Sunday, January 11, 2015

My Goals for 2015

Happy New Year! (Yes, I realize I'm just a few days, OK 11 days, late but I had to make sure my resolutions were sticking before I share them, right!) I'm excited for this year. Excited for growth and excited for change.

I have two things I've been waiting to share with you. Two things that are getting my year off to a really great start and I hope to continue them for the next twelve months because I desperately need to. Ready? Here they are:

1) I'm reading through the Bible this year. And it's not just me. My entire church is doing this together. How fantastic is that! I love this. I can count the number of times I read the Bible last year on one hand . . . okay, maybe two but that's it. My soul has been so hungry for it but I just couldn't find the time, energy, or focus to do it on a regular basis (or monthly basis for that matter). So this year, I'm all in. And so far, it's awesome. The plan we are following is called the M'Cheyne Reading Plan; we read one chapter from four different books of the Bible every day. Right now we are reading Genesis, Ezra, Matthew and Acts. If we follow through, we will have gone through the Old Testament once and the New Testament and the Psalms twice by the end of the year. I am so excited to have my nose stuck in this book all year long!

2) My wellness goals have been somewhat lacking lately. Back in August I did a Shaklee 90-day challenge to make better choices with my health and that put me on a much better track. I started getting outside everyday and paying attention to ME. I still do to some extent but let a lot of things slip around the holidays.

On January 1st, I signed up for a SparkPeople.com challenge to do one small change everyday for the month. You can see the calendar here. It's been a fun way to mix it up. The small changes include things like drinking 8 glasses of water in a day, adding a workout to your morning, and trying a healthy food you've never tried before. The end goal would be to able to keep a few of these small changes through out the year to maintain wellness.

I've used sparkpeople.com on and off for the past 5 years. It works well when I use it consistently. And the website is chalk full of great articles, tips and an online community for support. If you are looking for a wellness/weight-loss tool, this is the one I recommend. And it's totally free! (And no, I'm not getting paid to say that.)

Other goals include getting outside everyday, adding a few activities for William like playdates, library events, etc. and being a little more focused and organized when it comes to groceries and meal planning.

What are your goals for this year? I would love to hear about them!

P.S. I stumbled across this new song titled "This Year" it is my new favorite song! Please listen.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Princess Bride Birthday (Part 3 of TX Trip)

My sister-in-law turned the big 3-0 last month and her best friend put on the very best birthday party in her honor. The theme: The Princess Bride

This post may be mostly photographs of the party, but first I just want to say that my sister-in-law is the sweetest sister a girl could gain by marriage. She has always made me feel like a part of the family, like a sister; she will include me in just about everything (including her workouts!). She's incredibly thoughtful, smart, fun and caring. She's also a reader and will recommend the best books!


The princess with the King and Queen (parents)
Didn't they have terrific costumes! 


The banquet table!









Beverages: Iocane or Iocane-free (clearly labeled!)



The princess being attacked by the ROUS


Seriously, the cutest rodent of unusual size ever!


And Mini-Vizzini was pretty adorable too!


My family failed to dress-up, but we were so glad our trip to Texas included being a part of Shannon's wonderful party! Happy Birthday, Sister!