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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Pork Chops: Lunch and Dinner

Yep I had pork chops twice today. Why not?

Lunch was a pork chop on the good old George Foreman with a couple of red potatoes and an ear of corn.

Dinner was a taco salad of sorts:

I diced my other pork chop and slathered it with hot sauce, chili pepper, cumin, and coriander, on a bed of greens, red kidney beans,corn, cheese, and ground almonds, with some yogurt ranch dressing and more hot sauce. Yummy!

This has been a much welcomed relaxing Monday. We had 2 weddings this past weekend. Here’s pictures from Saturday’s:



He proposed to her under the Eiffel Tower. How romantic!!! I love Paris. I studied there for a month in 2000, and it was the best time of my life so far!!!! I’m thinking of sharing tidbits of the daily journal I kept while I was there. What do you think?

I got to relax and recover Sunday. And today I went back to my favorite schedule of gym in the morning and working for a few hours in the afternoon. We only have 1 wedding this weekend, so I feel very relaxed, almost vacation-like. Now I’m doing a little more relaxing this evening. Ahhh!