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bring it on 2013! my resolutions

Unbelievable. Here I am, on New Year’s Eve, wondering where 2012 went. This has been a remarkable year for my family and I and I am confident that 2013 will be even better. I am totally one of those people who is looking back, reflecting on the year and thinking of the changes that I want to make for 2013.

Yes, I make resolutions. I do believe that a new year is great motivation to make fresh starts and set goals. Some succeed, some fail. For 2013 I’m going all out and focusing on something that I have been neglecting: ME. These resolutions are important goals that I have set to help me feel like me again, more like a human. As a first time mom, I’ve been completely focused on the happiness and well being of my baby. And while I understand that this is completely normal, I also understand that my mood and energy affects hers also. By focusing a bit more on myself, I can be better for her and for my husband.

So, here they are:

1. Eat clean. (again). I feel so incredible when I am eating a totally clean diet. My biggest challenge is going to be conquering my sugar addiction. My plan is to go cold turkey and try to replace refined sugar with more fruits and clean substitutes. I plan to log what I’m eating and drinking, focusing on fresh, whole foods and plenty of water. I used to do this and I know I can. Also, contuining our crusade to rid our house of GMOs.

2. Scheduled exercise. I used to be fit. I so want to get back there. I used to weight train 4-5 times a week, run 9-10 miles 3 times a week and do yoga every day possible. My goal is to schedule 20-30 minutes of “me time” a day to do an intense workout. My body is really craving it and I know it’ll be the boost I need to gain my self confidence and energy back. I can’t wait to have that “hurts in a good way” feeling again. I am also running the Saratoga half marathon this year so I WILL be ready!

3. Work on time management. Routines work. It can be tough with a teething toddler who may or may not resist a nap and require my undivided attention. But much like she thrives on a routine, I think I will too. Allot time for housework, exercise, meditation, play, husband, blogging (of course) and rest. I would love to try and devote time to all of these things that are so important to me. All of the things that make me ME.

These are some pretty tall orders, I know. But I’ve done them all before and I CAN do them again. The better I am, the better I will be for my family and that is my motivation.

Better me = better us.

Let’s get this New Year started!


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day 25: 30 days of thanks

I know that this may seem repetitive since I have already expressed my gratitude for my husband, but today I am thankful for my marriage. Having a strong, happy, loving marriage almost seems a rarity these days. I’m thankful to be married to my best friend and to know that no matter what obstacles we may encounter, we will conquer them together. I am thankful to have a marriage that is built on love, trust and friendship. I know that the bond we share is one thing that I can count on and always do my best to not take that for granted. I’m thankful that I can envision growing old with my love, always honoring the promises that we made on our wedding day.
I am so thankful to be happily married to my soul mate. It is truly one of the best feelings in the world!


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day 7: 30 days of thanks


I am so, so thankful to have such amazing friends. It is such a wonderful feeling to know that there is always someone to share ideas, opinions and laughs with. I am thankful that no matter how much time goes by or how busy our lives get (especially now that most of us have children) we can always pick right up where we left off.
I feel so lucky to have found such a diverse bunch of people to call friends. And even more lucky that each of them has as dry and sarcastic a sense of humor as I do! What are the chances?!
I love each and every one of them differently and can’t imagine what I would do without them. They’ve given me such great memories that I will never forget and I hope for many more to come… probably just involving less alcohol!
My dear friends, thanks to each and every one of you. You know who you are. I am so thankful for you, for your love, for your humor, for your honesty and most of all for your undying & loyal friendship. I love you with all my heart and my life truly wouldn’t be the same without you.

I didn’t have a pic with all of you in it. I thought this would do.

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