Currently…in 2015

IMG_6469Currently, wishing I had a view every morning (Lake Gaston)

I know. I know. It has been awhile since I have blogged. But I have been pondering what now. It is 2015. I mean this IS the year that I turn 40. Everyone, who is already 40, says this is the best of your years. You are going to love this decade. You just wait. Well, I am waiting. Not feeling it yet, but then again I do have another two months to have that moment. I can tell you what I have been currently up to lately…

appreciating…the small things. Like my husband’s laugh. My son’s deep knowledge of the human skeletal system. My daughter’s fashion choices. Lola’s cuteness. Movies. The gorgeous weather in Raleigh. I am also appreciating myself (I am predicting a future post on this subject). I love this quote: “You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

loving….Day Designer, my new day planner and personal daily agenda. It has been years since I have used a paper planner. I am not much of a list maker, but somehow this planner gets me organized. This organizer makes it easy for me to schedule my day, plan my meals, list my priorities, lets me see the big picture. It truly helps me lessen the chaos of what I need to do for the day. And at the end of the day, though I see how busy (and productive) I have been, I still manage to have time for me and for those important people in my life. FYI: I am still using my iPhone calendar, because that my shared calendar with my husband.

creating…blog content. And marketing strategies for my work. And I am looking into some photography classes so that I can create beautiful pictures. I saw pure joy on my daughter’s face as we looked at some photos when she was younger, but the pictures were all on my computer. My pictures are organized on my computer, but now it is time to CREATE albums.

eating…clean, and more home cooked meals. Now that I am more organized with my meal planning, I am enjoying cooking again. It is not a hurried meal, but a well thought out healthy meal for my family to enjoy. And though a couple days of the week we are running in and out of the house with activities, it makes me feel good that I have provided an enjoyable meal that can be eaten at different dinner times. So, if anyone has any good crock pot recipes (I use it about twice a week), please share with me.

reading…Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese. This book was written a few years ago and I am reading it now for my monthly book club. I love good, historical fiction and this one has not disappointed so far. I have to say I did not know much about Ethiopia, and this is giving me a new perspective.

listening…5 Seconds of Summer. My kids are obsessed with this band. Which means every time we are in the car I am being subjected to this Australian boy band. Of course, I find myself singing along since I know all the words by now.

watching…Stacy London is back. I have been watching Love Lust Run on TLC with my daughter. We watch re-runs of What Not to Wear, so I am glad there is something more current on. So far, so good. This 30 minute show goes by quick, especially if you fast-forward through the commercials. Though I do miss the duo of Stacy and Clinton.

 

 

Happy 2015

holiday cardHappy Everything!

That really does explain how I feel about the holidays’ and most importantly what I feel for the new year in 2015.

I hope that 2015 brings all of you love, peace and happy everything!

xoxo,
Tina

2014: My Life in Review

I have to say, 2014 was an interesting year in my life. Lots of ups and downs, and all arounds in my personal and professional life.

We are blessed to have had many travel opportunities this year with my family of four, and with my extended family and friends.

We started off the year going to Snowshoe, West Virginia. This was the first ski experience for the kids, and it was a blast! I am always amazed at how quickly kids can learn new sports. Of course, shopping and packing for this trip was a sport in itself, and I mastered what we need for a weekend ski trip.

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My international trip this year was going to France. The kids were super excited. We cheered on my husband as he completed his second IronMan, this time in Nice. After Nice, we spent a few days in Paris. Watching my kids interact with one another, seeing my daughter practice the French she learned in school, and watching my kids order escargots, frog legs, and duck. My husband and I had a proud moment as we saw that our kids are adventurous and good travelers.

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We also had some great family beach adventures this summer in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In the fall we went to Charlotte, North Carolina to attend the One Direction/5SOS concert and Carowinds. And we made new memories at our annual Lake Gaston trip with our family friends.

I finally got a tattoo! This was a big deal to me. I have been putting it off for so long. I am not sure why I was so hesitant. I am really glad I did it. Love and peace is such an important message that I want to carry with me everyday.

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This year, my 2.5 tennis team at Seven Oaks made it to the local play-offs. We lost badly, but at least we made it! It was a proud moment for our team just being there. Besides tennis to stay healthy, I tried spinning and barre for the first time. Loved it! And I plan on doing more spinning in the new year.

My tween pushed my limits this year, and there are some things that I share and some things that I am not ready to put out there on the blog. But, we did have a good time attending musicals, and I look forward to more in 2015. Another topic of conversation that I have on a weekly basis is about social media, which happens to be something many of you also could relate to. And many of you admitted that you do not really understand it. More to come on teens and social media in 2015!

Professionally, I started working with different sponsors. This was a nice addition for my readers because this meant contests! It also meant, that I could get creative with sponsored posts. One of my favorite sponsored posts was working with ModernEID, and you liked it too! I had the most comments on this post and also on my Flywheel Sports post.

Of course as I look back at my year, I already know where I need to improve for 2015. Aren’t we all trying to get better. We get wiser. We see where and what our priorities should be. I am working on my goals now, and soon I will share with all of you!

Love and Peace,

Tina

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