2014.

Tomorrow is the last day of 2013. I have to say, this is bittersweet for me.

I’m looking forward to 2014 — a new year, with the number that I wore on my back throughout my combative sports-playing high school years. My softball coach still refers to me as “her #14”. This has to be a sign of prosperity and certainty for me.

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And as always, the thoughts flutter throughout my mind as this year comes to an end. New Year’s Resolution.

Give up cookies? Eat less fried foods? Write on my blog everyday?

No. No. No.

Resolutions are strong-willed determinations that keep you busy for the first couple of days, only to see yourself crash within a week. Resolutions need to be meaningful and worthwhile; and giving up cookies, for me, is not that.

New Year’s Resolutions, in my mind, play a role that no other determination should — a role to make you a better person, a role to help others to see a paragon in you.

So, hold doors open for others. Offer to carry their groceries, especially if you see them struggling already.

Less hate, more love. Less frowning, more smiling. Remember, 2014 only happens once.

Don’t text at the dinner table. If you have to, turn your phone off. Moments are remembered. A tweet that took you five seconds to read from someone that you have not spoken to in two years is not.

Believe more. Take a leap of faith and just believe. Doubt has a tendency to fill up our minds and cause us to miss out on situations that shouldn’t be missed out on.

Don’t worry about what others think. This can be a tough one. We all fret over what others believe us to be. In all honesty, people are going to talk about you. Just let it be.

“You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” -Dita Von Teese

Say “I love you” more. Don’t hang up the phone with your parents without saying it. We are too busy caught up in our own world and agonizing over the thought of us getting older that we forget our parents are getting older, too.

Get out. Some days it is nice to curl up with a good book while on others, we need to get fresh air. Ride a bike. Throw a baseball. Go for a run. Nature is God’s painting, so we might as well enjoy it while we can.

And if you don’t remember any of these resolutions, just remember these two little words to help guide you through 2014: be happy. Life isn’t meant to be lived being soled up and ungrateful. Smile your smile no matter what comes at you. Bad grade? There’s more exams to come. Argument? Laughter will come soon after. The person who laughs in a difficult situation is the one who lives a more beautiful life.

Have a happy New Year, and an even happier 2014!

xoxo,

kodi.

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