It’s been quiet around this blog, and I do apologize. Life took a few crazy turns and the holidays always add a little extra spice (and by spice, I mean stress) to anyone’s load! To pay back each and every loyal and dedicated reader, I am going to blog every day for a week. On the seventh day, I will be revealing my big secret, ultra fantastic surprise. So, stay tuned because it’s about to get crazy awesome! Today will be my backtracking day to reel you back in and saturate you with updates and pictures and a little kiss of sunshine to brighten you day!
Where were we? I think Christmas/New Years was my last update. Christmas was wonderful, with family and a fat, fat Christmas dinner. My husband’s family knows how to do it UP! I come from a family that does pizza on Christmas Eve and deli meat/potato salad buffet on Christmas night. I’m not complaining, because clean-up was at an all-time low. Because my mother reads my blog, she will want everyone to know we only ate that way on those two evenings. Every other meal was well-balanced and wholesome. Because my sister reads my blog, she will want everyone to know that we had burritos and spaghetti every single week of our entire growing up, which is why we have a bit of an aversion to both. Because my dad reads this blog, he’ll admit he doesn’t remember any meals we had, because he’d eat anything that was put in front of him. He’s one of those wonderful men that, when asked to, would taste the milk that smells funny or eats the really, really old leftovers so my mom didn’t have to throw it out and waste food.
Anyway, fabulous family Christmas. New Years was quiet at our house. Andrew spent the evening entertaining the masses at K’ya and partied with the best of Laguna. I was in bed by 10, and spent the stroke of midnight feeding little Ruby. I’m not one to make many resolutions, because I feel an intense pressure to come up with a brand spanking new resolution that has never been uttered on the 31st. How cliché and mundane to mention my diet or my generously sized thighs or pinpoint the piles of love letters and bills and recipes cluttering my counter. So, I spent that moment just soaking in what I have already accomplished and the gifts already given to me and mine.
Well, that only lasted a few weeks. I felt so out of the growth loop as everyone spouted on about their new juice fast or their resolve to stretch when rising and pray when going to bed. I simply couldn’t be left out and found my mind speaking its… well, its mind. I ended up with a feasible and doable list of wishes for this year. And since I can hear each of you begging to know what I came up with, I will share them with you! Because once it’s out there, written permanently in Georgia Regular 13 font on this blog, it’s out there and I will be responsible for following through.
Thankfully, I kept it pretty simple. My first goal is time. Analyze how I’m spending my days and where I can tweak moments into peace and contentment. The first thing I realized is if I pop open my computer before 10 am and innocently log into Facebook and Pinterest and my email and my other email and weather.com, I’m done before I started. Anyone that has seen the “technology loop” on the show “Portlandia” knows what I’m talking about. I actually strongly disliked that episode. It was annoying and disjointed. Then I realized that it was because there was truth in how out of control our technology connections are! Do I really need to check the 10 day weather forecast in Tallahassee? Is is going to help the flow of my morning if I start pinning DIY ideas for dresser drawers and fab hairstyles? What I started to realize is that I was neglecting quality breakfast prep time and food because I wasn’t mono tasking. So, the computer stays in the other room until breakfast is done and cleaned up. Have I noticed a difference? You bet your sweet booty I have! I’m calmer when I focus on my bowl of uber-healthy oatmeal and spend time talking to Alabama about kitties and babies and why she should eat her apple instead of tucking it in her bib for a rainy day. She knows she has my undivided attention and doesn’t need to paint her arms and cheeks with blueberry juice to get a glance in her direction. Resolution #1 was a success.
Then, the rest of my resolutions hit every branch as it fell down the cliché tree. I started going a mile a minute. “I want to meditate every day, I need to sign up for Green Peace and Transition Laguna, I will walk 3 miles six times a week, I will lose all my baby weight while simultaneously finding cheap, stylish attire. I will write a blog a day and make every single morsel of food from scratch. I will create my Pinterest life on a budget and have the perfectly organized kitchen.” Once I caught my breath, I frowned at the growing list that started to cause me anxiety. Where is the balance in resolutions? Do you make every resolution and hope some stick? Do you make one and know you can succeed but you’re not pushing yourself to grow? I honestly don’t know.
So, I decided to start slow. I’ve got the peaceful morning trick under my belt now and have picked up the mediation resolution. I signed up for a 21-day mediation challenge guided by Deepak Chopra. They say it takes 21 days to create a habit, healthy or otherwise. And anytime someone mentions the word “challenge”, you better believe I’m going to win. Of course, I’m hoping that the end of this challenge will result in letting go of the need to win and beat everyone and then rubbing it in their faces. Ok, I’m not that ridiculous, but I am unnecessarily competitive. Focusing on the personal benefit of dedicating time to being and breathing will be positive and will add calm and purpose to my days.
Alright! We’ve updated January! Yes, I will be diving into my health and the girls and the ridiculous amount of information I’ve accumulated in the last few months. So, stay tuned! This week will be froth with entertainment and fun facts. I will leave you with a helpful hint and a few January pictures to whet your appetite!
Helpful hint for today: Adding apple cider vinegar to your bath water will draw out toxins. Make sure the apple cider vinegar is the kind with the “mother” in it. If you are a bit concerned or curious as to what that cloudy clump floating on the bottom is, here’s the explanation from dynamichealth.com: “The “Mother” in Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is the dark, cloudy substance found in the vinegar formed from naturally occurring pectin and apple residues. It appears as molecules of protein connected in strand-like chains. The presence of the mother shows that the best part of the apple has not been destroyed. Vinegar containing the mother contain enzymes and minerals that other vinegar may not contain due to over processing, filtration and overheating. “Mother” is formed naturally by the bacteria in unpasteurized vinegar.” The benefits of incorporating organic unpasteurized apple cider vinegar into your diet is endless. So, let’s all cheers a glass of filtered water and vinegar to health. Today, I will cheers to Miss Lee Garret, who got me hooked on it eight years ago!
Now, to end on a sweet note:
Alright! That’s a summary of January. I’m just warming up. Tomorrow will be yet another riveting post! Now go out and enjoy the day, whatever it has in store for you!