The future starts slow.

I am not doing so well with updating here on a somewhat constant basis, am I? The truth of the matter is, that I really don't want this blog to turn into the place where I only say things like "I HAVE OPINIONS. AND YOU'RE GOING TO LISTEN TO ME. YOU'RE NOT LISTENING TO ME." Because really, I'm not that anger and hate filled. That's not to say that there won't be more opinion-oriented pieces here, but it wasn't the reason that I created this space. And, for all intents and purposes, I've felt that I haven't had much worth updating about. I am hoping to change that in 2013.

While 2012 treated me well, I did not make the most of the year as I should have. Each day has the potential to be awesome and wonderful, and should be embraced as such. My resolution for 2013 was to simply do more, be more. Be more what, exactly? Creative, adventurous, unafraid, active, self assured, and a multitude of other things. Though I am off to a slow start, I largely attribute that to being laid out with a rather nasty flu two weeks ago, and it's bled into this past week as well. But, I am working on it! As for the flu, well, I wouldn't recommend it. Nasty business that is. It also has not helped that the temperature has been close to thirty below with the windchill around these parts. I love the cold, but not that much!

Last year, I overcame a fear of flying, and was able to get on a plane to go to Montreal with some friends in late October. More amazing still, I was able to get on another one to come back to Halifax. While flying will never be my favourite thing, and I am bound to white-knuckle it a little bit, I can get on a plane without clawing at the face of the person next to me. Which I am certain is appreciated by all, especially the person sitting next to me. As such, I've resolved to do more travelling when I can. And one place I have always wanted to travel to is New York City.

Well, friends, on February 21 I will be making my way to NYC! It will be my first trip out of the country, my first trip on my own. I'm nervous, but more excited than anything else. I will only be in the city for a couple of days, and am already compiling a list of things that I want to cram into such a small amount of time. Ultimately, I would just love to wander the city and fall into lovely and wonderful places, but there is so much to see and do, and not nearly enough time to do it all! Museums and galleries are a must, as are typical tourist hot spots such as Times Square, Wall Street, Empire State Building, the 9/11 Memorial, and perhaps if weather permits, the Statue of Liberty. Of course, I'm hoping to get a little bit of shopping in as well, though not much, as I don't want my bank account to hate me too much (it's already a little mad at me)! I have already booked tickets for myself and my friend Rose (who has graciously offered me her couch to crash on) to see Picnic on Broadway at the American Airlines Theater, starring the lovely Sebastian Stan, Maggie Grace, and Ellen Burstyn. I am just so looking forward to the experience of being in a city that's strange to me, and one that has so many exciting things to offer.

Really, my only fear is that I will not want to leave. Which would not be so much a fear, as it would be an exciting awakening. I don't think I could ever leave Nova Scotia, though. My soul belongs here, and my heart belongs to the sea. However, I'm a firm believer in never saying never ...