I'm not a big believer in New Year's resolutions, at least not the get-down-on-yourself variety that suggest there are numerous problems that need fixing. There's no need for shaming oneself or getting down about past promises that have gone unfulfilled. It's the start of a new year, which calls for a positive perspective on what's ahead. And I have a good feeling about 2014.
For me, this year is about trying new things. Instead of merely talking about a cooking class I want to take, how I've always wanted to try my hand at pottery or learn another language, I plan on following through. The further I get from college (it's been nearly eight years since I graduated), the less I remember what it's like to experiment. Instead of driving across town to try out a dance class, I'm much more likely to sit in front of the TV and eat my dinner.
So here's to breaking out of routines, trying new things and pushing past comfort zones.