r e s o l v i n g

IMG_6456As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of lists.  Making them, reading them, crossing things off of them…any way to list is a good way to list, in my opinion.  Around this time every year, people all over the world- including those who don’t typically “list”- start listing.  What to do better, faster, less, and more of, how to be stronger, smarter, richer, more lovable…

Being the list-lover that I am, in previous years I’ve jumped at the opportunity to make a formal one come January.  But last year I created a new tradition, sort of by accident, and it significantly changed my perspective.  So I’m doing it again.  One resolution, one bold choice, one decision for 2016.  Here goes.

2015 was a year of immense personal growth.  I survived one of New England’s snowiest winters all alone in my little apartment, danced some really inspiring roles, made a very special new friend and went on so many adventures.  Most importantly, though, I was gifted my very first iron, which means I’m officially a grown up.  Wrinkle-free dressing=adulthood, right?

Since last year’s resolution was to consciously live, this year I’m giving myself a break.  For the next 12 months, I’d like to focus on putting less pressure on myself.  My resolution is a reminder that it’s okay to take things slowly, or to take a different route entirely.  I hope to spend less time worrying about goals whose moments have yet to arrive, and instead take a beat to recognize the many things that I have accomplished.  In 2016 I am pursuing positivity, living the questions, and letting things fall into place on their own, as they always seem to have a way of doing.

BUT! because let’s face it, we all know I can’t resist a list, some of my favorite moments from 2015…

performing Coma

befriending the lovely ladies of Danseuse 

collaborating with Miss Jones Dance on this custom “Setting The Barre” leotard

performing Apollo

making so many new friends and all of the collaborations, reviews, guest posts, interviews, and photoshoots (& giveaway!) that followed

spinning around Providence with Free People

getting poetic again

finally exploring Providence’s incredible coffee shop scene

and subsequently spent far too long putting together an extensive list of my favorite spots to eat, drink, and play in Providence.  Because I suppose I love this little city juuuust a wee bit.

and last but not least, quite possibly the best day of the year.

resolving

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How do you feel about New Year’s resolutions?  Do you ever make them?  Better question- Do you ever keep them?

In my case, creating a list of resolutions that I’ll stick to throughout the new year is something of a fantasy.  It’s not that I don’t have goals, don’t get me wrong, and I’ve mentioned before that I very much like emphasizing these goals as I change the calendar and my moral, physical and emotional slate clears, but it’s rare that my resolutions actually define my actions in those twelve months that follow.  Buuuut, despite my inability to fully implement these specific intentions, I can’t deny the joy I take in recording a fresh set of goals on January 1st (or 2nd ;).

Every year I strive to live in the moment, document more, work on my photography skills, do more creative writing, read at least 3 books (come on, girl, you can handle that), and take care of my body, but this year I have one resolution, discussed with my brother on Christmas night, that stands out from the rest.  So without further ado, le resolution principe de 2014:

Kirsten, you must take care of you car.  

2013 marks the year I bought my first car all by myself.  I love my little VW Golf, aka Greta, and it’s time I started giving her the love, oil changes, and vacuum-seshes she deserves.  So let it be written, so let it be done.

What are your goals for the coming year?

documenting

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I’m a big fan of new year’s resolutions.  There’s always something strangely nostalgic about looking back at resolution lists written by a one-year-younger me and noting which promises have been kept and which have met less fortunate fates.  Perhaps even more interesting are the resolutions that have, within the short period of 12 months, become irrelevant.

This year, one of my resolutions is to collect moments.  I want to document (write it down, snap a photo, doodle a picture) all of the moments that mean something to me, both big and small.  To start it all off, I’ve posted my first few photos of 2013, taken on the first of the year.  Cheers!