Happy New Years Eve!
2013 was a pretty landmark year for JooJoo Azad ~ Free Bird, with the biggest accomplishment being, well, finally starting! Even though it feels like we've been together for quite some time (especially those who have been there since the beginning!), JooJoo Azad is but only almost 5 months old (which, may I add, have been a very rewarding almost 5 months!). I'm proud of what my blog has grown to be, and I'm excited of what lays ahead--and I couldn't have done it without you! Thank you!

You probably haven't noticed, but I really like making lists and closing things, so to close the year here are a bunch of lists!

Best Shoots: 
For complete photo sets (from top left going across): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Best in Social Action Sunday:

1. The Fashion Industry's Inconvenient Truth
2. We're Not Terrorists, Yo: Islam Fact vs Myth
3. Small Steps for Change: Easing into Buying from Philanthropic Brands
4. [Socially-Responsible] Gift Guide for Her
5. Alternatives to Exploitative Fashion Companies
6. Why Boycotting Works

Resolutions for 2014: 

1. Start buying from socially-responsible and philanthropic clothing brands 
(Bet you didn't see this one coming! c; ) Even if you're just incorporating it into your style little by little (tips here!) this needs to happen, Hoda. You're not only making a stance against large corporate exploitation (which you love doing!) but you're helping small brands and struggling human beings all around the world that need help!
2. Make time for yourself 
Journal more, sketch, write poetry, reflect, practice violin--you need this time to recharge and refresh!
3. Support Bloggers I love
It's hard to spill your thoughts and ideas on to a page for the world to see. It's even harder to try to get people to read and comment on all of that nonsense! This year is a year for taking the time to read, think about, and comment more on (growing) blogs (like mine!) that I enjoy.
4. Let's get something crossed off that bucket list
Skydiving? I think yes.
5. Embrace your emotions 
Having a pre-quarter-life-crisis? It's okay, just breathe (crying is cool too) and take your time. No rush!
6. Get your sh*t together
Yes okay but don't calm down too much--you still have to declare a major sometime, you know that, right?
7. Help strangers
Even if you don't run into people that need you to save their lives on a day-to-day basis, at least setting a realistic goal like complimenting one person a day who you don't know, is great.
8. Buy and eat locally 
Yay for conscious spending!
9. Let's take those fashion risks we were just talking about (here!)
10.  Collaborate with local brands and other activist-minded bloggers/brands 
For goodness sake Hoda you live in Oklahoma and Chicago you can't possibly tell me there is no one around.
11. Learn to cook
Okay this one is a bit embarrassing..

Getting no. 10 crossed off the list right now, I've partnered with Enrou, an amazing, do-good brand to share tips on starting off the year right!
They have put together a list of new years resolutions to live a better and healthier life in 2014 that you won't want to miss! Check out their list here: http://bit.ly/1ck8709!

If you have an extra second, show some love and take a look around their shop and see what change they're making in the world, here: http://enrou.co/

Thank you again for all of your support this past year these past almost 5 months! I'm truly grateful for everyone who takes the time to read, enjoy, and share JooJoo Azad ~ Free Bird with their loved ones, and for all of your kind comments and messages of support!

Whether you publish your resolutions on the internet or hide them away in the pages of your journal, something we can all strive for this year is to continue the boycott of exploitative and abusive fashion companies in order to do our small share of making the world just a little bit brighter. xx

Here's to a great year and an even better one ahead