Friday, January 1, 2010


First, I have to say that there is nothing better than waking up to a new year with a clear head and healthy body, hangover free! Last night was a very low-key night. We left Prescott when Hank got off of work and arrived at my parents' around 8pm. Our family from New York was in town, and everyone was hanging out and eating yummy food, so we joined right in. We all played Catch Phrase and then watched the ball drop. Hank and I toasted with our family at midnight with Trader Joe's sparkling cider, and then I enjoyed 2010's first kiss with the man of my dreams. We were in bed by 12:30am. They say the way you spend your New Year's Eve is indicative of your upcoming year. If this is in fact true, then we couldn't have done it better. I was surrounded by the people I love most, enjoying fun games and great food. I hope this next year is just like that- full of family and happiness. Looking back, 2009 was a great year. It was full of laughter and happy hearts, traveling and friendship. It also included small disappointments, health scares and sadness. Like any other year, it had its ups and downs. I'm assuming that 2010 will be the same way, and I am definitely welcoming any and all of it with open arms. One thing I do have this upcoming year that I didn't have last is one more year of experience in handling those negative things. I feel like I'm at a place in my life where the bad things don't throw me as much; it's a good place to be. At the start of this decade I was enjoying my Senior year of high school, enjoying life but having no idea where I was going; I was a typical 17-year old. Who would have guessed that 10 years later I would be married to the love of my life, living in a dream of our own creation. It's mind-blowing. To me, this isn't just the end of a year, or a decade. This is the beginning of a new stage of our life. 2010 has promise, and I'm incredibly curious to see how this all pans out.

This year I do have 3 things I'm planning on working on-

1) getting healthier- I am definitely health conscious, and I work out a lot, but I would like to focus on mixing it up more and doing one thing in particular- going to the gym before work at 5am. I went off birth control because I felt that it wasn't healthy for me to have synthetic hormones in my body, and since going off I've gained a few pounds. Last time I went off I experienced the same thing and I hate it! So I'd like to get to my comfortable weight and then work on doing new and exciting things with my body like climbing, new dance/aerobic classes, etc.

2) saying goodbye negative people/talking- This past year I did a great job of ridding negative, rotten people from my life. I managed to do this without hard feelings...those people kind of just drifted away and out of my/our life and I am so happy about that. In 2009 I made the decision that I would only surround myself with people that made my heart happy, and with that decision I did lose a few friends. I am so much happier now though, and I feel so much more at peace. I have a little ways to go, but I feel 2010 will see the completion of this goal. Family and the few friends that are like my family are really the main things of importance in my life. Everything else is secondary, and if you are going to bring any sort of dramatics or negativity into my life, I have no desire to let you in. Furthermore, on the subject of negativity in general, I would really like to get to the point where I don't discuss anyone in a negative way. I am definitely guilty of this, and it's such an ugly trait. I don't do it a lot, but when I get with certain people this part of my personality comes out, and I hate it. I shared this goal with some of my girlfriends yesterday and they both said "You don't do that!" but I know I do. That feeling I get in my stomach after I know I haven't been the best person is horrible. So, with that said...I'm going to try my best to stop negative talking about anyone.

3) continue blogging- This year I've done the best job of really documenting my life. There's been times where I feel uncomfortable with being so public, and I feel odd about so many strangers being in my world, but at the same time it's really fun and I've met some awesome people through this little blogosphere, as well as kept in touch with faraway friends and family. I hope in 2010 I continue to be as thorough in my writing and photos.

So here we go 2010! I'm so happy to meet you.


  1. in 2009 i said goodbye to negative people that were in my life, too. i like surrounding myself with people that make me happy.


    hope you are having a happy new year!

  2. excellent goals! i too have been trying to rid myself of negative people. i lost one of my best friends of many years this year because i finally realized all of the drama and negativity she was bringing into my life. she was one of those people who got joy out of turning people against one another and then making them feel like the "bad guy." it's sad to lose friends, but since she moved out i have finally felt happy with where i am in my other friendships.

    good luck on your goals, and happy new year!

    xoxo, Eden

  3. awesome goals! It's sometimes hard letting go of negative people, but it's so much harder being around the darkness they carry with them. Hope you have a fabulous 2010:)

  4. Happy new year! ^_^ Wishing you the very best!

    Great goals for 2010. I agree that it is important to rid yourself of people & things that don't make your heart happy. I am trying to do that as well. It is tough, but in the long run, it will be what your heart needs.
    Give your time to those things and those people who really make you smile.

    My goals are all over the place for 2010. I hope to get them on paper tonight :)

  5. i love your positive example. it always makes me feel encouraged to read your posts and inspires me to try to make my life better.

    excited for you and all your goals for the new year!

  6. Great goals, my main goal this year is to get fit and healthy. I dont think I can get to the gym at 5am though I love sleeping to much.
    Happy New Year!

  7. oh dear, am i spending 2010 in bed alone, shovelling tortilla chips into my face? eek haha! x

  8. Sounds like a great NYE, and some good resolutions. Happy new year!

  9. Those are some excellent and positive goals! I know what you mean about the negative people! I did the same in 2009 without looking back...feels wonderful! I wish you the best in 2010!

  10. Your post altogether, especially your goals and writing about negative people drifting away from you, has been really reassuring to me! Its comforting to know that we all go through similar hard times in life, yet when reflecting on it... we realise it actually did us some good. thanks for sharing :) xx

  11. i've been trying to rid my life of negative people for a while also. and just negativity in general. i have a ways to go but it's inspiring to read about someone else doing the same thing. i think it's amazing that you quit drinking. you seem to have excellent discipline and will power. 5 am workouts!? yeah, you are pretty much a very positive role model so thank you for putting yourself out there for all us strangers, it's spreading positivity!

  12. I'm right there with ya on the getting rid of negativity in your life; it's on my list too! Good luck on the rest of your goals. Cheers, dollface.

  13. Hey! great post today! a very positive and motivating one! =)
    I just want to ask you something.. I'm french, and i'm studing in order to become a spanish teacher. I'm in my third year (there are 5 in France) and I just would like to know how do you prepare your class? An did you have ever had to change the program you had prepared for your students because (i mean "for") them? like something more adapted to their personnalities? i don't know if you understand me, my english is just so bad! haha! but don't worry, my spanish is a lot better !:)

    thanks for writting such beautiful posts!

    Take care!


  14. Goal #2 is one of my goals this year too! Positive in 2010! It really is amazing how ridding the negativity can real change your mood/world for the best! & yes please for #3 I so enjoy reading your blog! Thank you for always sharing! Happy new year to you & yours!


  15. 2 things, one: i may steal your 2010 picture, its lovely how its made into a heart! and two: i said goodbye to the negative people in my life in 2009 too, i succeeded, and i will continue to succeed in that aspect in 2010 & on. goodluck in 2010 love.

  16. I don't think there is such a thing as being too healthy, so I'm with you on your health goal.

    happy new year!