( home. ) : happy 2014! - a reflection on 2013

Happy 2014 from ( eat. see. home. )

Today is the first day of 2014. A new year, a new start for so many of us out there. Now is the time that we make lists of resolutions to better ourselves, both mentally, physically, financially, and so much more. I've never been one to make a list of New Years Resolutions, as I find that anytime is a good time to start making yourself better. It's always good to take a look at yourself. But, this time of year does put me in a bit of a reflective mood, and gets me thinking about how this year is going to be "so much better" than the last.

I've spent some time putting together my reflection on the year, and my hopes and aspirations for the next year. So go ahead and keep reading!

2013 was full of a lot of both good and not so good things. In March the Internet saw the birth of ( eat. see. home. ), as I finally took what I was learning from living on my own for the first time with no Mom or roommates and brought it to you. I've been sharing my explorations in the kitchen, my favorite parts of St. Louis, and so much more. For a long time I had been wondering how I could contribute to the Blogworld, and I had finally figured it out. Being able to share all of my favorite things with a broader audience has been a blast, and I'm looking forward to another year of it.
( eat. see. home. )'s first post .. Spicy Black Bean Chili

2013 also brought along other things, including a new job! After years of being unhappy with my previous employer, I finally took the reins and said "enough!" and sought out something more fit for me. I couldn't be happier with my choice to do so. Being respected in the workplace does wonders for everything else in your life. The sense of purpose returns and the motivation comes back. The feeling? It's nice.

The year also brought a little bit of traveling and exploration and a feeling of wonderlust that has not been fulfilled. I spent a week in Brooklyn visiting the Best Bud, eating wonderful food, laying on the floor of the Guggenheim viewing an amazing James Turrell piece, seeing shows. A vacation that was much needed. I also found time to get into nature more, something I had been wanting to do for so long. Got on a hiking kick that I intend on continuing into the new year. Saw some very beautiful scenes of Missouri, including Falling Into Midwest Beauty.

This past year I found that a lot of growth has happened in a multitude of different ways. Each year I feel like I've become a bit more mature, a bit more like an adult. It's only taken me until 27, but I'm finally starting to come around to grasping the whole "grown up" thing. Scary, huh? 2013 has shown me a lot of maturity and growth on a personal level. After overcoming the too-soon death of a very close friend, I realized how important it is to not take things, or people that you care about, for granted. If people mean something to you, keep them close, it's worth it. Because I know oftentimes as we all get older, it takes A LOT more effort to make time for friends. Make sure you do it though, trust me. It's also important to be there for your friends in times of need. These are life lessons that I've learned this past year and will continue to learn as each year passes.

If the end of 2013 was any indication about how 2014 might shape up to be, I should be in for a pretty good year. This year I continue to focus on making myself a better person, both inside and out. To be involved more in the community. My hometown has so many good things going for it right now, and things are only going to get even better, and I want to be a part of that. In 2014, be on the look out for even more locally driven content, not only in food, but in culture and the arts. These are the areas that I've always been the most passionate about, and with my own motivation coming back and my own creative and artistic juices flowing once more, I'm going to center on them. There's no time like the present to take life for everything that it has and to not take advantage of it.

Here's to a wonderful 2014, and I hope that you'll all stay along for the ride!

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