It’s the new year!

Well, another year has come and gone. 2010 was an incredible blur. I was in a new town, in a new house, at a new job, meeting new people, attending my first conferences.

The days turned into weeks, which turned into months, which succumbed to the end of the year. I started 2010 with a new job, and ended it with a special tattoo (which, ironically, will probably be on fire many times this year. I didn’t think about how many instances of my number would appear this year, but so it shall.)

I haven’t won the lottery yet, I haven’t bought a house, I’m not sure how I feel about my new town (maybe I’d enjoy it if I made more time to go relax by the beach) and life is generally quiet down in Tampa.

I have tons of resolutions for 2011, as do most people, but mine mainly focus on shaking up my life a bit. It’s not very often we realize how little time we have here and actually take advantage of it. We get comfortable. We stop challenging ourselves. We get content in our bubble peering out at the world. We feel like things will always be good as long as we’re comfortable- always afraid to move to the next challenge or step in life.

We let silly fears hinder our future, we worry too much about what other people are doing. We get caught up staring at other people’s lives through a looking glass (or Facebook) and forgetting we need to live our own. We can’t let go of the past, we stop living our present, we can’t see past 3 days in the future.

That’s not a way to live. So my biggest resolution for 2011? Live it. And let it take me where it wants to. Stop caring about other’s opinions and care about the ones that matter to me. Stop hanging on to fragments of other people and places- let them go. Appreciate what I’ve had but stop letting it tangle into who I am now.

Visit new places. Have new favorite spots. Appreciate little things that make me happy and stop getting frightened by the big things.

Happy new year!