i am finally settling back into a routine back in arizona and am (almost) done with my holiday traveling (k has one more birthday trip for me this weekend). coming back after a cold (but wonderful) stay in the midwest made me realize how much this place has become home. i love it here. i am not one for new years resolutions as they often get forgotten and lost but i am a big believer in setting and working towards goals. reachable, manageable, positive goals. i like to set goals once or twice a year (usually at benchmarks - a birthday, a new semester, a big move) and then once a month or so i go back and reassess. alter what needs to be altered, scrap a goal if there has been a big change, set new goals if needed, or come up with a new plan to achieve a goal. so anyway, my birthday is less than a week after the new year so i like to use that as a time to set new goals and reassess. i hope to write a little more about my goals in the upcoming weeks but one of them is to utilize this space more often as a place to share thoughts and as a creative outlet. cheers to a new year!