Happy New Year!

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I’m not sure where the quote above is from, but I found it on Pinterest and it seemed applicable to 2013. Personally, I had a wonderful year and have so much for which to be thankful.

I had the opportunity to see a little bit more of the world and I spent more time than in year’s past with friends and family members thanks to more visits to Chicago or my husband and I visiting others. It’s hard to make new friends as an adult, but I made a few new friends this year and for that I feel extremely lucky! 2013 was the year I was healthy, or at least I didn’t spend so much as a day feeling under the weather. I discovered Eat Live Run’s Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs, which has quickly become one of my favorite meals EVER. I ate one of the best meals of my life at Moto here in Chicago and also became obsessed with the doughnuts at Firecakes.

Of course, my biggest accomplishment of 2013 was quitting my day job to work on FantabulouslyFrugal.com full-time. This was a long time in the works and even now, 6 months after taking the plunge, I’m still terrified every day. It is a wonderful thing to work for yourself and do what you love, but there’s no denying that it’s also a little bit scary. I question my decision to leave the security of a regular paycheck pretty regularly, but so far I don’t have any regrets.

I know some people don’t like the idea of setting New Year’s Resolutions, but I always view the first of the year as a reset button (the first of each month and Mondays are smaller reset buttons).

With that in mind, here are the few things I hope to accomplish:

1. The biggest thing, that I’ll expand on shortly, is that Fantabulously Frugal is getting a makeover. A new look, a new name – everything! (I’m also terrified about this but… change is good, right?)

2. Walk across the U.S. – Not literally, but my husband and I just picked up a treadmill and I decided that walking/jogging approximately 2,800 miles is completely doable. (Right…)

3. Run a 5K – I’ve never walked or ran any sort of race and I don’t have dreams of becoming a runner of any sort of repute. I would, however, like to run a 5K once and I’m aiming for the Hot Chocolate 5K on November 2, 2014.

4. Read 52 books – Considering I only read 4 books in 2013, reading 52 in 2014 is incredibly lofty. I’m not saying I’m only going to read good books this year, but I’m going to try my hardest to read a book a week.

5. Floss daily – Every year I set a practical and small life-changing goal. Two years ago I stopped looking at my phone anytime I’m in the car. Last year I gave up coffee. This year I’d like to start a daily flossing regimen because while I’m pretty paranoid about dental health I remember to floss at most once per week. (Gross.)

Ultimately, I just hope to be as happy and healthy in 2014 as I was in 2013. 2013 was a kicking year, but there’s always room for improvement and growth.

Wherever you are, I wish you a very happy 2014. Let’s all make this new year OUR year, shall we?

Happy New Year!


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Lisa Koivu is the founder and editor of ShopGirlDaily.com. She also shares writing and monetization tips for bloggers at OhSheBlogs.com.