2013

Wrapping up 2013!

The past week has been a busy one! With Christmas, New Years, and everything in between, it’s been a whirlwind. 2013 was an amazing year & I have only the highest expectations for the next three hundred and sixty five days! I’m glad I’ve semi-kept up with my blog! Today is technically it’s 2 year anniversary. I started this little side-project as a 2012 New Years resolution. Since then, it’s become more of a journal/scrap book for myself – and for friends and family to see what I’ve been up to. I prefer posting updates and pictures here as opposed to Facebook – I hope to continue building my little baby in the new year:)

To wrap up 2013, I wanted to share some pictures from the holidays! ๐Ÿ™‚

The last day of work before Christmas, my boss surprised my coworker & I with new sets of golf clubs! I'm excited to upgrade :)
The last day of work before Christmas, my boss surprised my coworker & I with new sets of golf clubs! I’m excited to upgrade ๐Ÿ™‚
Christmas Eve. My sister and I
My sister and I on Christmas Eve! It started snowing as we were making the rounds to visit family ๐Ÿ™‚
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve pics with my sister & cousin, Jordan
Christmas cookies
The most perfect homemade Christmas cookies I’ve ever seen
Christmas morning
Christmas morning!
All of our gifts had random names on them - my mom had a master key to ID which belonged to whom lol
All of our gifts had random names on them – my mom had a master key to ID which gifts belonged to whom lol
My Mom & Dad designed these custom notebooks, pens & stickys for my blog :)
My Mom & Dad designed these custom notebooks, pens & stickys for my blog ๐Ÿ™‚
My cute parents. My Dad was annoying her haha
My cute parents. My Dad was annoying her haha
I don't think my little Cam could be anymore perfect now! Best gift EVER!
I don’t think my little Cam could be anymore perfect now! Best gift EVER!
So many wonderful gifts from my family - a few faves :)
So many wonderful gifts from my family – a few faves ๐Ÿ™‚
A Michael Minelli "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" viewing party
A little Michael Minelli “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” viewing party
Pre-Kbell Christmas throwback
Pre-Kbell Christmas throwback
Is this a match made in heaven or what?! LOL
Is this a match made in heaven or what?! LOL
Christmas Manis! Red for my sis, a green glitter for me: Sinful Colors 1102 "KISSY"
Christmas Manis! Red for my sis, a green glitter for me: Sinful Colors 1102 “KISSY”
Christmas with the family
Love, love, love – Christmas with the family <3
Cousins hockey game :)
My cousin Paul’s hockey game ๐Ÿ™‚
My brother looking freshhh!
My brother looking freshhh!
Shopping post-pedi :)
Shopping with my Mom & sis – post-pedi ๐Ÿ™‚
Got lots of knitting in :)
Got lots of knitting done! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #OldLadyStat
Prince concert!
Mike and I were invited to the Prince concert at Mohegan Sun! It was an amazing show, and we met some pretty awesome new people ๐Ÿ™‚
PRINCE
PRINCE
NYE Mani - Gelish "Iron Princess"
NYE Mani – Gelish “Iron Princess”
Loving my new gloves  :) :) :)
Loving my new gloves ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
Happy New Year XO
Happy New Year XO

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous, exciting, rewarding, challenging & fulfilling new year!

XOXO

Two Thousand Thirteen

It’s been a long while, and I have missed this. The last time I posted was the day before the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The tragedy hit so close to home, literally…and I was so emotionally distraught afterwards that I felt I had nothing relevant, important or worthy to write about… so I decided to take a little break from blogging. Then came the holidays, and we all know how crazy that time of the year is. So here we are, January 2nd, and in a new year. I don’t know about you, but it feels really good to me.

2012 was a learning year for this girl – personally and professionally. I did a lot of thinking, changing and growing, and I am really pleased with where I am in this very moment. I feel more driven, confident, and inspired than ever before, and plan to carry that positive energy with me through 2013.

One of my 2012 New Years Resolutions was to start this blog. I must say it was one of the only resolutions that I saw through, and I am so proud of myself for doing so. My little blog has become a very special part of my life and somewhat of a therapeutic outlet. Aside from the joy it’s brought to me, I love that it has brought joy to others. This hobby of mine has allowed me to meet some incredible people, and get to know others on a more personal level. Whether they are old acquaintances, or classmates, new readers, or fellow bloggers – this little webpage right here has helped me connect with them all, and I am so grateful for that!

I wanted to take some time to share a few of my 2013 Resolutions with you. Sharing my goals with others holds me accountable, and who knows, maybe some of you have similar resolutions this year. Here we go:

1) Cut out the negative. People are always saying to cut the negative out of your life, but not many actually do so. This is something that has become first priority for me in the past few months, and I already feel like a new person. I cannot stress how important it is. Do not give anyone or anything the ability to bring you down. Don’t waste your time worrying about what others are doing, or thinking, or saying. Don’t compare yourself to somebody else. Don’t tell yourself that you’re not good enough, or that you can’t do something. Cut out negative people, influences, and thoughts. Let go! Be positive. All of the time.

2) Save money. This is always a goal of mine, but this year I have some bigger financial commitments looming and I want to stay on track. I am grateful to have not a dollar of debt, but it’s not easy. I pay cash for everything, and there are weeks where my bank account sees single digits, but it is worth it in the end. I’ve lived on a budget before and plan to set up a new budget over the next couple of weeks. (I think that might be a good post) ๐Ÿ™‚

3) Give more time. To my family, to my friends, to strangers, to anyone who needs it. I feel that I made a good effort over the last year to spend more time with my loved ones, but there is always room for improvement. My entire life I’ve done a lot of volunteer work, I’m still technically a Girl Scout and have volunteered through council as recent as last year, my ย sorority in college was very involved on a local and national level, and ย my current job allows me to be involved in a number of organizations, but I want to make an effort to give more. Especially in light of recent tragedies, natural disasters, etc – there has been a lot of loss. I have so much, and it’s only right to give to those who don’t.

4) Pursue my passions. I started taking classes in September for something that I am extremely passionate about. I don’t want to share it just yet, but it is something that I plan to learn inside and out, master, and incorporate into my future. I’ve been itching to post about it, but I think I’m going to hold off a little while longer! Stay tuned – I’m really proud of this one ๐Ÿ™‚

I am looking forward to 2013, a fresh year makes for a fresh start. Overrated or not, I think that it’s important to make some resolutions for yourself. There’s no time like the present.

Balloons

Happy New Year everyone! XOXO

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