Moving Forward- Open Doors in 2014!

So I’m sorry I never finished my cookie countdown- I simply ran out of time. And I actually had posted double recipes in some posts, so I wouldn’t have made it to 15 days anyway…

I like to call today “Limbo Day.” It’s a day where everyone looks back at the past, while at the same time make promises for the future. I personally think this is a dangerous thing to do.

I know that’s a bold statement, but hear me out.

When we make goals based on past experiences, we lock ourselves in to only changing what we already know about ourselves. We keep the doors closed to ‘the unknown’ and we turn our backs on all the possibilities that are out there for us.

One year later, I launched a photography business with my husband, lost 30 lbs, became a VP of my local, am now a cross fit enthusiast, ¬†and a unit leader for my group of teachers‚Ķand I didn’t plan for ANY of it. I never made any resolutions last year, I just kept the doors open for change. And change I got!

I can only dream of all things that await me in 2014! As long as I keep the door open, good things will come.

So if there’s something you want for 2014- make one resolution:

Open the door for change. It may not be exactly what you were expecting, but it may be something better!!!

PS- New Year’s is totally hyped up anyway to sell gym memberships and diet programs. Don’t fall for it…

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Happy New Year!-Don’t Blow it on Resolutions

I’m so glad I started my diet 4 days ago and not today. I can positively tell you that if I started today, I wouldn’t be able to keep it going. I’m sure I’ll fail. Last night at dinner I was good- I had ONE tiny sip of a beer, ONE tiny bite of a pretzel and a half of a potato pancake. And I’m almost positive that wheat is the main culprit. After those bites, I almost instantly started itching, and the stomach pains that followed were insane. Despite the fact I drank too much when we got home, and I am still nursing a headache (coffee helps!), I feel good that I didn’t break the diet. There were MANY temptations, but I didn’t give in.

Like many, we all make today this monumental day of declaration of all that we want to change about ourselves. We treat today as some day of magic, where we cast ‘wishes’ of what we want different in our lives, and somehow we assume that by declaring them on this day, our wishes we be fulfilled. Sadly, two weeks later, so many of us give up because we don’t see the immediate results. What we don’t think about is many of the resolutions we make require HARD WORK. Loosing weight, eating healthy, getting organized, meeting people, starting a new career, making more money, being a ‘better’ person- these are all things that require us to CHANGE who we are, and that’s very hard to do. Many people treat things as ‘topical changes,’ when these changes are very internal and very personal.

Instead of spending the day thinking of all things that you don’t like about yourself, list all of the things you LOVE about yourself. And come up with resolutions to make those good qualities shine in the coming year. Those resolutions will be easier to keep!

And spend the day pampering you! Make your resolutions tomorrow!

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Happy New Year from Liz and Michael!