2014 // recaps and resolutions.

Sweater (J.Crew), Boots (Hunter), Scarf (Kohl's), Jeans (Thrifted)
Happy January!! It seems almost unreal that this past year has come and gone so quickly. I feel like only yesterday I was considering (and abandoning) resolutions for 2013 and choosing bright words to light my way for the year. One year ago, I was starving for the opportunity to start fresh, and move on from the difficulties and hardships of the year before.
This year, though, I feel differently. Maybe it's because 2013 has been so good to me: I ventured out of my comfort zone and ran (okay. let's get real. I jogged) my first 5k. My sister and I unleashed our inner Swifties and sang our hearts out at Taylor Swift's Red Tour, this summer (with her being fifteen and me twenty-two, could it really have been anymore perfect??). I walked the stage to accept my bachelor's degree. And then I took that degree and became a Kindergarten and First grade teacher. I still didn't finish that Instagram challenge... but that's what this year is for, right? ;)
This year, I don't really want to start fresh or begin again. I want to keep going. To see what's next. With this being said, I'm ready for 2014. For it's opportunities.. All 365 of them.
This year, I want to revisit my youth. Whaaaat? You're only 22, you say? Well, yes. I may only be 22 in people-years. But in Alynne-years I feel about 80. It kind of hit me this morning when I woke up (after sleeping over 12 hours...) that I am, without a doubt, an old lady. I go to bed before 8. I don't go out on Friday nights. Or ever, for that matter. Heck. I even enjoy a good Wheel of Fortune episode, every now and again. And for being in my twenties... I dare say this is a problem. BUT: I did feel better on New Year's Eve: It was the first one in any that I can remember that I scrolled through my Twitter timeline to see my friends and followers tweeting their NYE in sweatpants, with their babies, and/or sober. (I think that means I'm not the only one getting old.)
And also this year, I want to make time for me. It's been so easy to get wrapped up in the here and now's of teaching, and it's been a very difficult fact to accept that my work will never be done. I will always need to be lesson planning. I will always need to be IEP writing. And I always will have paper work that needs doing. But that shouldn't take away from the fact that I have a life too. (Well... correction: I don't actually have a life. But I SHOULD have one! Hence, these resolutions).
Over Christmas break, it felt wonderful to sleep in and read books. So wonderful, that when we finally went back to school yesterday, I found myself secretly wishing for (and getting!) a snow day, today. (After all, one more day off can't hurt!). In 2014, I want to be able to blog without feeling guilty. And I want to be able to read a book without worrying about all of the must-do's on my to-do list. Maybe, this year, I'll even find it somewhere in myself to take a day off here and there. Maybe.
Truth be told, I don't want to revamp my lifestyle or make drastic changes to live my life to the fullest. I just want to live.
So here's to 2014. The up's. The down's. And the resolutions.
Happy New Year!
What are your resolutions for the new year?


  1. hi!
    I love your Hunter Boots. Also I feel the same about feeling like a 80 year old in a 22 year old body. I hardly go out on weekends, and go to be early. I think I will make a resolution to revisit my youth as well, thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Hi!

    First, I really like you Hunter boots in your photos, and secondly I can relate about feeling like an eighty year old in a 22 year old body. I'm the same age as well, and hardly go out, well I just lack a social life when that shouldn't be the case. You've inspired me to revisit my youth, and embrace it. So thank you.