New Years Chit-Chat

Happy New Year, Everyone! Christmas decorations are stored away and I’ve eaten my last cookie (wishful thinking.) I hope each and every one of you had a magical holiday season spent with family and friends. I took a much needed hiatus from all aspects of work and soaked in each second of the past twelve days off. Working 40 hours a week, being a new mom & wife, keeping up with blogging, maintaining a social life and taking care of two crazy dogs; It has become so hard to take time for myself or my family. I definitely needed a break, but I am back now and so ready to tackle 2019.

‘Tis the season for resolutions! 2018 was such an amazing year for my family. From bringing my daughter into this world, traveling with family, balancing careers; I felt an exceptional amount of personal growth this year. With this growth I found things I wanted to work on, goals I want to set and dreams I strive to reach in 2019.

Of course, just like most, I hope to live a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle this year. Although I am an omnivore through and through, I definitely could use some additional plant-based dishes in my life. Which is perfect because another one of my goals for this year is to experiment more in the kitchen and really step outside my comfort zone. I hope to get extra creative with some fun vegan/vegetarian options and try tons of new things. Eating healthy can be so, so delicious (and easy!) I would love to create some basic recipes that are attainable AND healthy.  To achieve a more sustainable life, other than just eating more plant-based meals, I hope to take better initiative towards recycling and to cut out the non-recyclable plastics in our home (it’s so easy to ditch these items and replace them with reusable ones!) I’m going to plant more fruits, vegetables, and herbs this spring and summer and eat more locally.

I hope to expand this platform from more than just recipes. I want to bring you into my life and give you a little glimpse here and there of affordable fashion, DIY projects, parenting, health & fitness, etc. To be completely honest, I do not make notable recipes every single day. I would be burnt out if I did. I can share with you all what we do for meals when we’re just too busy/tired to cook. I want this blog to be fun and relatable, and that’s not going to happen if I let you think I’m Susie Homemaker. I think that by letting you into my life and sharing other aspects of it with you, it can become a community; Where you can just grab a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and hang out with me.

Blogging has been something I dreamt about doing for years. In fact, I’m pretty sure my last four New Year’s Resolutions have been to launch one. I’ll never forget spending my tax refund on a fancy camera four years ago and saying, “Okay! This is it. I’m going to do it.” And then, something deep inside myself telling me not to. Fun Fact: I still have never used that dang camera (accepting all and any help on how the heck to use it!!) It has been so eye opening coming to the realization that I was the only one holding me back from my dreams. To think, “Where could I be now if I had just let go of my fears?” When I started this blog back in September, I promised myself I would never again be my own worst enemy. From that point forward I would put my demons to rest. I would cheer myself on, just like my friends and family had been doing for me since day one. I am so excited for this year of sharing my recipes and bits & pieces of my life on this platform. I encourage all of you to find that thing that sets your soul on fire. Find it and do whatever it takes to make it happen. You can do anything (and everything) you set your mind to. You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.

I would love to hear what all of your New Year’s Resolutions are! What are your goals? What do you hope to improve on in this new year? The pages are blank, so let’s fill them in together! Also, I would love to know some things you would like to see on here and my other social platforms!

I hope your 2019 is AMAZING and that you don’t forget about all these hopes and dreams come February. Imagine what it would feel like this time next year, to look back and say, “WOW, I did it!” Wishing you all health and happiness.