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New Year, New Rule.

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If you ask me New Years resolutions are designed for you to fail. I mean realistically, how many of you have actually kept a resolution going for longer than 3 months? Not me — that is for sure. I am just not one of those people that can stay committed to something for that long. I am a phase kind of gal. I go through phases like you wouldn’t believe. My mother can attest to this. Therefore, this year after twenty-two something years of making “resolutions” I have decided that a change (read: rule) is necessary. [Rule #1: This year I will make goals rather than resolutions.] Goals seem much more attainable. After all, I want something that can be accomplished and I will be proud to cross off my list come 2014.

I know I am little behind on posting my “resolutions” but whatever, sue me. Here are a few that I’ve been working on and wanted to share with you:

– find a hobby — I don’t know why this is so hard but it’s been on my mind for awhile. I want to find something I can become passionate about. I am currently borrowing my father’s DSLR camera to see if I want to dive back into photography.
– eat organic — whether I like to admit it or not, I am a health freak. Not so much that my life is consumed by it but being healthy and living well has always sparked an interest. I know eating organic is much better for my body so I figure, why not?
– buy classics, don’t just settle for spontaneous sale items — this is a no-brainer. Saving money and being practical about purchases could never hurt.
– teach the dog a new trick — he is turning 3 in April and I think it’s time he learn something new.
– make an educated decision about the blog— i can officially check off my first goal!! With yesterday marking the day I made a decision to get back into blogging.
– make 5 new friends — i know this may sound odd but I am finally getting settled and Dallas is starting to finally feel like home. However, I love meeting new people and think that it would be great to gain some new friends in Dallas. I’m looking forward to seeing this goal develop!
– volunteer — give back!
– cook a meal at least once a week— so far, so good. On Sunday the boyfriend and I made chili and tonight’s menu includes stuffed bell peppers!
– witness something truly amazing— i am hoping this happens before Summer 2013 but if it doesn’t, I know that come July (my big brother is getting married!) I will have witnessed something wonderful.

These are just a few of the goals I have been working on so far. I have a full page in the back of my new calendar dedicated to these bad boys and I cannot wait to start checking them off! Wish me luck! Does anyone have similar goals? Or different ones that they want to share?!

Have a wonderful day!!

xx, MEB

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The Beginning…Again

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I’ve been “ignoring” my blog— it’s not really ignoring when I think about it daily— for about 1.5-2 weeks now. I wish i could say I had an excuse (does getting the flu count?) but regardless, I’ve been denying my blog the attention it deserves. Lately, I just haven’t been motivated to write but with 2013 now in full effect, I realized that it is time I make an educated decision about Tasteful {ness}. I am going to try and make a commitment of blogging 3-4 times a week. I want to be able to post every day but I just don’t think I have the time or the material right now. So here is to a brand new start in 2013. Full of good food, lots of fun, and a bunch of tasteful things in the future!! Thanks for sticking around :)

 

xx, MEB


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Cue, 2013.

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2012. When I look back on the past year it amazes me how much has happened. I graduated from college, I started my first job in the workforce, I took on financial responsibility that I never really thought was possible, I’ve been asked by my wonderful and amazing soon-to-be sister-in-law to be her Maid of Honor, I marked year numero tres in a wonderful relationship with a man I love, and I’ve grown more as an individual than ever before.

This past year has been one for the books without question. Its been full of so many emotions and blessings, not to say there hasn’t been bumps in the road along the way. I don’t think it would have been a memorable year without everything that has occurred. It’s all about what you learn these experiences though, right? Some things I learned over the past year:

+ pay the bill as soon as you get it, don’t delay the inevitable
+ don’t be fooled— dogs are great, vet bills are not
+ family is most important— more of a reassurance seeing as I already knew this
+ best friends are rare, but keep them close when you find them
+ also, no matter the distance between best friends, the good ones will always be there
+ champagne gives the worst hangovers
+ don’t be afraid to over-indulge
+ pay day is always the best day
+ it’s not always about want, instead, focus on need
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work hard & play hard — balance is key
+ the right song can fix any problem, for a few minutes anyways
+ it’s okay to simply trust your instincts
+ wearing heels from 8am-6pm will never end well
+ anything is possible

Yes, I know — that is just scratching the surface but there was a lot to be learned this year! From graduating to starting a new life in a new city there are many things that I have picked up along the way. 2012 was good to me, to my family, and to my friends. I am blessed to have such amazing people in my life and I am looking forward to everything that 2013 has in store for me. I hope everyone had a wonderful night celebrating the countdown to a new year!

Have an amazing day and cheers to 2013!!

xx, MEB