2015 Goals

Hi, All!

I hope that you have enjoyed your holidays and are all geared up and ready for all that this new year has to bring! One thing that I do love about the flip of the calendar is that it generates a new sense of freshness. It’s like a clean slate to fix all of the things that you screwed up the previous year and to continue to progress with the things you’re doing right. For me, it’s also time that generates creativity and defines goals. Here’s a video where I share the information that’s also listed below.

At the end of 2015, I would like to have accomplished the following things in the following areas:

Home

• Continue to create an environment that I feel good about. In 2014 I purchased a new nightstand and a new mattress for my bedroom and those additions alone have brought great joy to my sleeping area.

• Be mindful of the things and people that I invite into my home as well as the type of energy that it brings. It is my goal that when people enter my home, that they immediately feel safe and loved. With this in mind, I am learning that it is important to be a bit more cautious of what and who makes it past the door. There once was a time when I never paid attention to this, because I was so “nice,” but being a mom first and foremost teaches me that not every movie, every piece of clothing, every lyric, every food, every friend of a friend, should be invited into our safe haven.

• Continue My Personal Growth with God

• Continue to watch and guide my daughter in her growth, but to incorporate more scripture into our day-to-day life.

Health

• Create more time for myself to do whatever the heck (Southern girl) my little heart desires. Whether that is to workout, sleep, having a pedicure, write, take hike, cook a meal, I just want to do it with no regrets!

• Sleep- 6-hour minimum, most nights of the week. This is a major improvement in comparison to the 2-3 hours that I’ve been doing in the past.

• Follow a plant-based diet. This has been a HUGE change for me and I’m loving it! I’ll update what I’m eating in a later video and blog.

Social Life

• This is a BIG year! Many of my friends are turning 35 this year and WOW, the celebration requests are rolling in! Many of them are going BIG with every right to, because the gift of life is a celebration within itself.

• Family- My family knows that I love them, but I need to stay in better contact. Point. Blank. Period.

• My plans for this year is to actually send more mail through the postal system, call, and visit more.
Letting go of the “All or None,” mentality

I am learning that a little bit of something is better than a whole lot of nothing. Perfectionism has made and gotten the best of me over the years and I’m gradually letting go. I will talk more about this in a future blog/video.

Well, that is all for now, but I would LOVE to hear from you in the comments section! What are your goals for this year? Are there any areas in particular that you would like to give more attention or time to? Feel free to share!

7 things I LOVE about Fall!

Fall is definitely in the air! I really love this time of the year! I can’t say that it is my favorite time of the year, as I love and appreciate everything that each season brings, but I would like to highlight a few things in which I LOVE about fall!

1. Snuggle Time– Here at my place, we are all big snugglers; even our dog. Fall is such a lovely time to light candles and read, watch a show together, or even to just hang out and talk about nothing. Fall is a great season for family bonding.
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2. Cooler Morning Runs/Walks– The crisp cooler temperature feels very lovely at 6am, but even on the weekends, should I decide to do other things first prior to walking my dog, it still feels lovely around 10am as well.

3. Back to School-Fall screams end of summer and back to school for my daughter. It also allows me to settle back into a routine, which I’m ok with because the lack of routine is what I love about summer. By the time that fall rolls around, I’m ready to be back “ON IT.”

4. Fall Candles– I am a huge lover of candles. Bath and Body Works is where I purchase the bulk of my candles and their fall scents are so lovely to me. This year, my favorites have been: “Caramel Pumpkin Swirl,” “Pumpkin Pecan Waffles,” “Pumpkin Caramel Latte.” I’ve also been burning the “Summer Boardwalk,” which was a summer special, but it literally smells like a carnival, so it still suits me perfectly during this season.
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5. Time Change-If I were ranking theses in order of importance, this would probably be #1. I am such a morning person. My eyes pop open M-F at 4am and 5am on the weekends with or without my alarm clock and I am constantly waiting for daylight to peek its way through. I am so productive at the top of my day and the “earlier mornings,” allow me to get out earlier for morning cardio, and the “earlier nights,” assist me in winding the house down at a decent hour.

6. Pumpkin Everything: from teas, to coffee (although, I must admit, that this is the first year that I have not enjoyed the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks-it has been replaced by my taste buds with the Teavana Chai Tea), candles, hand sanitizers, pumpkin patches, and even to the rare desserts. There is nothing about pumpkin in moderation for me during this time of the year.

7. Thanksgiving and Fall Décor: My family is huge and the holidays always allow us an opportunity to gather and love all over each other. Also, the décor in my home screams “Harvest Time,” and “Give Thanks.” Not that I need the constant reminders, but it does feel good to look around my home and be reminded as to how blessed I am in so many areas of my life. fall1

I would love to hear some of the things that you enjoy about Fall (Autumn) in the comments section! What about Halloween? Do you enjoy dressing up or dressing your kids up? Do you attend fall carnivals? Please share and I will be mailing out candles to the first two people that leave comments, as well as to my friend and graphic designer Kristy Harris, for sharing the following fall photos with me via Facebook:
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In the meantime, I have also have tickets to giveaway for an upcoming local event. The Masquerade Ball will take place on October 31st, 2014 from 6pm-1am. This event will take place at the Chateau Elan Hotel and Conference Center in Sebring, FL. I will be giving away 2 sets of 2 tickets! Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog!

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