Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!  The new year, for me at least, always brings thoughts of improvements, goals, resolutions, and dreams.  I was thinking about last year and the “resolutions” I made.   The usual: eat better, exercise, pay off a college loan.  For the most part, I did really well.. It’s so hard to finish strong with the eating better and exercise though, isn’t it?  With holiday parties, feasts, baked goods, chocolate, and drinks it’s so easy to not just fall off the wagon but to excitedly jump off and run drooling towards the dessert table.

Annie and Jer DC

2014 was a great year.  We got to explore Costa Rica, spend time with family in Washington, check out Philadelphia, and wander aimlessly around Charleston, which I am so thankful to call my home.  So, I feel selfish to admit that in 2015, I want to do more.  Not necessarily in quantity, but in exploring somewhere different.   One of my favorite quotes is by Carson McCullers:  “We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange.  As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.”  For myself, this quote holds so true.  I feel drawn to places I have never been, a pulling on my conscience  and my heart to see something new and to experience things that I do not understand.

This year, I implore myself and you to not let your resolutions fall through the cracks.  Whether it’s to exercise more, pay off your car, visit Europe, or to simply spend more time with your family–make a plan and make it happen.  No more excuses, life is too short for excuses.  Sometimes getting what you want requires sacrifice.  Pick something from your bucket list and make it happen, or at least work towards it.  Maybe it’s something small, like starting a blog, or maybe it’s something really big like going on an African Safari.

Maybe your resolution will be to have half of the money saved that you need to go visit somewhere amazing, or to pay off 10% of your mortgage.  Resolutions should be achievable, otherwise they are just depressing.

Don’t let your life pass you by.  So often I  feel myself sitting and waiting for something extraordinary to just happen to me, when the truth is, it is happening now.  Every breath, every moment is a gift, and it is up to me to make the most of it.  I must remember: I’m not waiting for my story to start; my story is not just beginning; my story is already in full swing.  I need to remember that always, and make the most of each day that is given to me.

Lou Dog
Happy New Year from Lou Dog!

Here’s to a fantastic 2015!




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