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Friday, January 23, 2015

When Do We Know Ourselves?

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Have you seen this note a boy wrote in response to a girl who asked him if he liked her?  What a mature and well thought out response. I wish I knew myself at 18, hell I wish I knew myself now.  I feel like I am constantly changing.  We all are because life is constantly changing.  We never seem to really become the people we thought we were going to become.  Instead our taste change, our desires and goals change, our families who surround us change, even our interest change.  What I do know as is that time is valuable.  We should use our time not only taking care of our necessary responsibilities but spend it with the people we love doing the things we really enjoy doing.  As I have gotten older I have learned to say no to things I don't enjoy, which is so to do hard at 18.  I have learned to accept that things don't always go your way.  Life can be hard and test you in ways you never dreamed possible but it teaches you to "just keep going".  I have learned to look at my life with such gratitude. I see all my blessing and I am so thankful for them.  Getting to know yourself is a hard lifelong process because we always changing.  However, as we get older we learn to decipher through all the bullshit a lot quicker, thank goodness!   
 
Have a great weekend!
 



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Year, New Food

 
With the New Year upon us and the holidays over, I like everyone else have been thinking about eating healthy.  Our usual meals are so boring.  I have been trying to come up with some new healthy meals the whole family can enjoy.  Lately, I am loving the meal in a bowl trend.   This blog,
I Will Not Eat Oyster, which is new to me, has my mouth watering with every picture.  

 
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Tracy at Shutterbean seriously makes everything look so delicious, even the quinoa.  My goal this year is to make quinoa that actually taste good.     


 
 
The Healthy Foodie makes these incredible looking Paleo meals and even Paleo desserts.  She makes cutting down on carbs look so tasty. 


 
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Around Here Lately

Missing all the family time we had over the holidays, especially my nephew.  It has been so rough getting back to our normal routine, we are really struggling this week. 

 
Missing having a fresh tree with lights in the house. 
 

We made Ina Garten's Sunday Rib Roast for Christmas dinner and it was seriously the best prime rib I have ever had.  The rib bone is on there but what I did was have the butcher cut the rib bone off but then put it back together with twine, so you get all the flavor but it is way easier to cut and serve.  The weird thing is you really only add salt and pepper.  I had to hold myself back from adding more seasoning or something because it looked so bland. However, I did add enough salt to create a salt crust.  I think that helps keep the meat moist.  Honestly, I could eat this every Sunday and I know 3 teenage boys who wish we could eat this every Sunday. 



Back to work.


 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!


I not a huge fan of resolutions because I feel like they can just add extra pressure to one's life.  It's that double edge sword, I mean you always want to be doing better, learning and growing but also you don't want to feel like a failure if you don't reach some unattainable goal you set for yourself on New Year's.  I saw this image from Lauren Conrad and I thought this is a good way to narrow down your goals and focus on specific ideas.



Then I decided to create my own even simpler list.  I thought it would help me center my thoughts, they have a tendency to wander.  I know one of my main goals is to lose some weight, it's just time I focus on my health.  I want to gain a space of my own.  It hasn't even been a year since I sold my house but by the end of this year I would like to be settled into a new home.  I think we are always learning, it is and should be an ongoing process.  This year I need a warm beach vacation anywhere.  Plus I've always wanted to go away by myself for a weekend and this year seems like a good time to try to get away alone.   

 
 
Happy New Year!
 
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Plus Size New Year's Eve Looks



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I keep telling myself one of these days I an going to get all dressed up and go out for a nice dinner and dancing on New Year's Eve.  Maybe that should be my New Year's resolution for next year?  There are so many beautiful plus size dresses now that would be perfect for such an occasion.  I love the first outfit, that skirt is so beautiful. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Becoming Minimalist

 
 
This blog, Becoming Minimalist, is really a great reminder of how we go through life just doing what we have always done without really thinking about what we are doing.  I was reading this post about consumerism and I know I fall into this trap.  I like stuff, designer stuff, stuff on sale, clothes, shoes, books, you name I like it/want it.  This isn't how I want to be.  I have spent the last few years really thinking about my purchases.  I try to ask myself, is this something that is made well and will not go out of style?  Is it something that will add to my quality of life?   However, after reading this post again I realized there are so many other ways I can tame my consumerism.   I am beginning to understand my weaknesses and to experiment with tighter budgets on food, clothing and extras.  
 
I also, found this post on Television so interesting.  I do watch TV a lot.  I enjoy it and I guess it sort of gives me something to do at night.  However, now that I am thinking about not only the financial cost but the physical cost as well.  My new goal for me this year is to cut back on my screen time.  I may even get brave enough to cancel my cable.