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!!!!!!! 🙂

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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 🙂 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 😦 We better just say every other day, that will be an improvement to my once a month. Or, how about once a week? 😉 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,  blessed New Year filled with positivity, love and light. Happy New Year!!!!!!

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How to Get Back on Track After Christmas

Hi everyone. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I know I did. I relished in quality time spent with my family and furbabies.

Christmas Eve we had dinner, gifts, and a campfire at my family’s:

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Christmas morning, we watched our furbabies open their gifts. We have 4 cats, yikes!

Meet Minnie:

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Petrie:

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Squiggy:

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Boo:

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Breakfast would have been cinnamon rolls that I brought from my sister’s house, but unfortunately were left in my purse all night 😦 So I whipped up an asparagus frittata:

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Then we went back to my family’s for more gifts, more food, more fun:

Too many Christmas goodies were consumed, and while all the cookies, candies, appetizers, and wine were sure good going down, I was left with a belly ache, but a happy heart.

So what do I do to get back on a healthy track after Christmas. It’s simple really. Lots of water, simple clean foods, extra greens, and exercise.

Breakfast looks like this:

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Greek yogurt with mandarin oranges and raw oats.

Lunch:

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A hodgepodge of a salad with peas, canellinni beans, peppers, radishes, asparagus and cottage cheese. I will make a salad out of anything in the fridge.

For dinner, a huuuuuge pot of lentil soup:

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Vegan Splendor: Spicy Vegan Lentil Soup

So it’s easy to get back on track, but staying on track is much much more difficult. I find the best way for me is through accountability wherever I can get it. This blog is very helpful to me for that.
For you, I can help. I’m a certified weight loss coach with the Genetix Program. The Genetix Program is the number One way to loss weight, and the best part is, it is completely in line with my healthy living ideals.  It is a 100% natural way to loss weight eating real foods that you buy at the grocery store. And you get to talk to me every day so I can teach, inspire and guide you to your weight loss goals. Click on the logo below to learn more and/or sign up for me to be your coach and finally achieve your weight loss goals for life:

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So as we go into the New Year, I know my goal is to stay on track with healthy eating and exercise, as well as some others I will share in my next post, I can help you with your goals too.