Can it really be? Are the holidays already over? Wasn't it just yesterday that we were celebrating Halloween and Target was putting out their trees and stockings? What a whirlwind of a holiday, what a fast and furious few weeks.
I miss it already.
Of course, my family did an excellent job sticking to my list- and I was gifted with everything I could have wanted and more. In the disarray of ripped paper, bows on the floor and tissue flying, it was clear, as always, that what really matters this Christmas and every Christmas is the time I spend with my family, celebrating another year together--happy and healthy.
Christmas was spent with all of the ones I love at my mother's home enjoying La Vigilia and Christmas dinner. Family was all around the table, dogs were running through the house playing with their new toys and sneaking bites underneath said table, and I was content. Wine was flowing, Christmas music was on throughout the house and of course--the age old argument of Democrat versus Republican ensued between my Dad and Uncle.
It was wonderful.
Spot the Democrat. (Hint: It's not the one with actual spots)
The MF reevaluating our relationship because my family is nuts.
To bring in the New Year, I enjoyed a delicious Italian dinner in Little Italy (there is clearly an Italian-holiday theme going on here, right?) Surrounded by best friends, we laughed, drank lots of red wine, broke bread and celebrated another year passed. Then of course... we partied! Hitting up the best bars the East Side has to offer and consuming way too many disgusting Cherry Bombs (I guess I was Kent State nostalgic this New Year?) In true Kelly fashion, I started my New Year off with a healthy-bang consuming McDonald's for breakfast while nursing a bit of a headache.
It was wonderful.
The entire NYE Gang.
I know what you're thinking. What are my resolutions? Well, if you follow the blog then you know I don't resolve to do much. But, last year instead I did a little Peak and Pit sesh to gain inspiration for the year ahead that I would be about to take on full-force.
In 2012, here is where I was...
Moving to Cleveland with my best friend and soul mate.
Moving out of my apartment and dealing with unexpected change as a result.
2013 Update: I am stronger than I ever knew possible because I have the support of a loving, forgiving and beautiful inside and out best friend. You can get through anything with the right people standing behind you.
Enjoying my first promotion.
Losing my favorite, and best coworkers to new adventures. But, Peak-–now they are not coworkers, just friends.
2013 Update: I continue to work away at my attempt to run the World (kidding!) but, unfortunately the loss part is a hazard of the business I have learned. In 2013 I made a great friend, and mentor in my new coworker and have been surrounded by new and interesting teammates that are constantly inspiring me to be better, think smarter, try harder.
Maintaining and growing the friendships that mean the most to me.
Seeing those involved in these friendships go through heartbreak, life tribulations and serious growing pains.
2013 Update: It doesn't get easier. Your 20s are hard. There is so much change, instability. But, it's also the best time of my life and I am enjoying the 10 years spent in my 20s with friendships that I wouldn't trade a Louis Vuitton for.
Starting my graduate education.
John Carroll University.
2013 Update: If you don't like it, change it. I'm finishing my graduate education at Kent State. What's that saying, you can keep the girl out of Kent but you can't keep the Flash out of the girl?
Enjoying seriously big life moments with my family. Birthdays, first houses, first puppies, anniversaries…
Still missing my sister too far away in Cincinnati each day to enjoy little life moments, like a coffee at Starbucks or a manicure at lunch.
2013 Update: We had some very big moments this year. Scary moments. Exciting moments. Sad moments. But, no matter the miles-- when the time came to be together as a family- we were. There is strength in numbers.
Learning to say “Yes”. To anything. Skiing? Road Trip? Philanthropy? In 2012, I was your girl.
Learning I have limits. I’d like to not admit it but, it’s true. Sometimes I said too many “Yeses”…
2013 Update: Saying "Yes" to everything ensures a full, and fun life. I don't plan to stop that any time soon. But, prioritizing is an absolute necessity and I've learned I can do anything but not everything.
By far, my best Peak and Pit of 2012 are as follows…
Peak, learning that I might as well be made of glass. I feel every last punch thrown, every bruise, every scratch. I feel it. I am human. And all of that? It’s OK. It’s OK to hurt, or fall, or cry, or get angry. With each year comes new challenges, new tribulations, and I will feel them all to my core. It doesn’t bounce off of me, I am not as tough as I once thought– and I’m OK with it.
Pit, recognizing the life doesn’t stop for anyone. Each year brings new losses of those who are near and dear to me. So, hug and love and kiss and talk. Every day. Too much. Time isn’t infinite.
2013 Update: It's not easy to be completely comfortable with who you are, what you feel, how you react. But, I am continuously working on it and trying to improve myself every single day. And life doesn't stop. The losses continue and all we can do is ensure we've made the most of all of the moments we are given with the people we love.
So, no resolutions-- just my learnings from last year- hoping to help make me a better version of myself in 2014.
Happy 2014 everyone. Cheers!