Stubborn Love

It’s the last day of 2012 and I’m really excited for what’s to come. I normally don’t “do” New Year’s Resolutions because I believe that you can set a goal and commit to resolving something at any point of the year, but 2012 was so full of lessons and beautiful moments I was inspired to share the vision I have for myself in 2013.

Anna's Life in 2013

1. Attend a Surf Camp. My first choice is Brazil, but it seems that flights are wayyyy out of my price range. Like, 1.25 x more than I’m willing to spend. I’m looking at possibilities in El Salvador and Nicaragua. But however it unfolds, I’ll be spending some time on some waves this year.

2. Finish decorating my apartment and host my first summer BBQ. I moved into my place in April of this year, and up until two or three months ago, I didn’t have much furniture in my living room with the exception of an ottoman. I’m excited to finish decorating because I feel like it’s my ultimate statement that this space is mine (albeit rented) and to have a venue to host epic dinner parties.

3. Attend the Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal. Attending a music festival like Coachella, Sasquatch or lollapalooza has been on my bucket list for a few years now, and when I saw the line-up for the 2012 Osheaga Festival, I knew it was the one I wanted to lose my music festival virginity to. I didn’t commit to going last year, but 2013 is the year it happens!

4. Snowboard at least 10x this season. I’ve been “going” snowboarding for years now and I’ve never gone consistently enough to be really good at it, while my friends have been tearing up the mountains. This year I’ve signed up for a snowboarding clinic to improve my technique and am committing myself to hit the slopes and improve!

5. Buy a Cruiser-style bike with a wicker basket. It’s purely for cuteness and aesthetics.
Well, and I live in Vancouver, where all the “cool” people have bikes.

6. Try horseback riding. Again, one of those things that I’ve always wanted to try but never made happen. This year, I’ve found a friend who grew up horseback riding so I get to try it out with someone who knows what she’s doing.

7. Run the lululemon SeaWheeze half marathon. Once upon a time I was that girl who HATED running. So much so my hate deserves to be bolded and italicized. I would do anything and everything to avoid it because it was just. so. hard. I. can’t. breathe! But after working at lululemon, I decided to conquer my fear and start running with the running group. 5k turned into 8k, 8k turned into training for a 14k race. After that, I was hooked. I signed up for the Scotiabank 1/2 Marathon in 2010, but my knees starting having issues around 16k, so I “took a break” to see what the issue was. I haven’t run since. So, break is over. It’s time to take 1/2 marathon off my damn list!

8. Read a book once a month. I feel like my brain is getting mushier and mushier as the days go by. Consistently reading and engaging in literature is my attempt to keep my brain from completely shutting down and relying on google.

9. Fall in Love. This one is a big one for me because I learned this year that it scares me in the “OMG, I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m going to pee my pants” kind of way. Some people fear eating out alone on a Friday night, or perpetually being single, but I’ve always been okay, too okay with doing things on my own. It was weird having the opportunity to let someone take care of my emotions. And, in classic the classic self-sabotaging, too freaked out to let good things happen style, I started to harden and push away. Things fell apart and I admitted too late that I was willing to soften and to let it in. So, I guess ultimately, the next year is dedicated to letting good things happen to work on letting myself accept all the good and bad and embrace them as they come. (I realize this one is one of those things that can’t be forced or scheduled, but this is my attempt by articulating what I want and to work on being open if and when the opportunity comes).

We can never be certain of exactly what’s to come, but I’m looking forward to moments planned or unplanned and friends near and far.


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