Posts tagged ‘Resolutions’

January 2, 2013

Hello, 2013. It’s a Pleasure to Meet You.

My birthday, the holidays and ringing in the new year has officially come and gone in the blink of an eye. What a whirlwind the last month or so has been! Ever since Vegas, I’ve been go, go, go. As you can see, blogging has been low on the priority list between all the celebrating, baking, working, ’tis the season shopping and wrapping. Welp, sue me. Let me get you up to speed. The night before my birthday, my nearest and dearest gathered at my apartment for chili, wine and Christmas cookies with tons of laughs in between, just what I wanted. Mike was out of town on business for my actual birthday and I may have had a mid-20 crisis/breakdown (ahem, when I say mid-20, I of course mean 23…), but luckily Emily came to the rescue for a quick sweat sesh and dinner at the new Tommy Bahama restaurant. Hey, it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to. Our meal was too good, as was the company (Em, her dad, Bob, and Bob’s girlfriend, Dianne). Live music, a tropical setting–I literally felt like I was on vacation–and birthday cake? Perfection. Thanks again! Mike made up for his absence the following day with a perfect-for-me dinner of salmon and roasted veggies over quinoa and a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. I’m. So. Spoiled.

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Soon enough, it was Christmas. I headed back to Connecticut for good food, family and thoughtful gifts (13.1 was a common theme!) with new traditions and a new stove…FYI the holidays are never a good time for a stove malfunction but luckily, ours went on the fritz the day before Christmas Eve. Plenty of time to scramble and get a new one, right? 2012 had its fair share of ups and downs. I was in and out of New York interning, cruised with some of my bests for spring break, graduated from UConn, mourned the loss of two family members, enjoyed a summer of a whole lot of nothing, moved into Manhattan with my boyfriend of 5 years and started my dream career. I ran [my first] two half marathons, tackled a Tough Mudder and ran up the mountain I’ve skied down since I was a tot. I went dairy and gluten-free after suffering from tummy troubles for years. Fellow recent grads can probably relate when I say that this has been a weird limbo chapter of my life but certainly an exciting one. I’ve embraced city living more than I ever had expected although I still all too often find myself retreating to my comfort zone. This year, I need to start living, as I’ve put it. I have an itch to explore, learn and try new things. I have set an ambitious goal of six half marathon races this year, I want to get my spin on (SoulCycle every other week with my old roomie, Allie, why not!?) and have decided my body needs yoga again. Like desperately. Oh, and I have already signed up for another obstacle mud race in the summer. I never thought I’d say that. If 2012 has taught me anything, it is to be grateful for all that I have, appreciate loved ones and be patient, for hard work always pays off in the end. So cheers to 2012 but boy am I glad to start fresh this year. Let’s do it.
What fit goals/resolutions do you have set for 2013?

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

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December 31, 2011

2012

This time of the year always makes me reminiscent and the past few days I’ve been thinking a lot about all of the fond memories that will forever mark 2011. It’s hard to fully put into words how blessed I am to have had the opportunities to grow, laugh and continue to surround myself with love.

Before I get all sappy, let me talk a little bit about 2012. As for resolutions, I want to get into yoga. I went to my first vinyasa yoga class with two friends the other night and am STILL sore. I loved every second of it. Relaxing but a challenge. I’m determined to improve. My other resolution: to soak up ever last second of my senior year. One semester stands between me and real life. It’s surreal!

This evening is going to be very low key. A big pot of chili is on the stove, a bottle of wine is chilling in the refrigerator and a movie will most likely be rented. My one and only will be by my side (after he gets out of work…) and for me, that’s all I need. 

Happy New Year! See you in 2012. As Oprah said, “Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.” 
What are your New Year’s resolutions?

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

January 5, 2011

Resolutions

Happy New Year! First and foremost, I apologize for my hiatus. Between computer problems (my good ol’ MacBook is back in action…finally!) and the holidays, not to mention my winter intersession class, yuck, I’ve had what I believe to be a much-needed respite. I’m back, though, fully prepared for what this year has to offer and that includes keeping up with 2010’s found passion, Sprinkled with Love! I am humbled by the viewership traffic and warm comments both on posts, as well as in person. I hope they keep on coming in the upcoming year! As I rang in 2011, I made myself a few promises I intend on sticking to this year starting with blogging more often (#1).

#2. Be greener. I am one of the guilty Poland Spring bottle abusers…my family buys big cases of them and therefore there is always one in my purse. Shame on me. The Playtpus Softbottle, as seen below, on Reuseit.com is super nifty and great for on-the-go! When you’re done, all you have to do is roll it up and reuse later. Nalgene bottles and the like are of course another solution. I also hope my roommates and I start recycling more. I intend on bringing my own eco-friendly bags to the grocery store to limit my plastic/paper bag usage. Little things along these lines go a long way. We can all reduce our carbon footprint!


#3. Don’t stress about trivial matters, especially when they are out of my own control. Do I need to go into great detail on this one? I don’t think that is necessary…


#4. Appreciate the little things. Congratulate, thank and encourage the hearts of others. Positive reinforcement goes a long way. Remind friends and family that I love them often because I am blessed to be surrounded by such remarkable people.

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#5. No gym = not an option. Exercising gets the endorphins flowing and works out my frustrations. It is a necessity for both my mental and physical health so no excuses.

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.” Ellen Goodman

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren