Happy New Year!  2014 is going to be a great year.  I’ve heard this several times over the past few days and really believe it as well!

Maybe I feel this way because of how we rang in 2014 – with good friends, good food, and lots of laughter.

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As I mentioned in my staycation post, our friends Roshni and Samir flew down to spend the last few days of 2013 with us.  Roshni and I met our freshman year of college at the University of Georgia and have been best friends ever since.  Vishnu and Samir also met in college (at Georgia Tech) and were friends before Rosh and I came into the picture.  That’s almost 12 years of friendship right there!  It’s so fun spending time with these two because we’ve known each other before we all started dating.  And in just a few short months, we’ll be celebrating at their wedding!  To say that we’re excited is an understatement.

When I asked Rosh and Samir what they wanted to do while in Miami, they said nothing too planned.  They wanted to relax, eat good food, and hang out.  That sounded like the perfect way to spend out time together, so that’s exactly what we did.

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Cupcake time was a must!

We kicked things up for NYE though and went to a lounge (thankfully within walking distance of our apartment).  Robin, Andy and a few other friends joined us as well.

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Overall, it was a really fun night – spectacular views of Miami, a cabana all to ourselves, great music, amazing friends, and an after party that included Cards Against Humanity!

Adios 2013!

On to not setting resolutions…

*Gasp!*  Yes, you read that right.  No resolutions in 2014.  There are several reasons for my decision.  One, I’ve come to realize that as much time as I spend coming up with resolutions, they just don’t stick for me.  Two, I prefer smaller, more actionable goals.  And three, my grand vision is/has always been to be more present and take things day by day.  A huge resolution or two is not going to help me with that.

With that being said, I still have a short list of things that I want to do this year (the type A in me couldn’t resist!).

1. Read a book a month.
2. Meditate for 5-10 minutes every day.
3. Cook at least two Indian dinners every week.
4. Floss every single day – NO EXCUSES!
5. Drink (at least) 60 ounces of water daily.

Hopefully this short list sticks.  So far so good.  Ha!

Well, here’s to a memorable and fabulous 2014!  Make it a great year, people!

By Parita

21 thoughts on “Ringing in 2014 + NOT setting resolutions”
  1. love your dress..I heart stripes, polkas and anything sparkly 🙂 I plan on reading books more frequently, I’d love to share book recommendations. I am currently reading “the happiness project” and really enjoying it. If you are into self-help stuff, this is a great read. Looking forward for what 2014 has in store for all of us (hopefully meet in real life).
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    1. Thanks, D! It was a fun dress to wear.

      I read the Happiness Project last year. Great book! So many little tips and tricks that actually work when implemented.

      I would recommend “The Fault in Our Stars” and “The Husband’s Secret.” Both great books!

  2. I think those lists are definitely achievable! I agree with no resolutions. I feel like they are just setting people up to fail. Maybe it’s because they try to do too much at once, or something else, but it seems no one really keeps them. And I love your dress btw, looks super good on you!
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    1. I agree – resolutions are usually too broad, which doesn’t help the whole accomplishment thing. At least for me! And thanks 🙂

  3. Happy New Year Parita!!! Something feels radically different about 2014. It might sound cliche, but there is a sense that 2014 will be historic year for many people around the world. A time of powerful changes. I miss Miami, so it was great to read your post and be reminded of how much fun one can have in such a delightful place.
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    1. Happy New Year to you too! I agree with you about 2014 – the energy just feels different for some reason. And Miami is an amazing city, especially during this time of the year! 🙂

  4. You guys look great! It is so awesome that both you and your husband both knew the couple before they met each other. Did you introduce them?

    My only resolution (or goal, let’s say) is to do Meatless Monday. I am far from a vegetarian, but would like to reduce my meat intake. Cheers!
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    1. Thanks, Tara! And yes, the friendship the four of us share is pretty awesome. They actually met first and became friends before Vishnu and I did. We just started dating before them. 🙂

  5. […] It goes without saying that Saturday morning was a little slow moving, both because we didn’t make it to bed until past midnight and also because my calves were killing me.  Walking was painful most of the day.  Not quite sure what’s going on.  It’s hard for me to believe that 30 minutes of incline walking on Friday made my calves THAT sore.  Vishnu thinks it’s all related to my lack of post-workout stretching.  He may be right.  Let’s add “stretch after every workout” to my list of New Year’s goals. […]

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