A Happy New Year Ahead of Us

Hello Everyone! It has taken me a couple days to get everything on track since Christmas, but first things first!tumblr_mfwlqfqgQu1qkxrtro1_500_zpsa072cb31-1_zpsb4679525

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! I know I am a few days late, but I had work and errands and all that jazz. So, now that I have some time, I really want to talk to you all about the past year and my new year resolutions and what not. I really get excited for a new year…for me, it means a new beginning and a brand new start. It sounds so corny and cliche and what not, but it is true. 2013 is truly a brand new start for me. This year I am turning 20 and celebrating 成人の日 or Coming of Age day. Many of you are probably wondering why I am celebrating a Japanese tradition…well, I have loving and deep ties to Japan. And it doesn’t help that I miss it so much, you know? Although here in the US, 18 is the legal age of adulthood; 20 is the legal age of adulthood in Japan. So, it seems befitting almost? Anyways, I feel that with me moving out of my teenage years, I feel like I need to take on more adult responsibilities such as saving more money and trying to move out on my own. It is going to be such a great year…I can honestly feel it! EXCITEMENT! Ah! So, I guess we should speak about the highlights of 2012 and what I learned throughout the past year.

DSC00266_zps344c6f9bSo, 2012 was definitely a year of travel for me and Anthony. We saved up and went on a beautiful trip to Israel where we experienced an incredible culture and learned about the history of the Bible and Jesus Christ. We came back with a brand new look on life and I am so thankful that we had the opportunity to go out of the country together. I turned 19 and Anthony turned 22. I retired TaylorRae.Co and brought my dream to life with the opening of SimplyTaylorRae.Com. I got to show Anthony where I came from and the place I love. I built my self-esteem, got a pay raise, and finally upgraded my brick of a Windows phone to an iPhone. I played lazer tag for the first time in my life, realized I have a sock obsession, and Anthony and I celebrated yet another year together. This year was simply amazing and I have learned so much…
1. I bottle up my emotions.
I have this terrible problem where I try not to express anything negative and it ends up getting to a point where there’s nothing left to do but let it all out in a negative way such as yelling or arguing. One thing me and Anthony discussed during our trip to Charleston was that I need to speak up if something is bothering me. It’s okay to be emotional or upset. Just let it out. My father also told me that I have to learn to talk to someone if I am feeling a certain way or bothered. I think this really came in handy when my family was going through a rough patch. I am slowly, but surely learning to speak up…though I still have moments.
2. I need to save more.
This year was incredibly costly for me and Anthony. With the trip to Israel and Charleston and everything in between…this was really our most expensive year. I didn’t think anything of it until today actually. I was watching “Four Weddings” on TLC and one bride talked about how she saved a ton of money for her wedding and I couldn’t help but think about mine and Anthony’s future. I already have some money saved up as does he, but I feel like I could’ve saved so much more had I not bought so much or went out to eat so much. I want me and Anthony to live comfortably when we decided to get married and live together…so I think saving is really going to be a big part of it. So, every paycheck more than 50% will go into savings unless I have my car payment. But that leaves me enough for gas and emergencies. Me and Anthony are going to hold off on eating out to only once a month. I think this is quite reasonable.
3. I am becoming unhealthy.
Not in the fact that I am overweight or I eat terrible. I actually eat pretty well, though I have moments where chocolate takes over my life. I don’t drink soda except for the anniversary where I had a Shirley Temple and most recently after lazer tag where I had the Red Bull Crush from TGI Fridays. That has been really the only soda I’ve had in about 3 to 4 years. I went vegetarian for a couple months, but because I’m anemic and for some reason the iron supplements weren’t enough, I had to stop in order to have enough energy to get through the day. But, I quite exercising after Israel because the school and work load was too tiring for me. Along with that, I really don’t go outside…because I am sleeping way too often. When I went to the doctor for chronic bronchitis, the nurse told me my weight and I was so disappointed in my self. I wasn’t overweight, but I wasn’t in a healthy weight category either. So, I really want to focus on healthy recipes this year along with healthy habits like exercising, going outside, walking more and all that. Maybe even take yoga classes for the stress?
4. I focus too much on other people.
I tend to worry about others and become envious of what they have achieved or the things they buy and what not. I don’t gossip, but I worry about people and try my hardest to help them and make sure they are happy and safe and what not. I also tend to overthink others’ achievements or milestones such as becoming engaged, finding a really awesome paying job, going to a destination that I’ve been dreaming about and so on. It is pure envy and I know it. It really does kill my mood at times and makes me drift away from what I already have and what I should be thankful for. It’s not bad to want to help others or to want something another person has. But as Shimmy from ShimmyCocoPuffs said on Twitter: “I choose to be inspired rather than to be envious.”  So, instead of being envious of someone getting engaged or going to Japan, those are now things that will become my inspiration to go forth and do those things…if that made sense?
5. I need a new hobby…
I realized that I am quite the boring person. I do have a YouTube where I sing and a blog, but apart from that…I have video games? Bahahaha…no. I need a hobby where I can go outside and really appreciate things in a way that I love. And if you have been on my Tumblr…you’d know that I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY. So, why not develop a healthy hobby like taking pictures with a freakin’ massively expensive camera? Well, for now I am going to just depend on my iPhone for that…but, I certainly would love to invest in a HD camera and do fashion pictures…preferably Japanese fashion because it is so expressive.

tumblr_mfvfbyMmwW1rycdxro1_500_zps46df5e80This year, I have created 10 New Year Resolutions and I have posted above my desk where I will always see them. I am so excited!

1. Save Money for Future.
2. Create Healthy Habits.
3. Learn to Cook.
4. Be More Thankful than Envious.
5. Pick Up Photography.
6. Go ALL OUT for SimplyTaylorRae.
7. Improve my Japanese.
8. Develop Organizing Skills.
9. Go Outside More!

They aren’t the most exciting, but they are simple and definitely worth a year and more. So, I was thinking about putting a “things I look forward to in 2013” part of the post..but I mean aside from birthdays and one wedding…I have no freakin’ clue what this year holds!! I will just leave that a mystery for you all as well as me. Thus ending the first post of the new year! I certainly appreciate all the love and support from 2012 and I hope it continues throughout 2013. Happy New Year Everyone! May you be blessed and may all your hopes and dreams for the year come true! Take care everyone!!!
Thanks for reading~! ❤
With love,
Taylor Rae


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