2015 is upon us… does anyone else find that as insane as I do? I really feel like 2014 just flew by. It was a a pretty crazy year for me, with an amazing trip to Europe and fun moments with friends & family, but also lots of work (aka stress) the rest of the year that took over my life and effected my health. As I look back, I am so thankful for all that I’ve learned and I’m ready to tackle 2015 with some big resolutions. They aren’t much different than what I was inspired by in Europe, I am only more determined by not accomplishing them in 2014:
- Nourish my body – I’ve really taken a step back in what I eat due to convenience and it’s certainly not making me feel great. My goals for this year are to meal-plan weekly to ensure I am getting adequate protein and veggies, to shop local & organic at the Farmer’s Market at least twice per month, and to cook from scratch at a minimum of 5 times per week. This used to be routine for me, so I know it’s realistic to achieve. I am not really a calorie counter or weight watcher, but I am committed to consistently tracking what I eat on an app and making goals to lose weight & inches where needed in order to keep myself accountable.
- Get moving – I need to exercise more, plain and simple. I got a Jawbone UP 24 for Christmas (loving it so far, by the way!) and it is astounding how little I move throughout the day. I’ll never reach my step goal if I don’t do some intentional fitness daily. I want to explore more resistance training to build muscle and get back on my spin bike that’s just sitting upstairs. And, again, I want to take more walks with my sweet puppy who so loves them.
- Learn to relax – I am still trying to figure out what this means and how to accomplish it. I am hoping the two above goals aid in reducing stress, but I truly want to learn how to leave work at the office. I want to come home and be able to focus on my family and my health. Reading & writing are both so relaxing for me, and I want to read more health books, do a bit more research and share about it here on this blog. One main area I want to explore more this year is essential oils. I have been using them for a couple of years now and seeing great results, so I recently became a distributor with Young Living in hopes to share my experience with more people. There is so much to learn about these natural oils from plants that God provided to heal us. Plus, I have recently discovered how effective they are at helping me relax – I have the “Joy” and “Stress Away” blends in my diffuser right now bringing loveliness to my home.
I’ve said it before, but I am always astounded by how many people this blog has reached. I started it on New Year’s Day only 2 years ago thinking it would just be a way to keep myself accountable and share with friends and family. This year, I reached over 10,000 views! To close out 2014, I wanted to do a recap of the most popular posts of this year:
2nd Year Running Most Read Overall – Kombucha Home-Brew
Most Pinned on Pinterest – Health Foodie Series
Most Reader-Shared – Healthy Hygiene Routine & Part 2: Deodorant
Most Read Book Review – Coconut Oil
Most Read Post in 2014 – Emphasis on Hopeful
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Wishing you a healthy & hopeful 2015!