Thursday, January 7, 2016
Happy New Year (a little late...)!
The start of the year is traditionally a time for resolutions (eek!), fresh starts (yes!), and new goals (OK!). I really prefer goals to resolutions because when I think of goals, I think of steps to take and breaking down those goals to realistic mini-goals along the way. Resolutions often seem like things I am supposed to do and often things I don't really want do - which means I will never do (or half-ass do) and feel like a failure at the start of the next year.
So, I think it's always a great idea to look back on the past year and all the positive things you did do or any first times; especially things you did that were outside of your comfort zone or a little outside the box. None of us has a crystal ball to predict what's up ahead. But we can reflect and celebrate the big and small things that made up another year of life.
And that's a lot more fun!
Bust out a sheet of paper or a journal and make your list - I think you'll find it a positive exercise and will be impressed...with yourself! Here are some (not all) of the things I am celebrating from 2015 and if you'd like to share with me, please post in the comment section below - I'd love to read them!
We celebrated Thanksgiving up north with family and got to explore a bit of Brooklyn for the first time.
Got to be a part of a very fun staff retreat.
Improvised some killer art! ha!
And made some killer art of this dude (my husband) while waiting on pizza:
Looks just like him, no?
Also, this dude:
came back to live with us and we are not sure what we ever did without him. To make a long story short, he was with my parents for awhile (while life was crazier and not so conducive for a him) and is back! I am so grateful to my parents for taking care of him and he still gets to visit and see them often.
I also got the ball rolling to adopt a companion for him (and us!) via Atlanta Beagle Rescue. If you live in metro Atlanta and are looking to add a very sweet, loyal dog to your home, please check them out. We get to meet a potential match for us this weekend and I can't wait.
My husband did with this with me back in June. It's a great way to re-boot your eating for 30 days and beyond. It's pretty easy and very hard to follow all at the same time. I definitely plan on doing it again in 2016.
Listened to some amazing singers.
A couple of co-workers recommended Class Pass to me and I'm so glad they did. For a monthly flat rate, you can take a certain amount of classes each month at a ton of different studios in your area. It's great because you will discover studios and forms of exercise you've probably never heard of - it caters to smaller chains and independent gyms/studios. It's also very easy to search for classes by location, time, or type of exercise. The other great benefit is that it holds you accountable. You schedule your classes and if you miss a class, you pay a fee. You make it happen!
Class Pass led me to:
I was lucky I finished the class alive! I love Yoga but the hot-type is not for me.
I can't say I loved it (can you tell I am not an athlete?) but I would take it again.
This was my favorite! The class was a giant hug and the instructor was wonderful.
Class Pass also led me to my new "home" gym. I would have never found this little gem of a gym (ha!) without CP.
Found and updated these chairs (seriously, I LOVE these chairs):
Basked under these beautiful holiday lights.
Visited Highlands, NC for the first time = beautiful!
We also visited a nearby veggie stand - one of my favorite things to do:
And this blog - I started this little site late 2015 as a creative outlet and to just keep writing. Of course not everything in 2015 was shiny eggplants and peaches galore - it was, as every year is, real. The daily news is enough to bring us all an often unwanted reality, which is all the more reason to highlight the really good parts.
It feels good to be here and I look forward to lots of new firsts in 2016.