Happy New Year! 2013

I’m not the type to make New Years Resolutions. Come New Years Eve, and the obligatory “So what’s your New Years Resolution?” I always respond with a basic “Oh you know, I don’t really make resolutions.”


But this year, after reading The Happiness Project, I felt inspired. There have to be a million little things I could do differently that would make me happier. Here’s what I’m thinking…

Wake up on time, and get to work on time
Seriously, I’m pretty bad about this. I love my sleep! But that’s no excuse. I shouldn’t be excited the few days that I am on time for work, I should be worried about the few days that I’m not on time. It’s become a habit that’s hard to break, but I always feel so much better when I’m on time.

Work harder
Okay, I’m sounding like the worst employee ever so far, haha. I mean, I do work hard and complete all of my assignments on time etc., but I know I can do more. I know I’m capable of more. I rarely “go the extra mile” so to speak, and it’s something I should do more frequently if this is the career path I want to stick with.

I’ve actually already taken steps to get this one done. Andrea and I joined the Young Leaders Circle through United Way of Rhode Island, which is essentially an organization that combines volunteering with professional development opportunities. I’ve already looked into some possible tutoring positions I could get involved with. I’m really excited about this one!

Do Good Plan and organize more
So I’m already a planner, I like routine and structure. But there are a few things I’d like to plan more, like for instance my work wardrobe. I became kind of obsessed with this idea since I read this post from The Saucy Apple. Taking time on Sunday night to plan what I want to wear each day that week will make my mornings much, much easier.

Do it now
This is an idea directly from The Happiness Project. I’ve already been incorporating it into my daily life a little, but not as much as I’d like to. This will mostly apply to nagging tasks and housework. When I see the kitchen trash is bulging, I need to take it out now and stop putting it off. When I notice that the counter could really use some wiping down, I need to do it now and not wait till later.

My problem with housework is that I tend to go into full-blown OCD mode with one little act like sweeping the floor. Then I’ll notice the oven’s dirty, so is the bathroom sink, and when was the last time I dusted? Next thing I know I’m on all fours scrubbing the baseboards and spot cleaning the walls. Yes, I’m crazy. My tendency to go into OCD mode makes me wary of doing any small task. But I need to get over this and set a time limit of 15 minutes for normal, maintenance cleaning.

know who you are

Those are the resolutions at the front of my mind right now. You’ll notice that they’re all small, general things I want to work on. Not big time goals like running a Tough Mudder. Which may or may not be a 2013 goal of mine…

I think I’ll do a check-in a few months down the road to see how I’m doing with my resolutions to help hold myself accountable. And maybe add a few more.

Weekend Tidbits


Now that my resolutions are out of the way, here’s some random photos from my weekend which consisted mostly of snow, shopping, planning, and cleaning for our New Year’s Eve Party! I can’t freaking wait.

Snowed in on Saturday night…


I think we got a good 10 inches!


I sort of pride myself on the fact that I’m very independent and have never needed a man to do things for me. I know what a ratchet is, I take out the trash, and can put Ikea furniture together like it’s my job.

But man, I hate shoveling snow. I have a bad back from an old high school injury, and ugh. It just sucks. I spent a good hour shoveling on Sunday morning so the sidewalk, driveway, back deck, and porches would be party-ready. Thank goodness for hot coffee.


It looks like someone was enjoying the snow more than me today…





Logan absolutely loves the snow! So adorable.

After shoveling I showered then got ready to run some party related errands. I plan to do most of the cooking and setting up after work tomorrow, but I got the cookies baked tonight.



This is my go-to cookie recipe. They’re incredible.

Then I went OCD on the apartment and cleaned it from top to bottom. Can’t have 40-50 guests using a dirty bathroom!

Now it’s bedtime. I’ll leave you with some pretty flowers. Can’t wait to tell you all about the party later this week!


Questions: What’s one of your New Years Resolutions? What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?

28 thoughts on “Happy New Year! 2013

  1. AnnaTheApple

    I so agree about the resolutions. I haven’t set myself crazy goals, just ones I know I can attain with a little bit of effort. Your bit about getting to work on time made me chuckle. I’m late for everything (though funnily enough not work), I just don’t plan enough time and underestimate how long things take. So my morning routine for work is like a military operation to make sure I’m not late hehe. Have a great party!

    1. aftertheivyleague

      Ah I’m the same exact way! I always, always underestimate how long things take. I’m late for work and lots of other random stuff too. “I’ll be there in an hour” usually turns into at least two :-/ I used to be so punctual too…I’m not sure how I got here but I plan to change it! No more being late for work, no excuses.

