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Dear 2013,

2012 and I had quite the blast.  At this time last year, I was in a state of terror over finishing my first internship and being unemployed and (in my mind) on the fast track to becoming a couch potato.  Granted, my biggest accomplishment this year was finally finding a workplace that fit me like a glove, but so many other little things sparked!  And so, with all this fresh space in front of us, I would like to take this opportunity to give you an idea of all the things I hope to explore with you:

1) I want to learn to cook. 

I’m not a bad cook per-say, but I am also in no way a seasoned chef.  Jay and I have dabbled in the occasional Sunday feast during the colder months, but I want to see just where this new interest could go!  Perhaps taking a class?  I’ve never taken a further-learning class before, so maybe now is the time!

2) Get to know Toronto.

I was a bit bitter when I first moved here.  It had taken me so long to settle into Montreal, and then, just like that, I was gone.  Every time I would go back to visit friends or Jay’s family, Jay would have to remove my arms from a die-hard grip on the lamp post outside his house just to get me in the car (figuratively speaking).  But, last week, we went back for New Years Eve and it was odd.  I loved being there, but I actually realized just how much Toronto has started to grow on me.  Now I know my neighbourhood, so it’s time to go out and explore the rest of the city.  The more I know, the more I won’t feel like such a newbie.

3) Continue the journey of making this place a home.

Toronto might be a nice place, but it comes at a price.  Instead of planning to keep moving up little by little, Jay and I have decided to settle into our apartment a bit more.  Make it more OURS.  Then, in a few years when the time is right and we have enough money put away, we will take the mortgage leap.  After assessing our possessions, we made a small list of things we could change to make the space more representative of ourselves.  I can’t wait to start working on it!

4) There is always going to be something book related.. so.. read great books.

It sounds simple, but here is the truth.. this year, it has been the times that I have taken chances, that I have found books that touched me in inexplicable ways.  Reading books for my coworkers, to give opinions and insight has been one of the most fulfilling experiences for me.  If I have any talent whatsoever, it exists in bookish enthusiasm.  When I like something, you’ll know..
So all I want to do this year is .. keep going!  I have a to-read pile that is so high and beautiful, I drool a little every time I look at it.  Just because I can’t help myself.. here is a quick sneak peek of my next few reads:

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And I guess that about wraps it up.  Like most people, I would also love to get into better shape, spend less money and reconnect with friends but that stuff is all implied, of course.

So.. we’ll have a good year.  Deal?  Deal.

Your friend,
Chelsey

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7 thoughts on “Dear 2013: A Love Letter

  1. This is an insightful, well thought-out reflection. Good for you, and I continue to bask in the warmth of watching you and Jason grow together as a couple. Love and stuff, Eric.

  2. What a fun idea! I was just like you when I first moved to Toronto, overwhelmed by it’s size and fast paced lifestyle. With time though, I learned to love it and now when I go home, I miss it so much. It’s great to hear that you’re going to embrace the city and make it your own :)

  3. Great post, Chelse! I really enjoyed reading this :) I wish you all the best in this new year and can’t wait to see what books you discover! :) xx

  4. This post was adorable! I loved the format! I’m sure you’ll meet all of your new goals in 2013! :) Can’t wait to see what great things the new year brings you :)

  5. I hope that you can accomplish everything you want during this New Year and even some other things that you have not thought about or never thought possible. Sometimes life surprises us, and we feel so happy and proud of what we have accomplished and how our life has turned around for the better. Wish you much success during this New Year.

  6. I’ve only been to Toronto twice (once, for a layover and the second time, I actually stayed the weekend). I was overwhelmed by how big it is. While Winnipeg is a growing city, I don’t see it being as bustling as Toronto is. Good luck! It seems like a daunting task having to find Tdot’s nooks and crannies but heck, love the one you’re with and all that jazz, eh? :)

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