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Happy New Year! It’s been a long time since I last posted and that’s not for lack of work, news, exciting projects or travels (coming soon). One of my resolutions for 2014 is to blog on a more regular basis. Another is to document each of my surfing sessions with a photo. See above. While I’ve definitely been skeptical about resolutions in the past, I happened to take a moment last year to blog about my goals for the new year. Let’s review and see how they turned out.

Continue to put all my energy into freelance copywriting. I hope to see a surge of business with the new year and can’t wait to get started on some new projects. Check. I did this. It worked out really well. I got to do work with fun companies like Roxy, Nau and Schoolhouse Electric (all very distinct brands doing amazing things), collaborated with some great Portland agencies, including Sasquatch Agency and Sincerely Truman, and helped build a new Portland clothing line’s brand from the ground floor up (hey, Quick Study). So yeah, I would say this was achieved.

Keep a positive attitude. This means saying nice things, focusing on the positive rather than the negative, and being a nicer, more tolerant person in general. Not sure about this one. I would like to say that I did, but it’s not really measurable, is it?

Keep my temper. All year? No. No way. What a ridiculous resolution.

Keep flossing. Yep. Still flossing 4 life.

Stop buying fast fashion because it’s cheap. Pretty much. I can recall an emergency sock purchase over the holidays that allowed me to continue walking in my platforms. But otherwise I’ve stayed away from the Forever 21s and H&Ms of the world.

Buy myself a really nice pair of boots that will last forever. This didn’t happen. My level of prosperity was not on a boot-buying level.

Paint more. Sing more. Go outside more. Dance more. Technically these are all separate resolutions but I’m including them in the same category because they are vague and non-quantifiable. I suppose I did all of these things “more” at some point.

Stop wearing sweatpants all day when I’m working. Absolutely not! I should have never made this resolution.

Make new friends. Yes!

Write more fiction. Does copy count? No. This is where the whole work/life balance thing comes in.

And finally, never eat 711 nachos late at night again. Okay. I would say I achieved this, but I did eat a late-night 711 maple bar in Santa Barbara, so I’m going to say it’s a draw.

How did you do with your 2013 resolutions? Do you have any big goals for the new year?