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Monday, January 14, 2013

2013 Resolutions

In the past I have made pretty general resolutions.  "Get healthy."  "Run more." "Be a better friend and family member."  blah blah.  This year I am making more concrete resolutions.  Resolutions I can more easily follow and carry out for the year.  This is what I have for 2013.

  • Read a book a month
  • Go to church twice a month
  • Bring Husband to church once a month
  • Work out 4 times a week
  • Do yoga once a week (which counts as one of my four weekly work outs)
  • Once a week call someone, anyone
  • Limit pizza to once a pay period (every two weeks)
  • Don't be so hard on myself
It's the start of week 3 of the new year and so far, it's all going well.  :o) 

I hope the start of 2013 is going well for you.  

Love & Hugs. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013


I strongly believe in timing.  They say timing is everything, and I believe it.  You can't rush the punch line of a joke.  Cakes and cookies have a small window of wiggle room when it comes to baking.  Just like people come into our lives for a reason and things happen when they do for a reason.

I have to believe in "everything happens for a reason" because I feel like my life is proof.  There is a reason why my parents decided to switch where I was going to middle school.  Otherwise I wouldn't have met my husband in 8th grade.  There is a reason why I was awkward and incredibly uncomfortable at middle school because it allows me to sympathize with people and be a good listener. There's a reason why I was friends with toxic people, because it taught me (albeit the hard way) the importance of surrounding yourself with positive people.

People come into our lives for a reason, to teach us something or for us to teach them something.  My neighbors are a great example right now.  Living on our street we have an ER Doctor, the Mechanical Engineer, and the Political Science Ph D Candidate.  For us, being around these incredibly smart people drive us to do our best and to keep striving and keep learning.

Although we all have our rough patches handed to us, in hindsight we grow from those experiences.

This last week a close family friend passed away.  I didn't expect it to hit me as hard as it has but I think it's a valuable reminder that life is short.  We have to live the life we want.  We have to take care of and nurture the relationships in our lives.  Appreciate our blessings and learn from our obstacles.  It puts life into perspective, at least for me.  Stop stressing and start just enjoying the moment.

It's all about timing, and your perspective, and how you decide to react.