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Monthly Archives: December 2019

Its an end of a decade this year. Its amazing how much has changed in just 10 years. I went from a 30 year-old mom of one to now a mom of two with a new busy career. In the last 10 years, I’ve had my second child and completed graduate school. Our family has moved into a new house with a neighborhood full of kids. My daughter started junior high. Yup. Life has changed a lot in 10 years. Its busier but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

I’ve skipped the last couple of years of resolution making. This year, I’m not skipping it. I do better when I have a resolution. A goal to work towards. Something to focus on. I also due better when I write it out. So, here I am. Typing away and setting some goals.


  1. Focused Energy:  As a mom and a primary provider, I am pulled in so many directions. So much, it can be difficult to really enjoy my time and to not feel distracted by the never ending “To do” list. I want to be present for those I am with and the tasks I am completing. This year. I will focus my energy on what I am doing. I will feel present in the moment. How I will do that, I am not sure. I will work on some specific goals the first few weeks of 2020.
  2. Weight Management: This is very important to me. If you read my previous post, you know I will be starting Weight Watchers. I will be working on diet first and then, once I feel stable, will work on exercise. I will write more focused goals on this in the first month of the year.

2020 Word: Mindfulness 

Definition according to Webster: 1 : the quality or state of being mindful. 2 : the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis also : such a state of awareness.

I chose this word for several reasons. I want to work on being more present and less distracted. I want to also practice mindfulness in my thoughts and the emotional effect of said thoughts. I have been more negative in my self-thoughts which I believe has impacted and assisted in my weight-gain.

Bible Verse of the year: Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. -1 Peter 5:7

I’m not a anxious person. I don’t typically sit and worry about things that may or may not happen. However, I do have worries about what I plan to do and accomplish next year in both work and home life. I worry about failing at weight-loss as I have in the last two years. I also worry about our finances. This Bible verse reminds me that I am lucky to have a God who cares for me. For ME. I have nothing to worry about as He will take care of things. It will be difficult for me as I do enjoy having control over things. Learning to let go and act in FAITH is difficult for me. I plan to use this verse to help guide me through my goals.

Have you set New Year resolutions? If so, I’d love to hear from you. Please share below.

I’ve had such a busy last few years. I finished graduate school, started one new jobs, and changed job sites. It was a whirl wind. I’ve struggled with stress with the new responsibility and increased worked load. I am working about 55-60 hours a week. I’m not complaining, I love my job. It just difficult to find a balance between work and family life. So the part of my life that stopped was my health.

Between graduate school and my first 2 years of practice, I have gained over 50 pounds of weight.  Depressingly, I’m back at post-baby weight. I’ve completely stopped running and exercising. I feel the weight of my life changes. I hate it.

Starting next year, I need to get into better shape. I need to take control over my health. I’m sitting it here. Putting it out there that I am making a change. In hopes that I will be successful this time.

Today, I joined WW (weightwatchers). I will start using the app on the first of the year. I will begin making little changes to a better health. I may not have time (now) to exercise. But I can start monitoring what goes into my mouth. I can begin eating healthier. And so, that’s where I am. Heavier than I want and out of shape.

My goal is to document my journey at least weekly. My ask of you, help keep me accountable. Comment on my posts. Share your stories.

Do you have a weight-loss journey you’re starting? If so, share with me. Let’s be a support to each other. Have you been on a journey and been successful? Share that too. Other’s success can be a great motivator.