January 01, 2013

Cheers to 2013!

h a p p y  n e w  y e a r !

2012 was an eventful year.

I accomplished several personal and professional goals; deepened my appreciation for the abundant blessings in my life; and above all, developed friendships with folks whom I'll cherish for many years.  I don't have anything particularly wise to say, but there're a couple of things on my heart I'd like to share.*  (These aren't New Year's Resolutions, but rather ongoing self-reminders for the year).

Eating and traveling can bring so much joy to one's life.  
Though I can hardly say I've eaten many obscure culinary dishes or ventured off to exotic countries, 2012 was full of unforgettable adventures with invaluable people.  Remember: You don't have to eat at a three Michelin-starred restaurant to eat "well" or hop on a plane to "travel often."  Stay open-minded.  Stay hungry for food, for life.  Make every little thing count, because what may seem insignificant to you may be the world to someone else.  

Worthwhile results don't get handed to you on a silver platter.
I don't think I've ever worked as hard as I did this year.  I pushed myself physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.  Each time I wanted to give up, I somehow made it (by the grace of God).  Despite earning some bragging rights, I learned humility is a key factor in testing perseverance, managing self-improvement, and building character.  Stay mindful, always.

Be the best version of yourself.

Look forward and strive for the best.
Generally, the beginning of something is exciting, whether it be the start of a new year, new job, new friendship, or life in a new city.  Rather than being worried or nervous, try to think positively about any given situation.  Be bold and relish all upcoming opportunities, even if (especially if) they're not what you expect.

To my dear readers:
THANK YOU for your continual support and inspiration!  I promise to be more consistent this year.  Stay healthy and be well!

Cheers to 2013,

Doah's Hungry [dot] com

* All photos are from Ian Coyle's "73 Letterpress" project. { link }