A new year. A new chance to be great.

I'm sitting on my sprawling front porch on New Year's Eve in West Philly, surrounded by fireworks and taxi cabs and drunk stragglers. 

Being in this city, working, playing and loving in this city is an experience like one I never dreamed. Ten years ago I spent New Year's Eve in Albany with my best friend, causing trouble and walking in unbearable heels.

Seven years ago, I saw two of my best friends kiss each other for the first time under the fireworks at midnight…four and a half years ago, I saw them marry each other in our home town. 

Four and a half years ago I also moved to Philly. I knew just one person and I didn’t have a job. Four years ago on New Year’s Eve, I loved my job enough to spend the evening with my phenomenal coworkers. 

Two years ago, I spent New Year’s Eve with strep throat, with the amazing man I’d met that year who made me chicken parmesan and let me wear my pajamas all night. 

And this year, tonight, I spent the evening with that same man, great friends, looking out over the whole city, drinking champagne and lighting sparklers as we played Auld Lang Syne on the iPhone. And I’m on the brink of a new year, a new job and a new life.

It’s just 3 hours and 23 minutes into 2014 and I can already tell this year will be amazing.

I'm resolute in having a 2014 revolution.

1. Eat vegetables and fruit every day. Not for tomorrow, but for the future.

2. Take good care of your body. It is the only one you've got.

3. Stay organized. Lists, spreadsheets, home, computer, work. Don't let things get away from you.

4. Never stop learning. You've got a big job ahead of you. Don't coast and always strive to be better at what you're doing.

5. Grow older with grace. Believe you are beautiful no matter what.

6. Take good care of the ones you love most. They make your life rich.

7. Spend wisely and with caution.

8. Cook new things. Make time to work at it.

9. Move ever forward. Don't dwell on a down day.

10. Be grateful each and every day for what you have.