Easing into 2014

I have decided to finally start some goals for 2014. I have one major goal, Enjoy! Yes I get that sounds so simple, but yet for me it can be hard. I am a go go go type of person so to sit back and just enjoy the moment can be hard because I am always thinking about the next big thing. I am going to make a conscious effort to just enjoy life as it comes. Of course that doesn’t mean I am not going to plan, but I also want to make sure I life in the moment and enjoy my time relaxing. The perfect example was last night I enjoyed sitting on the couch, watching Family Feud, and painting my nails.

Right now my biggest enjoyment is Marriage:

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Yes it’s cold

Like really, really cold! It was 4 degrees this morning at my house, with a windchill of like -15! But the bright side of the wind chill (making it below zero), no ice on the windshield! I am so not a fan of scraping ice off the windshield. I love my SUV but dang it’s hard to get to the middle of that windshield since I am shorty. Although one of my Christmas presents to me was a remote start in my car, which I am loving yet struggling with because it uses my gas when I am not going anywhere, thereby making my gas mileage worse. That I guess is a small price to pay for warmth, right?!?

So it’s a new year, and it always makes me thing of the weight watchers commercials New Year, New You. Well you know what I like me, and I don’t need a new me. I could make some improvements, sure, but I don’t need an entirely new me for 2014. I am happy with my life and of course a bit more discipline would be great for the new year, but an entirely new person is not necessary. I did purchase one of my favorite gadgets again, the FitBit.  I went with the FitBit Zip this time around instead of the FitBit One or Flex since I don’t like to use it when I sleep.

As I contemplate the new year I am thinking what my goals for 2014 will be. Yes I know I said the same thing in the last post so perhaps it’s time to get going. One thing I am committing to for January is a plank challenge (because you  know you can do a plank pretty much anywhere). Below is the plank list:

The 30 Day Plank Challenge will send your core strength through the roof! Yes, all you have to do is HOLD this position, nothing else! It looks pretty easy, but it isn’t!

Day 1 – 20 seconds
Day 2 – 20 seconds
Day 3 – 30 seconds
Day 4 – 30 seconds
Day 5 – 40 seconds
Day 6 – REST
Day 7 – 45 seconds
Day 8 – 45 seconds
Day 9 – 60 seconds
Day 10 – 60 seconds
Day 11 – 60 seconds
Day 12 – 90 seconds
Day 13 – REST
Day 14 – 90 seconds
Day 15 – 90 seconds
Day 16 – 120 seconds
Day 17 – 120 seconds
Day 18 – 150 seconds
Day 19 – REST
Day 20 – 150 seconds
Day 21 – 150 seconds
Day 22 – 180 seconds
Day 23 – 180 seconds
Day 24 – 210 seconds
Day 25 – 210 seconds
Day 26 – REST
Day 27 – 240 seconds
Day 28 – 240 seconds
Day 29 – 270 seconds
Day 30 – PLANK FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE!!

What are you 2014 goals you have been thinking about?

Happy New Year!

It’s already January 2nd and sometimes I sit and reflect on where time goes. I can certainly say my life is unbelievably different that it was a year ago, and I imagine it might feel the same way come January of 2015. My posts of days past that talked about being in that same place and nothing changes are a thing of the past, and instead I am encouraged by the future and all it’s changes. Somewhere along the way I realized life happens when we least expect it, so plan all you want but take in the little surprises life has in store for you!

I know I have in 2013 and I can say I don’t regret one thing! My year started in Nashville, TN, I completed a half marathon, I got engaged, and 6 short months later I was married! I visited a number if cities in the US and traveled abroad to Aruba!

Stay tuned to 2014 goals coming up!

12 Days of Christmas: Day 12

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me 12 drummers drumming.

As the reflect on my version of the 12 days of Christmas I feel like I should have done it in the true Catholic tradition. This would mean I would have started my 12 days of Christmas on Christmas Day, December 25 and discussed each day till Jan 6 (little Christmas or Epiphany). Oh well, I did say it was my version of the story.

I don’t have any real connect to drummers drumming or the number 12. So I won’t talk about those items. Instead I think about the “true love” and in many cases I referred to my true love as my husband. But if we think about the origin of the song, my “true love” is referring to God and his love for me. Each day represents a little bit of our Christian faith together. One interpretation I particularly liked talked about how this “is a song of Christian instruction, perhaps dating to the 16th century religious wars in England, with hidden references to the basic teachings of the Christian Faith.” The site discusses what each of the numbers is referring to such as: “The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, whose birthday we celebrate on December 25, the first day of Christmas.

What is your interpretation of the 12 days of Christmas?

Merry Christmas friends! Wishing you joy, peace and happiness in this magical time of year, where true Christmas miracles are there, you just have to look for them!

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