2014 Mantra: Make it happen.

Earlier this week I attended a BodyPump class and while we were getting our weights set up the instructor asked if anyone made resolutions for the New Year.  Just like a class of nervous elementary students, everyone stopped what they were doing, faced the front of the room, and stared at her with a blank face.  No one raised their hand.  A minute later she said “Good!  Don’t!”  She continued to explain how as a personal trainer her schedule becomes flooded with new clients in January, but as the weeks go on her availability grows and her client list shrinks.

In 2014 I will... Make it happen. That was my “ah-ha” moment so to speak.  We all hear/read about people’s grand resolutions to do more of X and less of Y.  But as soon as things get tough they wave the white flag and throw their resolutions out the window.  I’m guilty of doing it myself…  I’ve worked hard for a few weeks, felt proud of myself, shared my successes with whoever would listen, but as soon as I experienced my first failure I gave up.

This year I’m taking a different approach.  I’m not making resolutions, rather I’m setting goals.  Realistic goals.  Goals that I can work towards throughout the year and hold myself accountable for.  I’m reminding myself that failure is oftentimes the first step towards success.

2014 Focus on my health

2014 Connect

2014 Disconnect

2014 Have faith

2014 Discuss our future

2014 Take pictures

2014 Blog

2014 Say no

2014 Pass teaching exams

2014 Receive teaching licenses

2014 Accept a teaching position

2014 Read

2014 Run 2-3 half marathons

2014 Run a full marathon Some goals are just one or two words so they may not make sense to anyone but me, but trust me when I say that I chose each goal for a reason – reasons that I’ll share later, otherwise this post would be a mile long.

It’s a total of 14 goals.  I didn’t plan to make a list of 14 to match the year, it just worked out that way.  Maybe it’s a sign?  Or maybe I’m just reading too much into it?  Regardless, in 2014 I will make it happen.

Question:  Did you make any resolutions?  Or goals?

Question:  How do you hold yourself accountable?

— Allison


Enjoying the Holidays

I hope that y’all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Hanukkah if you celebrate!  Ryan and I lucked out and enjoyed two Thanksgiving feasts this year because my younger brother accepted a new job at Steamboat Ski Resort so my momma flew out to help him move.  According to the resort’s website, their motto is “work hard and play hard” – I have no doubt that he’ll be loving life!

Thanksgiving 2013

The past couple of weeks I’ve…  Spent quality time with my family and friends, celebrated Ryan’s birthday, enjoyed whipped cream in my morning coffee, been fortunate to have many work assignments, consumed lots of Thanksgiving food + leftovers, saw a handful of movies, and have been participating in Elf for Health!  Life has been good.

Fairfax Lights

That said, I’m behind in blog posting and reading.  The only time I’ve skimmed through Feedly has been while I mindlessly ride the bike and simultaneously watch The Food Network.  I should mention that it’s a stationary bike, ha!  Can you imagine seeing someone on the street riding a bike while looking down at their iPad or Nook?  I joke but I bet it’s happened.

One article that I thought was worth sharing is “Why The Holidays Are Great For Your Blog” published on The SITS Girls blog.  Gigi shares some great points, number 4 stood out to me the most…

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I do it every spring – I take a step back from blogging and social media.  It’s nice to disconnect, focus on things that I may have neglected, and recharge.  I don’t feel like I need a break, but I do want to enjoy all of the holiday festivities that take place this time of the year.  Like bake dozens of cookies, decorate our apartment, drink copious amounts of eggnog, laugh the night away with friends, see the Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, pick out a Christmas tree, and whatever else may arise.

It’s the most magical time of the year, don’t miss it!

Fairfax Christmas Tree

What I’m trying to say amid of the rambles is that my posts may be sporadic.  Life will go on.  But I invite y’all to connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter – sharing via social media is easier than blogging :)

Question:  What’s your favorite holiday cookie?  I was invited to a cookie exchange party and need to bake 6 DOZEN cookies!

Question:  If you blog, do you plan to take a step back this holiday season?

— Allison


Most Favorite Month

It’s been a while and I have oodles upon oodles to update y’all on – life has been busy, things have happened, and I’ve been changed.  The past couple of months have been full of highs and lows, but I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, even if that reason isn’t evident yet.


Rather than writing one longgg rambling post to make up for lost time, I’m gonna take it day by day.  It’ll be easier for me to recount the moments and for y’all to follow.

In the meantime, I hope that you’re enjoying the first day of my most favoritest month of the year, September!  September will always hold a special place in my heart becuase it marks our wedding anniversary, my birthday, the changing seasons, the arrival of crisp air, beautiful foliage, and fabulously fun fall festivities :)


P.S.  Since I’ve neglected LAB I know that some widgets need updating and I’m hoping to have them all fixed within the next week or two…  Thanks for your patience!

Question:  What have YOU been up to?

Question:  What’s your favorite month?

— Allison