  2. pickyrunner

    Those cookies look incredible! I haven’t really made any resolutions this year because I’ll either 1) forget about them or b) feel pretty bad about myself for not accomplishing them. My only goal for the year is going to be to have a healthy year. I hope you have a really great NYE!!

  3. Carrie

    I’m with you, Meghan–I’m not one for resolutions. I feel like if you really want, you can make a change whenever; you don’t need to wait for a new year, month, whatever. Even though I’m such a type-A/OCD person, I definitely procrastinate little household tasks. Doing tasks immediately, though, seems like a small, but meaningful change I can make. Have fun celebrating tonight! :)

    1. aftertheivyleague

      I totally agree, there’s nothing special about January 1st in particular that needs to mean “time for change!” I am definitely not looking forward to the annual rush of people at the gym…I think I’d rather run outside in the freezing cold to avoid it! Happy new year!

  4. Cookie Dough Katzen

    Happy New Years Eve! I totally agree about not making resolutions but after reading your post, maybe I will make some more detailed resolutions. I am almost finished with The Happiness Project and I love it! Good inspiration to pull from here. :)

    1. aftertheivyleague

      I’ve never made them in the past, but it was sort of fun to think of just a few things that I want to do. Simple changes that could have a big impact, like The Happiness Project. I was definitely inspired by that book, I loved it!

  5. Jorie

    Beautiful snow, Meghan! We still have barely gotten a dusting here in Chicago :( BAH HUMBUG. I like your resolution list, it all seems very doable. I’ve made a very similar list for myself in my iPhone! Happy New Year!

    1. aftertheivyleague

      The snow is beautiful, but shoveling and driving in it wasn’t so don’t be too jealous! haha…and I am all about lists to myself in my iPhone. I should write my resolutions there to remind myself. Happy New Year to you too!

  6. Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    I’m not really one for making New Year’s resolutions either, but “doing it now” is something that I’ve wanted to practice more in my life as well. I have a big time problem with procrastination and wanting to avoid things that seem difficult at first, so I put things off until the last minute and always end up getting overwhelmed. Better to pick away at things in a slow and steady way than become a stress case when they all pile up, right? Right. Now if only I could put that into practice :lol:

    1. aftertheivyleague

      I totally agree. Or I’ll get to the point where I’ve put something off so long that I start to think it’ll be nearly impossible to get done, when in reality it would take all of 5 minutes. The time I spend thinking about it drags me down, much better to just do it now. I’m hoping I can put it into practice too!

  7. Chelsie S

    I remember when I was younger, my Mom was super OCD about cleaning as well. She would go on cleaning crazes and trust me, when this happened, you’d REALLY want to stay out of her way. But she calmed down over the years. I asked her about it a couple of years ago and she said that she was getting too obsessed with something that was never going to be perfect because there’s always something more you could do. But she said that by giving herself 20min a day, she was fine with it because it was like spending 2 1/2 hours on a weekend cleaning and 20min daily was much more efficient use of her time. In short, she’d be proud of you for the decision you’ve made. :)
    I think that these are all fabulous. Basically, you’re not looking to achieve any one thing in particular, but rather build yourself into a stronger person.
    Because of where I am right now, my mind is very focused on “get healthy, stay healthy”. I don’t know how long it will take, but mark my words, I’ll get there eventually. ;)

    1. aftertheivyleague

      I definitely need to adopt your mom’s strategy! Way smarter than wasting almost an entire Saturday afternoon on cleaning. And that’s exactly right, I’m just trying to make small changes to get myself in a more organized, better place. And I totally believe in you Chelsie! You will get there, you’re determined, and I know you can do it :)

  8. Khushboo Thadani

    Great resolutions girl and I especially the one about “Doing it now”. I have a terrible habit of procrastinating and all it does is make me less efficient in the long run. Cheers to getting things done in 2013 :) !

    1. aftertheivyleague

      Thanks! I like them too so far, they’re all things I really need to do just to simplify my life and be more organized. And the snow was kind of a pain timing wise, but definitely pretty. I can’t wait to ski!

  9. Haley @ The Saucy Apple

    I love all of your snow pictures! Snow is practically a myth here in Houston. :) And I’m channeling THP in my goals for the new year, too. I haven’t quite come up with them yet, but at some point in the next few days I will. Better late than never, right? (December 31st always sneaks up on me.)

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