Sunday, January 20, 2013

Know When to Walk Away, Know When to Run

I can't think of a time when I have ever regretted quitting something. I have quit quite a few things in my life and I don't look back on any of them and think "Man, I wish I'd stuck with that."

I've quit tee-ball, figure skating, gymnastics, dance classes, cheerleading, and playing the flute. I quit a job at a clothing store. I dropped multiple classes in college. I've quit diets, exercise programs and activity groups. I climbed almost to the top of a mountain once, then, with the peak in sight, decided I'd had enough.

People always make such a big deal about quitting something. "Don't quit," they tell you, "you'll only regret it." Or, "What a quitter! I can't believe you!" But I don't think there's anything wrong with it. Why continue doing something you don't like? Something that isn't making you happy, or leaving you with a sense of fulfillment?

It didn't matter to me if I made it to the top of that damn mountain or not. It still doesn't bother me now. I despised figure skating. I had no qualms about leaving that behind. Quitting isn't a sign of weakness, it's a sign of being in tune with who you are and what you want.

Of course, there are some major things that can't be quit so easily. They might require planning and strategizing. People might be relying on you not to quit. Sometimes you have to stick things out even though you really don't want to. As we get older, life becomes more and more filled with things we have to do, even though we don't want to. That's why I think it's so important to get rid of the things we can. The annoyances, the chores, the drudgery.

It's something I've been thinking about a lot lately. What can stay in my life, what can go. What I want more of, what I want less of. The conclusion I've come to is that sometimes it's okay to be a quitter.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Winter of Me

So this needs to be addressed on here in order for this blog to progress as I want it to, so I'm just going to come right out and say it: Boyfriend and I are no more. We broke up. After eleven years together we found ourselves headed in completely different directions and it made more sense for us to go our separate ways.

I painstakingly edited this photo. I am calling it "THE SADNESS". Ironically taken at the Happiest Place on Earth.

Yes, it is very sad and upsetting. No, it is not the end of the world, or the end of my life. I am also hopeful I won't become a spinster. The jury is still out on that one.

Boyfriend and I are still friendly, for which I am extremely grateful. Being together as long as we had been, it would have been much more difficult, I think, if we had had an angry and awful breakup. I am glad that isn't the case.

It's been a few months since we broke up, and when it first happened I was adamant that I would take this time for myself and really focus on who I am, who I want to become, and all the goals I hope to accomplish. Not that he was ever holding me back from any of those things, but I'm sure you'll agree that doing things on one's own can sometimes be so much easier. So, I vowed to make this winter the Winter of Me.

I'm focusing on becoming the best possible version of myself. I don't plan on accomplishing this in one season, but I'd like to get a solid start in the right direction. Health, fitness, finances, home - all of those things are getting some small tweaks or a major overhaul. 

I plan on documenting my journey through the Winter of Me here on ye old blog, and I'm pretty excited to document all the ridiculous things I'm sure I'll be up to. While I'm sad this chapter of my life has come to an end, I'm super excited for a new one to begin.

Happy 2013 everyone!

xx, Katrina

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Resolutions

Like most people in the world, I can't help but see a new year as a chance for a clean slate. A fresh start. Three hundred and sixty five blank pages of days where anything could happen. Since 13 is my lucky number, 2013 can only hold magical and amazing things for me, right? I think so.

In an effort to make 2013 my best year yet, I've compiled this year's resolutions. I didn't do too badly at my resolutions from last year, so hopefully I'll do even better in 2013 (I totally will).

Run three 5ks
For real this time, reach my goal weight/feel my healthiest
Finish writing a novel
Buy my first place
Stick to a budget/spend more mindfully

There are admittedly some repeat offenders on this list, but hey, practice makes perfect, right?

Okay, now it's your turn! Did you make any resolutions this year? Link up in the comments, I'd love to read them!


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