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As I mentioned in my last post, I was off gallivanting in New Orleans for Mardi Gras last week. Prior to the trip, I had never been to the South -the farthest south I had been was northern Virginia, which apparently didn’t count -but Nola was a great introduction. The architecture was beautiful, the people …

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That Teddy Roosevelt sure was a smart one. This quote is for all the warriors out there, no matter what or where your arena may be. As for the rest of you, don’t just stand by while life passes you by, enter the arena -worst case scenario you'll fail while daring greatly.

Ever wake up feeling like the world sucks for absolutely no reason? Well that was me this morning. I fully intended to grump (yes I used it as a verb) my way through the day, and avoid any and all human contact. I skipped out on a work meeting and had my headphones in with the volume on my phone turned all the up; basically telling my fellow co-workers “do not disturb”. And yet despite this, as I was walking down the hall, a co-worker motioned for me to take my headphones out of my ears. Annoyed, but wanting to avoid being rude, I begrudgingly took one out. He asked me if I had heard a song by, and I quote, “the guy with the big hat at the Grammy’s” about being happy; I told him that I had not. It seems he heard it on the radio and had thought of me. 5 minutes later after this interaction, I received an email from him with the link to the song and it was titled “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. I clicked on the link and proceeded to listen to the song on repeat for the next half an hour. I don’t know if any of you have heard it, but if not, you should go check it out right now. I dare you to stay in a bad mood after listening to it and/or watching the music video. Just goes to show that if you let it, anyone, or thing, can turn your frown upside down!

As a repeat offender of letting new year’s resolutions fall to the wayside, I’ve decided to try something new this year-making changes and setting goals throughout the year. For the past 22 (soon to be 23!) years, I, like most people, have waited until the ringing of the new year to promise an array of things to myself- from getting more exercise, to being more honest, giving, compassionate etc. While I’ve had varying levels of success over the years, I’ve found that my results left something to be desired. So I’ve decided to make, not resolutions but, changes throughout the year. First order of business…trying new things! Enter this blog. I plan on documenting 2014 here -the highs, lows and everything in between -and can only hope that by the end of the year I’ll have learned something about myself. So here’s to YOLO-ing, carpe diem-ing, Hakuna Matata-ing and any other platitudes about taking risks!