2013 Reflections, 2014 Goals

This has been the single best year of my life so far! And from where I sit, next year looks to be just as good. Let’s take a moment to reflect over the year, count our blessings in the Now, and ponder the greatness of the coming year, shall we?

Just 2 short weeks after the beginning of 2013, Matt popped the question (Click on pictures to read each post):

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A venue was chosen and wedding planning was underway:

I ran my 3rd half marathon:

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I celebrated my first Passover:

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Talked to a dolphin:074

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Got married!!!!!!! šŸ™‚

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Honeymooned in Barcelona:

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Then Paris:

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Then Amsterdam:

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I turned 37:

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I had a brief moment of insanity and dyed my hair red:

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I decided to go back to school and change careers, and I ended my wedding planning career the week of Halloween:

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Had a lot of fun celebrating with family and friends:

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My sister and I went to Ohio to celebrate Thanksgiving with Dad:

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Evan and Grace turned 4:

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Matt turned 35:

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We celebrated his birthday and Hanukkah:

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Celebrated Christmas with some of my favorite people:

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I am so very grateful for this life God has blessed me with. I usually only write about the good stuff on here, and it’s a great way to acknowledge my blessings and be grateful. Of course there are hard times and challenges, but even through those I truly believe God has a great lesson built in there for me. I’m basking in all the Love bestowed upon me. Thank You.

As I look forward to 2014 I’m beyond excited for the possibilities it can hold. I’m kicking the year off right on a bucket list trip to Napa Valley šŸ™‚ When I get back it will be time to focus on some big goals for the new year. I’m going to call them goals rather than resolutions, because I’m pretty good at achieving my goals. Just for fun, let’s set 14 goals for 2014.

Goal 1:

Start a family. This makes me so excited and nervous all in one. I finally found the love of my life and want so much to have a little family together.

Goal 2:

Buy a house.

Goal 3:

Build a new career. I don’t think life should stop with a baby, and I am excited to build a new career.

Goal 4:

Get a new car. It’s just time.

Goal 5:

Do more yoga.

Goal 6:

Do a barre fitness class.

Goal 7:

Do pilates.

Goal 8:

Run a race.

Goal 9:

Floss my teeth everyday. This one is going to be hard. I’m really bad about it šŸ˜¦ We better just say every other day, that will be an improvement to my once a month. Or, how about once a week? šŸ˜‰ Let’s go with that for now.

Goal 10:

Monthly dates with my girl friends. You know who you are.

Goal 11:

Eat at the Elevage Restaurant at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa.

Goal 12:

Attend more blogger functions.

Goal 13:

Visit family in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Goal 14:

Focus on balance in all areas of my life.

I wish you all a healthy,Ā  blessed New Year filled with positivity, love and light. Happy New Year!!!!!!

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Healthy Eating for the New Year

How many people are going to try to eat healthier in the New Year? I know I am. I consider myself a pretty healthy eater, but what I have come to learn through my journey is that concept of healthy eating is subjective and evolving. As I learn more, I implement more healthy eating practices.

I also enjoy food immensely and have more than my fair share of splurges. However, I’m realizing these splurges more and more just leave me feeling physically bad. (Upset stomach, sluggish, bloated). So part of my goal for the New Year is to find a way to balance my love of healthy eating, with my love of all kinds of food. I’m up to the challenge.

Yesterday’s eats were an improvement to my holiday splurges. Today I want to try to incorporate 2 snacks in between my meals. I used to do that all the time and it makes a huge difference in my energy levels. Why did I stop doing that?

For breakfast yesterday was a repeat:

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Fage non fat Greek yogurt, mandarin oranges, and oatmeal. My go to breakfast lately.

Lunch was leftovers of lentil soup over a huge bed of blanched kale with a hefty dose of hot sauce. Hot sauce makes everything taste better:

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And dinner was 2 mini turkey breast burgers seasoned with chipoltes in adobo, chili powder,garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne,cumin, lime zest, and lime juice. Served over a salad and topped with homemade guacamole, and of course dosed with more hot sauce, salad dressing is yogurt ranch:

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Snack ideas for today (with items already in the fridge):

-hard boiled eggs

-green smoothie

-nuts (I always have about 5 different kinds in the fridge)

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Do you have any healthy snack ideas from things in your fridge?

I’m also looking forward to incorporating more superfoods into my healthy eating. IĀ  want to share this superfoods list with you. There are some items on here that I have never even heard of (click picture to read list):

Think popping a multivitamin once per day is good enough to cover all of the bases your diet is missing? Think again. Your body doesn't absorb nearly as many minerals and vitamins from that pill as you might believe. Instead, give your body a powerful boost by adding some natural superfoods to your diet.

I’m excited to learn more and teach some healthy eating during the New Year!