Happy 2016! And crop tops!

First off, HAPPY 2016!  What did you do to ring in the New Year?

We did our usual, we threw a little shindig for our friends, but if you could believe it, I was having so much fun I forgot to take pictures of the night, and you’re just going to have to take my word that it happened ūüôā

The highlight of the night was Austin and some of the boys cracking open some Chinese liquor that Austin got from the last time he was in China, from a vendor.  They all took a shot from the bottle, sniffed it, put a drop on my tongue, and decided that this was not the alcohol for me.

But shouting out the countdown was really fun, and staying up and talking late to friends, especially when it seemed like we were sort of every which way for the holidays.

Time for a right turn as we zoom, head first, into 2016.

How do you feel about crop tops?

I love crop tops. ¬†I don’t get to wear them as much as I used to because I’m an adult and self-adornment by crop top is highly discouraged in any professional setting. ¬†But I was gifted an extremely cute crop-top from my boss at a studio in Cary, and my love for crop tops was reignited a few weeks ago.

But, I wasn’t always that way. ¬†Until I lost a few pounds, I was convinced that crop tops were only for skinny people with gorgeous stomachs. ¬†I waited until I lost a really decent amount of weight to venture into H&M and I purchased my first crop swing, a top that you seriously could wear with anything and look good. ¬†It wasn’t until recently that I realized something.

My body, your body? ¬†It’s not for someone else’s consumption. ¬†Therefore, if you’d like, you can wear a crop top at any size or shape, with reckless abandon. ¬† Because what someone else might think doesn’t matter!

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Pretty sure this was my first crop top ūüôā

I work hard in the gym. ¬†But these days, I’m really trying to work harder on not being so hard on myself. ¬†Meaning, not spending time looking at my tummy in the mirror, turning to the side, and checking to see if I’m developing a beer gut. ¬†Not really picking myself apart as much.

How was your New Year’s Eve?

Will you be wearing a crop top this year?  

Lifelong Resolutions

I kinda never make resolutions. ¬†I’ve always thought that resolutions are a way to set oneself up for failure, but there are some changes I really want and need to make now, not just the moment the clock strokes midnight on January 1st. ¬†These thoughts are thoughts that sort of started out foggy in my mind over the past few months, and have become clearer and clearer as I’ve run trails and started to outline my training plans for the past few months. ¬†To be clear, I wholeheartedly wish there was a word I could use, other than resolution to describe what it is I would like to do more of, but that’s all this is – a list of things that I’d love to do more¬†for the rest of my life, not just for 2015.

  • Spend more time with my husband. ¬†Me and my husband are both super active, and on a normal day, we wake up, go to work (very very hard), work out at some point during the day, sometimes more than once, and by the time we get home, it is sometimes past 8pm. ¬†We cook dinner, and by the time all is said and done, we’ve barely spent 30 minutes together. ¬†We went on a trail run together on Sunday, and while running, we decided that if it means that we need to get up early to work out together at least one day a week, we will do that to make sure we get to spend sometimes together. ¬†I love spending time with him.
  • Continue being more responsible with my money. ¬†My husband is awesome with money, and helped me start doing everything Ramsey-style. ¬†I now operate nearly 100% in cash, and am limited in what I spend each week. ¬†In addition to utilizing my cash envelope system, I would like to continue either working at Fleet Feet one weekend for a month, or start earning some sort of supplemental income in order to help me pay down my student loans faster, and to completely pay off my car – especially in the event that my dear 2008 starts to go and I need to consider buying a new car.
  • Grow my business casual wardrobe. ¬†I can get away with some of my more fitnessy pieces at work, especially given that I teach a ton of classes, but I need to grow my business casual wardrobe. ¬†I’m 27, and wearing Nike and New Balance head to toe doesn’t fly at Director’s Meetings. ¬†IN ADDITION to this goal, I MUST get better with packing my gym bag. ¬†So when I wear my fancier pieces to work, packing a bag with some makeup and workout clothes is a must. ¬†Which ties into my next life goal….
  • Getting up early enough/going to bed early enough so that if I want to work out in the morning I can, and so I won’t be rushing around like an animal in the mornings like I always am. ¬†I know I’m going to have to start with baby steps – you can’t just lay down at 9 and expect to be dead asleep, but I figure if I try going to sleep at least 30 minutes earlier than usual, even that will help me.
  • Be and stay more organized. ¬†This means making full use of my Sugar Paper planner (which I’m not a million percent sure I’m in love with yet), and full use of my Google Calendar, which I’ve been using a ton since starting the new job. ¬† Additionally, this means pre-scheduling a lot more of posts here. ¬†I have made some use of that feature, and it saves so much time and allows me to focus on reading other blogs when I actually do it! ¬†I have made baby steps toward becoming more organized, but would like to continue to grow in this area.

So that’s my list of changes I’d like to make. ¬†These are so important to me, not fulfilling these goals is not optional at all.

What are some of your goals for the next year, or maybe, the rest of your life?

I’m late to everything.

Including the thing where you like make your New Years’ (or is it New Year’s) resolutions like on December 31st to start them on the 1st. ¬†But I have a good excuse, I was traveling all over, but I have been really thinking long and hard about my resolutions for a while, and I’m just now bringing them to you.

