Hello, 2014. It’s so very good to see you!

Christmas, New Year, living room, windows, home, Sara Hamil, They Call it Gumption
Candice helped me take down all of my Christmas decorations this morning. Never my favourite thing to do but it’s a great way to clean the slate for the New Year.

Last night was a blast – a bunch of friends and I went out for dinner before retiring to my place for a casual get-together. I made everyone write down two things: What, for them, was the best part of 2013 and what they were hoping for in 2014. Sure, it’s a bit hokey but everyone went along with it and in the end the anonymous answers were all really quite sweet and charming. People had a better year than I think they originally thought and it sounds like everyone has a lot to look forward to. I thought it was a great way to toast the passing year and get excited for the next one. We read them after sipping some bubbly at the stroke of midnight and it was great 🙂

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about 2014 and trying to figure out my New Years Resolutions (if you’re a long time reader then you already know how seriously I take New Years). Every year is different but generally the gist of how I like to operate is to assign a theme to govern the year and then maybe come up with a list of more specific resolutions to follow (The trend I’m noticing this year among friends, family and Twitter followers is that most people apparently usually come up with one resolution but are opting to forgo it this year in favour of a “2014 bucket list” instead. I can never bring myself to be quite that specific).

Do you know the song “I Believe in Father Christmas” by Greg Lake? I always hated that song growing up because, to me, it didn’t feel like a Christmas song. It’s grown on me as I’ve gotten older but even when I didn’t like it there was still one line of it that stood out to me:

I wish you a hopeful Christmas
I wish you a brave new year

There has just always been something about the words hopeful and brave being used to describe the holiday season and the upcoming year that just sat right with me. This time around though they felt more than right; they felt perfect. I chose to be hopeful all throughout the holidays and wound up having one the the nicest Christmases I’ve had in a while.

So I’ve decided that for 2014 the theme will be bravery.

I choose to be brave this year. In 2014 I want to start doing the things I’ve been nervous to do or start in the past for one reason or another. I want to try new things, especially things that scare me. I want to push forward and shake off the safety of an otherwise comfortable existence. I want this to be the year that I finally create the life for myself I’ve always wanted but was just too timid to go after.

As for specific resolutions, many of them remain the same. I want to focus on personal and professional development this year and I’m going to start with an honest to goodness attempt at learning French. (Third time’s the charm, right?) I want to continue with kick boxing and get back into running but I also want to try new ways of challenging myself physically. I’m going to set a specific financial savings goal for myself (which is scary because once I have a number in mind it makes it harder for me to come up with excuses) and just generally curb my overall spending for the year. (I’m officially 14 months away from being debt free!) I want to travel this year, I want to meet new people and, heck, I even want this to be the year that I finally complete the 50 Book Pledge.

So here’s to a brave new year, not just for me but to you too, dear reader. I hope that, whatever your resolutions may be, 2014 is a year of possibilities and amazing endeavors. May this be your best year yet!

Have you made any resolutions for 2014? Share them with me in the comments section!