Welcome 2013!

Happy 2013 everyone!

I hope everyone had a fun time celebrating…and not TOO much fun 😉

Jon and I started the year off with fun and friends. There were no parties going on and we didn’t want to brave downtown so we decided to just stay in. Our neighbor and friend, Ashley, joined us!

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Hey, we figured we could still dress up even though we were staying in!

Jon and I made some yummy appetizers for us to snack on throughout the night.

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Stuffed mushrooms, Zannie’s Black-Eyed Pea Dip, spinach artichoke dip and ramaki (bacon wrapped water chestnuts).

The drink of the night was pomegranate prosseco cocktails. Basically prosseco with a little fresh pomegranate juice and pom seeds for garnish. Delish!

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It may have been this cocktail that inspired our ’90s dance party…it started with Ashley wanting to do the Macarena. Then I played Spice Girl’s Wannabe. From there we were yelling out nostalgic songs faster than our fingers could type into the YouTube search bar. Christina Aquilera, Backstreet Boys, Blink 182, Everclear, Natalie Imbruglia, New Found Glory, Aqua, Ace of Bass…it was all played!

As midnight drew nearer we decided to go downtown to see the fireworks. We parked by the Dali museum and had a perfect view.

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Happy New Year!

After sleeping in the next day, we headed over to my friend Lora’s. She was having a get together in her complex’s courtyard, where they were there was a live band playing.

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Collared greens, black-eyed peas and cornbread for a lucky and prosperous new year!

As the sun started to set Jon and I headed to the dog park with Maddie. And we took a nice stroll along the waterfront.

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Picked up Taco Bus on the way home and watched Looper, which was really good!

It was the perfect first day of the new year!

Now, on to what my plans are for 2013…

I still want to keep last years goals in mind, but this year I want to get more specific in some of my goals in an attempt to actually achieve them. I also want to carry with me certain thoughts and attitudes throughout the next year (overall goals).

Overall Goals

Be Positive

I feel like I’m already a pretty positive person, but it never hurts to be more positive, right? I do consider myself a realist, but at the same time I always try to see the silver lining in bad situations. This year I hope to keep and enhance this mindset, as well as spread my positivity onto others as well.

Be Healthy

Obviously I love CrossFit and want to continue with that. I have a feeling I’ll be accomplishing a lot of fitness goals as I continue on with CrossFit! And obviously I want to continue eating healthy, which to me is “everything in moderation” and making sure I get my fruits and veggies in.

Be Happy

There are some areas in my life that still get me down. I need to find ways to fix them. Life is too short to be unhappy! I want to live a happy life and stress less (don’t we all?)

Be Successful

I want to continue making opportunities for myself. I want to continue to educate and train myself for a successful career.

Read More

I go in phases where I’ll read one book after another and then suddenly I’ll stop reading for months. I love reading and I love books so I hope to start going to bed an hour earlier so I can get my reading in. Also, I need to start reading the news every day to keep up with what’s going on in the world.

Love More

Love me more. Love Jon more. Love my mom more. Love my friends more. Love people more. By this I mean showing my love more and loving more by understanding more.

Specific Goals

Make a Savings Plan

I don’t know what is holding me back on this…I’ve been meaning to get a savings account for over a year and just haven’t done it yet. I also really, really need to start a 401k or some sort of retirement savings.

Enhance My Blog

I plan to make the switch to self-hosting soon! And from there I hope to give the blog an uplift. Also, I want to comment more on my fellow blogger’s blogs, read some new blogs and participate more in the local blogger community.

Start Volunteering at a Soup Kitchen

This is something Jon and I have talked about doing together. I volunteer through Junior League and with other organizations, but I want to do something more and have a direct impact. This seems like something we can easily fit into our weekly schedule.

Start a Journal

I have a friend who writes in a journal every morning and I’ve been wanting to do this for so long. I want to free write each morning in hopes of discovering more about myself.

De-clutter Each Month

Clutter seems to create itself constantly. I’d like to set up a weekend each month where we go through the house and get rid of unneeded items.

Cook Once a Week

Jon has been taking over the kitchen lately, but I’d still like to get in there and keep up my cooking skills each week.

Start Recycling

Another thing that we’ve been meaning to start doing, but haven’t yet. St. Pete doesn’t recycle, but there is a recycling center just down the street from us so it would be easy to drop our items off there. No excuses!

Start Buying Produce at Local Markets

Yet another thing Jon and I have talked about, but haven’t done yet. Publix is just so convenient, but we’re constantly disappointed by the quality of produce. Any local market suggestions?

What are your goals for 2013?

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‘Tis the Season to Reassess

Another year is quickly coming to an end. In the midst of twinkling lights, decorations and holiday cheer, it seems to be the time of year where most people look back and evaluate their accomplishments this past year.

Although I believe we should take time to reflect all the time, it seems that’s nearly impossible. We live hustle bustle lives and rarely do we find time for ourselves. But I guess it’s better that we reflect once a year instead of not at all, right?

Last year I created a list of goals for 2012. I remember glancing at it a few months ago and being proud that I actually accomplished some of those goals.

2012 Goals

1. Find inner peace

I’m still working on this one. As I said last year this should be a lifelong goal, and I still believe that.

2. Think local first

I was so proud of myself last year for getting all of my Christmas gifts at local stores. I hope to do the same this year, but not sure if it will happen. Money is tight and as much as I love local stores I’m afraid my pocketbook loves some bargain deals at the big chains as well.

I’ve also had a plan in mind for the past few years to start buying groceries (especially produce) at local places. That hasn’t quite happened yet, but Jon is getting fed up with Publix produce so I’m hoping we can start visiting some local produce stands soon.

3. Become financially smart

I did start a budget this year and have tracked my spending each month. It has helped in the sense I know where my money is going. It hasn’t helped in the sense that I still spend it and need to save more. Still haven’t opened a savings account OR started any kind of retirement plan, which is important to me. I hope to open a savings account with any Christmas dollars I might get.

4. Have a creative outlet

Thankfully, this has been crossed off the list. I found a freelance blog writing gig, which makes me so happy. I get to write about performing arts and other arts related events. I also want to start free writing every day.

5. Be involved

I volunteer through Junior League. I also volunteered with a local non-profit for a series of events they were doing. I really want to do more though. Thinking of trying to find some volunteer opportunities this holiday season.

6. Get educated

With the election this year I did try to educate myself on politics more. As for other things…not so much. I still need to schedule some news reading time into my day.

7. Get moving

Thankfully this has happened as well. From training for a 10k to starting CrossFit I definitely feel like I have a good fitness groove going on now.

I’m still thinking about goals for 2013. Good to have all of these thoughts in mind while doing that.

Besides reflection, this month is going to be filled with such fun. I was filling out our fridge calendar for the month this morning and getting excited for all of the holiday parties coming up! Really need to start that Christmas shopping too…

What’s your favorite part about the holiday season?