Happy New Year!

I would be lying if I said I wasn't a huge sucker for New Year's Resolutions, although I strongly believe that you can "restart" your year & goal cycle whenever you need. I also just realized that my first blog post on this website was about making resolutions in August, so that proves my point. I tend to make giant lists of things I won't ever be able to achieve in one year, and this was proven by reviewing my resolutions from last year.... Which is why I decided to limit myself to ten resolutions for 2017.

1. Record an album with Kinesics.

I am so damn excited about this project. I have so much respect and love for the people I'm working with, and I can't wait to see how things turn out. I think it's been so important for me to be flexible and learn throughout this entire process, especially because I'm the only person in this group who hasn't really played with a band before. 

2. Keep up with monthly video blogs.

Seriously. I don't know why I've had such a hard time with this in the past year. I love having the videos and looking back on them, and I have so many opportunities to film everyone and everything around me... So I need to just do them, honestly.

3. Embrace health by being vegan and going to the gym at our apartment complex 4x/week. 

I think another important part of this particular resolution is to make sure my money reflects this transition. Most of my spending is on food, so instead of buying food, I should buy groceries and work on meal prep. Instead of buying a gym membership, I should use what is available to me. I'm 10 days into being vegan, and it's been a much smoother transition than I anticipated. I think a lot of this has to do with Jason being so supportive and essentially willing to eat anything I make for him. We bought a cookbook called Thug Kitchen, and it's incredible. I can't believe I had never heard of it before. Hilarious and delicious. I've also been so blown away by all the support I've received from people I don't even know. Friends of friends who are emailing me recipes and blogs and grocery lists. I mean, even my cashier at Trader Joe's asked if I was vegan and then proceeded to write out a couple easy recipes on the back of my receipt. It always astounds me how much people are willing to help complete strangers with something they have struggled through. 

4. Be more politically active in my community. 

This is a big one, especially with the political climate right now. I have so many people in my life who also function as wonderful resources to keep me informed on things going on that I can be involved with, events, fundraisers, contact information for senators, etc. I'm probably going to focus mostly on social issues for now, and will maintain involvement in Girls Rock Denver, CU Denver's Social Justice League, and the Sierra Club. I'm excited to learn more and to try and get others involved as well.

5. Learn more. 

This goes with my #4 in the sense that I'm not going to be much help if I'm not educated. The easiest way for me to do that efficiently, right now, is to listen to podcasts in my car. So I'm doing that, thanks to almost a hundred awesome suggestions from my friends. I'm also going to be more present in school, especially since this is my last semester. I'm on the lookout for free classes and other ways to learn, and will do my best to attend as many as possible.

6. Explore Colorado more. Hike at least 25 times this year.

This is piggybacking off a resolution from last year that Jason and I actually did really well with, so we're doubling the numbers. We're going to try and hike every Sunday, or whatever day off we have in common, and bring friends. And then, we're going to ~try~ to end the "season" with a 14er, which should be interesting. I'm a little nervous, but I think it'll be good. 

7. Go to Michigan and travel more.

I traveled more last year than I ever have before, and I'm excited to do even more of that this year. I absolutely know I want to go to Michigan, because I haven't been there in almost two years, and I'd also like to go to California for my good friend's graduation. Other than that, the world is wide open. Maybe I'll even leave the country.

8. Keep my space clean and embrace minimalism.

This is hard as well, just because of how much -stuff- being a musician requires. But we've made so much progress in the past month, and it's been helping the moving process immensely. This resolution combined with #3 is why I didn't feel the need to make a financial resolution, although it's definitely a focus. I'm not going to buy anything else that doesn't add value to my life on a long-term basis. If anyone reading this (hi mom) hasn't watched the documentary Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, I highly recommend it. Although it made me feel pretty guilty about the IKEA trip we made the day before.

9. Go on monthly book dates with Jason.

We did our first of these on January 1st, and I picked out a book called Infinite Home by Kathleen Alcott. And so far, I absolutely love it. Each short chapter is from a different character's perspective, and they're all strange and relatable and poetic. We're going to head over to Tattered Cover on the first of every month, and I'm happy to have some stability with that process. I'm also happy our apartment is in the parking lot of a light rail station, because the train gives me approximately an hour to read a couple times a week. 

10. Graduate. And get a job, or whatever.

I can't believe this is my last semester of college. It feels unreal. I applied for graduation, and I'm attending a meeting about a potential salaried job, and that's terrifying and exciting and wonderful. I can't wait for everything to come, and I can't wait to (maybe) have a little bit more free time.