Oh well. ¬†Have me arrested if you’re like offended I waited so long. ¬†But this sort of thing takes thought. ¬†Plus blogging takes time, you dang millenials always want instant gratification ūüėČ

So my goals for last year went as follows.

1.¬†Spanish! I’m super annoyed I didn’t learn it as a child, because it makes communicating very difficult and I think my adult brain is far too dense to be conjugating verbs. Nevertheless, it’s something that needs to be done. I think it’s absolute ignorance that I have not done so already.
2.¬†Positivity.¬† I can be extremely sarcastic,¬†and a few years ago, a friend of mine interpreted that as me “always being angry”.¬† I made a conscious effort to, even when I’m not feeling like it, say nice things.¬† I try not to text, Tweet, or Facebook nasty or negative things, and I try to smile a lot more.¬† I promise, it has made the¬†hugest¬†difference in my happiness. ¬†I’d like to continue on that path.
3. And finally…drumroll please?¬†Housekeeping. ¬†I am the worst housekeeper on the face of the planet. ¬†That’s not to say that my apartment looks like a pigsty, it’s just to say I have to move mountains to¬†keep¬†it clean. ¬†I’m like every normal person not featured on Hoarders, I like things neat, smelling fresh, and orderly, but to keep in that way is a feat of titanic proportions. ¬†And then I have these friends like Alexa and Kelly, and you walked into their duplex any time of the day and it looked gorgeous and always smelled wonderful. ¬†Jealous. ¬†I’d like to work more at maintaining order around my home.

So first, how did I do?

  1. As far as my¬†Spanish, it still sucks. ¬†But Austin bought Rosetta Stone, we’re actually doing it, and we’re toying with the idea of spending a lot of time in Costa Rica for immersion school. ¬†More on that later.
  2. Positivity was good, especially in the face of some really, really crappy things to happen to my family last year, including the death of my grandmother and my mother’s stroke. ¬†But a lot of good happened this year, and I think I was able to focus on that, which is why I never like, had to be committed to a mental health institution – though sometimes I felt a little peanuts.
  3. Housekeeping. ¬†Yikes. ¬†I think I actually got worse with that, especially after I started working full-time. ¬†That one’s going back on the list.

So, what are my resolutions for 2014?

  1. Get better at money management. ¬†Save a certain amount of money. ¬†I have more concrete details on the amount, but that’s between me and my banker, ¬†not for your nosy self! ¬†But I have two books on money management, so I would like to read them by March 1st and begin implementing more strategies to manage better. ¬†I¬†should have a handle on where my money is going at my age.
  2. Be more conscientious. ¬†Austin is incredible conscientious about everything. ¬†He gets everywhere he’s supposed to be on time. he sends thank-yous, he pays his bills on certain days, he always knows where his keys are, and never seems scattered like his lovely wife-to-be. ¬† I’d like to work on that by straightening up more every day, putting my keys in the same place always, and checking the mail daily so bills never come as a not-so-lovely surprise.
  3. Get up early one day per week. ¬†¬†I suck at anything morning related, but I’d like to get up early one day a week to run, to go to yoga, or just to get to work a little earlier than usual. ¬†This dawdling I do has¬†got to stop!
  4. Be a better friend. ¬†I’m getting married this year, and even though some will change, I don’t want my friendships to fall by the wayside. ¬†Even though we all are incredibly busy, for the friends who actually will make the effort, I’d like to make the effort for them. ¬†Meet up for workout dates, coffee, dinners, and girl time.
  5. And finally, I’d like to stick to my healthy lifestyle, and not fall off the wagon. ¬†I think when you work full time, you get married, and life starts to go in a million different directions the YOU part of the equation tends to get forgotten about. ¬†I still want to take care of myself, and maybe look a little better than I did when the year started.

Tell me, what were some of your resolutions?  

 

Veggie Dinner

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Veggie dinner is my technical term for the kind of dinners I usually go for on nights after NYE celebrations. Too much cupcakes, too much champagne, and too much of a bellyache that next day.

So the day after too much celebrating, I’ll stir fry up so veggies, throw some eggs in there, and I swear, it tastes just like Chinese food, without the greasy stomachache after. Light on the cals, and light on your tummy!

What’s your go-to post celebration meal?

Happy New Year!

Goodbye 2013. ¬†I’m not too sad to see you go. ¬†And I feel like everyone I’ve talked to had one of the most intense years in their life. ¬†And for me, it was no different.

But enough about all that.

Last night, we threw one heck of a New Years Eve party to say goodbye to 2013 (good riddance kinda), and usher in 2014, in what I hope will be one of the best years ever.

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We made some nachos that we (I) inhaled for the festivities.

This is all we have left of a night that was full of laughter, music, champagne, and these amazingly stunning cupcakes that a friend made and brought.  They were tangy and champagny and awesome.

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The guest who brought these said she was planning on these for her sister’s shower. Can I get an invite please? They were so licious!

I only had one of these.  I also stole two extras and hid them in the fridge where no one could find them.  Woops!

So I’m embarking on my first run of 2014, and feeling loved, happy, and¬†extremely hopeful about the upcoming year. ¬†I am so thankful for good friends, good cupcakes, good running, and good alcohol.