Talking New Year’s Resolutions

I’m not one for setting New Year’s resolutions. I do love the idea of setting goals and eventually getting to check them off, but I just normally don’t set any real “resolutions.” Maybe it’s the pressure of everyone asking “What’s your resolution?” Or maybe it’s just a little spark of rebellion (lol, just kidding).

But this year I decided to set one small, just-for-fun resolution: I wanted to learn a new skill. And I’m so excited about the goal I’ve picked!

This year, I’m going to learn how to play the ukelele.

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I’m not a musically gifted person. True, I played piano a little as a kid. And I’ve always loved singing – I took choir through middle school and part of high school, and drove my parents crazy as a child because I was always singing. Even now, I find myself filling quiet space with song. I don’t even realize I’m singing, until someone tells me to be quiet. So I thought the ukulele would be a natural choice – something I could strum and sing at the same time. Plus, it seems like a relaxing hobby that would be just for me to enjoy.

So I bought a ukulele online after reading a few reviews, and I’ve had it about 2 weeks now. I’ve been playing almost every day for about an hour, and I’ve improved SO SO much already. I’m still not good, but I really enjoy it, and I notice significant improvements every time I play. As a perfectionist, it’s easy to get caught up in the imperfections in my playing, but I’m trying to be more kind and mindful that it’s ok to be imperfect every once in a while. My brother, an amazing musician, told me his mantra with music: “You have to be ok with being terrible all the time.” As he explained it, you’ll never really feel “good.” And that’s ok! For me, the ukulele is about peace and finding another method of expression and relaxation. And that feels like a really good thing.

What are your goals or resolutions for the year?


Life Update: Happy New Year

You guys! It’s been so long. I don’t have any good excuse, only that it’s been a busy whirlwind couple of months. I wanted to share a quick update on my life, and also to wish you all a Happy New Year! Can you believe 2018 is here? I have lots of hopes and goals for this year, and I’m really looking forward to get back into blogging in the new year.

I’ve been getting back into hiking the past couple of months, and it feels so good. A few weeks back, I was hiking with a friend in the redwoods and it was right in the middle of the ladybug migration season. How cool is that? There were literally thousands in clumps all over the trail.

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I flew back to Colorado for 3 days over Christmas to see my family and it was really nice. It was a short trip but it was great to spend some quality time with them. Now that I live in California, I don’t get to see my family that often and it’s just nice to be in the same room. My cat was…ignoring me pretty much the whole weekend. But that’s how cats are, isn’t it? My parents were babysitting a dog, and he was the sweetest dog ever — a total snuggle baby.

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This December, I tried to do as many holiday-themed activities as possible. Some of my friends got together for a gingerbread house competition, and it was so much fun. We couldn’t pick a winner, because they all turned out so good. Everybody got really into the details and we all got so competitive, it was such a fun thing to do with friends!

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I’ve been doing some little art projects lately, and one of my friends thought of this brilliant idea to hang paper airplanes from the ceiling over the bed. I love it so much, it’s one of the most fun room decorations I’ve ever had. It’s very comforting to wake up and see colorful planes having over you.

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I also took a stab at making my first Christmas ornament this year: a pineapple out of felt. I made it for a friend, and it took me probably 5 hours to do it, but I love the way it turned out! I might write a tutorial for the pineapple, if you guys are interested. I know it’s past Christmas, but I think this could be cute at parties or baby showers or summer bbq’s, too. (:

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I hope you all had a great holiday season, and Happy New Year! Anybody have a resolution this year? I’d love to hear what your goals are for the year.