A Trip to the Mall

The other day I went to the mall with Mr. T and the Twins, my niece and nephew.

In case any of you still thought I made up the stuff I put on my blog, please see the attached photographic evidence.

Mr. T at the mall

The twins at the mall

Yes, that all happened.

And none of it was prompted or scripted! I looked up and Mr. T was styling it on the escalator.  Then I heard my niece giggling and I turned around and there she was pulling her brother over for a picture!

On another note – here is my picture inspiration for the new year:

Unstoppable

And lastly, is anyone else as excited as I am about the return of Downton Abbey? Like, seriously!

Downton Abbey

My New Year Wish For You

One of my biggest boards on Pinterest is my “To Live By” board.  I like to pin quotes, pictures, and scriptures to help remind me to live a life of gratitude and intention.  These past several months I’ve been earmarking those that I love the best for my new year, and I want to share them with you!

Here is to a new year filled with blessings and love, health and wisdom and more fun and adventure than you can take pictures of; here is to living in the moment and letting go of past hurts, and letting go of all of the yesterdays and seeing each other for who and what we are today.

May your coming year be filled with magic

Being at peaceNew YearIf you must look back do so forgivinglyWhen you love and laughbe brave with your lifeHappy New Year!

2014 Resolutions That I Actually Can Keep

I’m sick.

No, not in the head.  Okay, I am that, too, but I’m physically sick.  I think I’m getting better, but since Monday afternoon I’ve shuffled from the couch to the kitchen for meds and then to bed.  All of this down time has given me plenty of time to reflect on the past year (which I didn’t really do) and to think about the new year (which I actually did do!)

Without further ado, I bring you my 2014 Resolutions!

I resolve to:

  • Constantly work on improving myself
  • Continue working on not comparing myself to others
  • Not kill anyone.  Unless it is with kindness.  And if that really works, then my life just got so much better!

NY resolution not to kill

  • Eat more chocolate

NY resolution chocolate

  • Check Facebook, Pinterest and Word Press at least once a day
  • Have a pajama day
  • Pick up the phone and call my friends and not just text them funny pictures I find

NY resolution funny pic

  • Cross multiple items off my bucket list
  • Watch the movie The Bucket List
  • Read lots of good books.

NY resolution read good books

So, there you have it! My resolutions for the new year.  Did any of you make resolutions? Do you plan to keep them? 🙂

New Year New You

Is it wrong that I hate that phrase?  It’s a New Year and time for a New You!  Why must we confine change to once a year?  Why shouldn’t we work on ourselves all year long?  And, how many times have I said that I’m happy with who I am, only to use my next breath to tell you how I’m always looking to evolve and change as a person?

When we set a goal, it is something that we work towards; however, when we make a resolution, we just accept that we will break it.  Why do we put ourselves through this every year?

Seriously, it makes my head spin.

As one boyfriend once told me, I’m a walking contradiction.  A dear friend once told me about the same thing; however, along with it he told me that I didn’t share as much with my friends as they thought I did.  Since then I’ve shared tons with him.  I’ve shared stuff that I’m positive he wishes I hadn’t.  I’ll show him who can share!! 🙂

So, I have accepted that I am a walking contradiction.  That I am very happy with myself And that I work to evolve into a better person.  I’ve mentioned previously that my current goal (note the word “goal” and not “resolution”!) is to stop comparing myself to others.  To not give away my Joy in life by comparing MY LIFE to the lives of others.  I am where I am suppose to be.  Every thing that I have done and been through, all of the mistakes and triumphs have lead me to here.  I do not want to become stagnant, so I will continue to move forward in my life and use all of the talents and gifts that I have been granted to help others and myself.

Back to my original rant.

New Year’s Resolutions… it seems to be a vicious cycle:  Make resolution, break resolution – and we all accept it as normal!  Which, if we all accept it as normal, then I guess, technically, it is normal. Maybe it is a cleansing process, maybe we need to have this time each year to reflect.  Time to note where we want to improve.  Maybe the point of this is not the resolution itself, but the making of the resolution.  The time we take to reflect on the past and hope for the future.  I think it’s okay that we break them every year, as long as we keep moving forward, then every year, God willing, we have another opportunity to repeat the cycle.

I can live with that.  I had an interesting 2012.  It was a whirlwind jam packed with interesting moments, heartbreaking tears and wonderful adventures. (This was also the year of the incredibly spiritual experience I like to call the Meatloaf concert, it deserved a shout-out!) I can look back and be proud of who I was.  Now I can look forward to 2013 and all that it holds for me.

What about you guys?  Any good resolutions? Feel free to share them below! I’d love to see how you plan to grow as a human this year!

Happy New Year everyone! Cheers!

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