Ringing in 2014 with resolve

Something New

Happy New Year, readers!

While many of you are all hopefully still staying strong with your New Year's resolutions two days in, I've decided that my resolution is a short-termed one, and hopefully a realistic one.

My resolution is to get my butt in gear with wedding planning.

I've been really procrastinating here, sitting on excuses that I've been too busy to do this or that, or that "It's months and months away, so what's the rush?"

In reality, the wedding is just over seven months away, and I don't have a DJ, or a commissioner to marry us, or a cake to name a few things. Oh, and I haven't even sent out our Save the Dates that have been ready to go and collecting dust for three months under the coffee table. At this rate, those will get sent out after the invites are done.

But no, I won't let that happen. Not now that it's 2014.

I think the main reason it's so easy for me to put things on the back burner is because I'm literally 1,400 km away from where my wedding's going to be on the east coast of Vancouver Island. I feel removed from my own wedding somehow, and in many ways I am, so it's difficult for me to feel connected to what's happening when I can't even be involved with some major plans (like meeting with the decorator I discussed in an earlier column).

Somehow I have to force myself to realize that, yes, this is my wedding here, and it's coming up and coming faster than I realize. I need to sit down, grasp this, and get things done; book a DJ, mail those Save the Dates and give myself some breathing room.

Because if I don't, no doubt things will go wrong; there won't be any good DJs left, or a commissioner to marry us, or I'll have to make my own cake (oh the humanity!).

I've always been a bit of a procrastinator, but really Katie, you can't be doing this with something like a wedding. University essays yes, weddings no.

So that's why my New Year's resolution is to stop procrastinating and to start wedding planning again, rather than something standard like lose weight or save money. And while I do plan on saving money and losing weight, it's for the wedding, not for New Year's.

(In actuality, my fitness plan is far more serious than a New Year's resolution; I mean, who wants back fat in a wedding dress? Not me!)

And so, I start 2014 with a bit of a reality check and a lot more responsibility. I can't say I started 2013 like that, and I certainly didn't start it engaged, so this is already going to be a bigger year for me by far, but it's up to me and me alone to follow through with my resolution and my wedding planning.

It's up to me to start 2014 out right, and I accept the challenge.

So good luck to all of you with your New Year's resolutions, and wish me luck with mine.

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