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IMG_5153Today's my birthday! It's been quite the year—I graduated college, got my first big-girl job, and started this blog. A lot of amazing things happened, and some less fun things happened, too. I lost some friends and made some great new ones. I learned so much about myself and grew up A LOT. I think 21 was the year of purging and cleansing myself of all negativity, and 22 will be my year to focus on myself and grow even more.

Here are 22 thoughts on and goals for the upcoming year:

1. Being a grownup is fun so far. I'm pretty into it.

2. I can cook. Thanks for raising me in the kitchen, Mom (and Dad).

3. Netflix, wine, and air-popped popcorn is much more fun than going out to some sweaty bar. Hands. Down.

4. Time is a tricky thing. I definitely have time to do the things that are important to me, but sometimes catching up on a book or TV show is important too.

5. Nice sheets and PJs are everything.

6. Building a piece of furniture is so tricky, but so satisfying when it's done. And every time you use it.

7. Working on work for yourself is much easier than doing it for someone else, but you must work for someone else so you have the ability to work for yourself. Someday this will pay off. Right now it pays off, too.

8. Sweating once a day is so rewarding.

9. Going your own way is better than following the crowd. Doing things alone can be so much more fun—getting coffee, seeing movies, taking road trips...you have time to think and no distractions or judgement.

10. Reading a book a week should be a ritual.

11. Transitioning is hard. Finding a community and a circle of people to depend on is crucial after graduating—I'm developing mine, and it's so nice. Seriously.

12. Crying for no reason is a real thing. I've always been quick to tears, but now I can relate to so many things, I well up at more commercials than I care to admit. The worst of these instances was the finale of Gilmore Girls (hello, Netflix)—any coming-of-age plot will get me for years to come.

13. Fresh flowers are an absolute necessity. So is having one house plant. Greenery is life.

14.Spending time with family is the most important thing—they will always be there and they should always come first.

15. My parents are pretty incredible people. As our relationship evolves each day, I learn more from them than they know.

16. Taking a step back is imperative—to consider how each day, week, and year went and ensure I'm working on my goals and living with intention.

17. I never want to settle. But I do want to be comfortable. Slowly, I'm learning what this means—taking chances but taking a closer look at what's right in front of me, too. Working my butt off and seizing new opportunities, but remembering my overall goals.

18. This year, I want this blog to grow. And grow. And grow.

19. I will put in all the work I can and learn along the way, since I learn best by doing.

20. Busy is an overused word. I'm trying to stop using it—substituting "taking it one day at a time" or "killing it" for "busy" has a less negative connotation. Plus, I try to make sure each day is filled with things I love, so busy and overwhelmed are disappearing from my vocabulary.

21. This was probably the hardest year of my life so far, for a handful of reasons. I did not know if I would get through it. But...

22. I'm still kicking. And I'm the best version of me that I've ever known. Bring it on, 22. I've got a good feeling about this one.

xo, Morgan