Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Years!

First off, Happy New Years! Lets all cross our fingers that this year will bring lots of good news and memories to share. Here are a few highlights from 2015, enjoy.



When we both worked at a shoe store. Wing tips became an obsession.

Road Trip to California for the Live105BFD concert

Our first family photo with Orwell.


When we took Zindy hiking and she loves trotting along side us



On the rooftops with Mama and Sissy

Camping with Orwell

Another Road Trip through Idaho




On The Farm in Idaho







Second; New Years is a time when everyone wants to make changes. Personally, I love change and as a list maker, O-C-D organizer I tend to make unrealistic goals each year that I want to challenge myself with. Unfortunately these goals tend to work out for the first month-if not a week-and then I crash with the acceptance that I am only human. But It's 2016, and this year's change is going to be a good one, so lets make the type of goals we can keep!

Diets.
Diets are the number one change that people strive to make each new year. "I will eat absolutely no bread!" It can work, but for the majority of people out there, diets don't work. Instead, make a goal that is a bit more focused that you can stick to such as;  "I want to eat less sugar, and more green vegetables." Or "I want to cut back on soda and drink more water." The more small goals we make in our diet, the more likely we are to stick to them long term, and have a healthy outlook as a whole. 

Exercise.
Diet and exercise go hand and hand. For all those people who want to lose weight out there as your New Years resolution, don't get discouraged. I know you can do it. And here are some tips to help:

  1. Follow a Short-Term Fitness Challenge, then graduate to a new one. For 2016, there are some great and FREE challenges out there by fitness trainers everywhere. Try the new Toneitup 8 week challenge, or 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene. The videos and training plans are easily accessible and they give you a calendar to help you stick with it!
  2. Drop the scale, and look away.  Seriously, it isn't going to help you to obsess over single pounds. Did you know that if you were to drink one tall glass of water and then weigh yourself it would be equal to 1 pound? So try 8 glasses. Now, when you use the bathroom that goes away-not all at once- but it does gradually throughout the day. That is how easy it is to gain/lose pounds. Instead, focus on gaining muscle through weight training (by the way this increases pounds too) and burning fat through cardio. 
  3. Take a moment to breathe. And I mean BIG DEAP BREATHS. Increased oxygen helps you to be relaxed during your workouts, allowing you to complete that run, or last couple of reps.
  4. If you want to lose weight, you need to commit.  Once you decide not to eat that cheeseburger three days in a row, the fourth day becomes a lot easier... and the fifth, sixth, etc. Don't cheat. Don't make excuses.

Organization. 

Being organized is another common resolution for the new year. If you are OCD like me, then you make lists on a daily of the things you want to get done. It's hard to complete every single task, especially if you work a full time job, have kids and a family, go to school, etc.  Try this:

  1. Get a Calendar. On a calendar write your most important things to remember for the month, the week, and the day ahead of time. This makes remembering birth days, appointments, and other important dates much less of a chore. * Plus, the calendar only has so much room for tasks per day, forcing you to narrow down to your top three or four, instead of trying to finish everything in one day. 
  2. Invest in a few bins, boxes, and shelves to make organization a breeze.  This can be fun and creative if you make them yourself, or you can find inexpensive ones at your local craft store. I get mine from Hobby Lobby, they always have online coupons per week, and if you go on a Saturday evening you might just get the online coupons for both weeks.

Finances.
This one is tricky and this advice I can give from my 19 year old brain is to save. It can't hurt to save money. If you are lucky enough to get tips at your job, throw them in a jar and see how much you can add up each month, if not a few months at a time, to a year. You can also try adding $100-$200 dollars to your savings each month. It is important to save enough to have a small amount of cushion just in case sudden expenses pop up. It sucks to see your savings disappear, but it's better than a swipe to the credit card. 

Personal Goals.
I believe in making goals all throughout the year. Some should be short-term, and others long. But whatever it may be, do not get discouraged if it falls through. Things happen. Just because you didn't get that promotion at work doesn't mean you shouldn't stop working your booty off to impress your boss.  The most important thing to remember is: Goals are just that, Goals. Some may be more important and others not so much, but be happy with what you CAN do, and learn to accept what you can not.


My Top 10 New Years Resolutions for 2016:

  1. Produce more artwork
  2. Eat more good and less bad
  3. Drink water
  4. Exercise
  5. Continue to write music
  6. Get back into Belly Dance
  7. Spend more quality time with family
  8. Blog, because it's pretty much my diary
  9. Go to church. There's no such thing as too much Jesus
  10. Smile, everyone gets wrinkles eventually.
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