjaro’s ass, went on a safari in the Serengeti, did a camping road trip north, drove cross country alone, went to so many national parks, moved to a new city, and made a huge career shift. 2014 was a year of kicking ass.

I actually crossed off a lot more than I thought I’d be able to. Wow, it really has been a big year. Some of these goals will definitely be shifting over to my 2015 resolution list. Speaking of that list, expect it here tomorrow. Tomorrow’s a new day, new experiences ahead! Cheers to a fabulous 2014, and cheers to adventures to come in 2015!

Chinese New Year(s Eve)!

Get ready for a ton of pictures, because the best way to describe the celebration is with images. Although, due to the religious nature of the event, and it taking place in a temple, I couldn’t get the best angles or close ups I would have liked (as I didn’t want to be obnoxious). But lets start at the beginning, where my good friends, Lindsey and Michelle, and I had Tibetan food at the Tibet Nepal House in Pasadena. It was my first time having Tibetan food and it was pretty good. They had several veggie options and we ended up getting several plates and serving ourselves family style.

You can tell by all our empty plates that we loved it. Plus the plates weren’t huge so we could order several and try several different things. I liked the shrimp in coconut milk… yum.

After dinner, Lindsey and I continued on to Chinatown to visit the Chuan Thien Hau Temple as their festivities were beginning.

There was tons of incense burning and tables full of offerings of oranges and cabbage. The smokey air made for great ambiance, but Ill admit I reeked by the end of end of the night and my allergies were going nuts.

The temple was so beautiful. I’ve walked around the area before, but never really saw the inside all lit up. It was all so ornate.

I just wish I knew the significance of it all! While people watching, I could pick-up on certain repeated activities that people were doing, but couldn’t understand why.

Even their exterior columns are ornate.

Around 10:30 festivities were beginning in the street in front of the temple. We got a spot out front and waited while they were setting up for the fire crackers to go off. In the meantime the performers were warming up and these adorable little boys were warming themselves with a heat lamp.

Once the pyrotechnics were set-up, important members of the community came out to light the long strings of fire crackers. The actual blowing up of the fire crackers was cool in person, but lame in photos. All the photos I have just show a blur of smoke and the photos don’t sell that sound that you are hearing when 100’s of fire crackers go off at a steady pace for 5 minutes.

Once the firecrackers were done, the performers came out and begin doing their dragon dance. Two people made up each dragon (a head and a tail) and there were 4 dragons as part of this dance. They were full of energy with their giant dragon heads.

At one point they all ran up a trail into the temple where they continued their dance. People were saying it’s good luck to touch the dragon as it runs around the temple. So as soon as the dragons ran in the temple, everyone chased after them.

Here you can see everyone trying to touch the dragon.

Once the dragons ran back out in front of the temple, the rest of the performers joined in showing off their skills. It was at this point that Lindsey and I needed to hit the road, as we both had to get up early for work in a few hours.

As we walked away I got this last shot, which I really liked. Other friends at the event told us that after we left there was more dragon dancing and another round of firecrackers. I highly recommend this event, and you better not miss their 2013 New Years Eve.