Hello lovelies! How is 2014 treating you so far? I was swamped at home and at work after almost a 2 week absence, but the break was so so worth it. The bad part is that it always takes me a bit of time to get back into a routine after my G leaves. I think I get the blues. :( But let's move on from that...I have been meaning to write this post for a while, and even started drafting it, but somehow time just got away from me. But hey, it is never too late to share your New Year's resolutions and celebrations.
Image courtesy of From Russia with Love
I spent my time in a traditional Russian celebration, at my parents' house surrounded by family and friends. Once we ring in the New Year and countdown to 2014, we depart to meet up with friends and party on through dawn. I didn't get home until 7am. 7am!!! In Russian culture, New Year's is the equivalent of Christmas, in the sense that this is the day that Santa Clause and his granddaughter, Snegurochka, visit everyone's houses and leave presents. Christmas in Russia is a purely religious holiday that happens on January 7th, because it follows the old Gregorian calendar. (Just in case you ever go on Jeopardy and this is a question. haha)
I wore this simple outfit to the festivities. I do not have much clothes left in Brooklyn, and I had to kind of work with what I had but I think it worked out nicely. Especially with the gorgeous silky pants my mom gave me. :) I would have been totally lost if it wasn't for these babies.
On my long train ride back to DC, I started to think of my New Year's resolutions. This year I want to focus on mind AND body, and not just body as I usually plan on (although that never works anyway). In no particular order, this is what I came up with.
1. Establish and keep to a mind and body routine with meditation and yoga.
2. Read more.
3. Start to journal, which will also help with the mind routine.
4. Keep in better contact with my friends and family.
5. Stop judging others. Everyone has their own thoughts and experiences which might explain their behavior, and by judging them you will never know what they are going through.
6. Be more organized and stop procrastinating so much.
7. Keep more of a cleaning routine at home. Not to be gross, but sometimes I go way to long between vacuuming.
8. Spend more time outside. It is so relaxing to walk around in a park, regardless of whether its cold or warm.
9. Take more baths (again for the mind relaxation part).
How did you all spend your New Year's? Do you have any traditions with your family? Do you have any resolutions that you are trying out this year? I love reading other people's resolutions, as it gives me ideas for mine, so please share!!
Until next time.