Resolutions Smesolutions…

December 30th…just a day–hours really–away from a New Year. And like most people, I have been reflecting on the events of the past year, and am looking forward to the next 12 months and what they may hold for me.

The lessons of last year are fresh in our minds, and the resolutions to improve upon ourselves are being drafted. I don’t particularly buy into New Year’s resolutions, and i’ll explain why. I believe that you should take care of anything and everything in your life as it happens. If that means you want to lose 20 lbs, then work towards losing 20 lbs today–the same applies to being happier, spending more time with friends, spending less money on frivolous things, being more adventurous, etc. Why wait for a new year, a new month, even a new day when you have the ability to change things today–Right now?!

I think it’s nice to be able to face a new year with a light heart, and goals to work towards but I have a list of goals that I am constantly working towards, and things that I am always trying to improve upon, whether its April, December, or January 1st of a new year. I have learned over the past year…past several years actually, that many things in life are out of our control and it’s how we handle them that matters. I no longer sweat the small stuff, and try to find the positive in all situations regardless how dark they may appear–luckily I have an amazing family, a wonderful husband, and some of the best friends a girl could ask for to help with that task when I find myself getting lost. At the end of the day, as long as you live life as a good wholesome person, surround yourself with people who uplift and encourage you, have your health, have love, and LOVE HARD whether your waist is  24 or 44 inches or your job pays 15,000 or 150,000/year is irrelevant as long as you’re truly happy.

I am looking forward to a new year however, because it does signify a fresh start. Each new year is the beginning of a new chapter in the story of your life, and it’s up to you to get out there and make sure each chapter is better than the one before.

Speaking of making things better than they were before, I decided my natural lashes just won’t do for New Years and may have purchased these VERY FLAMBOYANT lashes today.

DSC02281I bought more natural lashes, but decided to try these out as well. They are “Tyra” lashes, so I thought maybe I could ‘smize’ (for those of you who don’t know, this term refers to smiling with your eyes, and is Tyra’s catch phrase on America’s Next Top Model) my way through the evening tomorrow night, but honestly they’re so heavy I could barely open my right eye. Going to have to pass on these.

Not to contradict myself, but there are a few things food wise i’d like to try in the new year. Not a new diet, not to try to lose weight, not even to try to eat less sugar (tho that would be nice) but instead–I want to try to eat simply. *Gasp* I’m a foodie–what does ‘SIMPLY’ even mean?!?! It means essentially, eating food the way I pick it up in the market. If I get celery, I eat celery not chilli…if I get apples, I have an apple not apple crisp.

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I do not think I am ready to become a full raw vegan at the moment, and don’t  even know that I want to. However, I feel inspired to try it out for a few weeks and I admit I may feel slightly sentimental doing it now because it is the new year. (Shhh…don’t tell my secret). I think the green smoothie challenge is the reason I am giving this a try. I have not felt so energized, alive, and well in a long time and if raw fruit and vegetables, and a juice/smoothie concoction is the way to continue feeling like this then count me in! At the moment, my plan is to try going raw for 1 month and then after that perhaps 1 to 2 weeks per month eat only raw. I’d like to evaluate my health after 6 months of doing that to see if I notice any improvements. I like cooked food so I don’t think I’d be able to do it at least not right away, but after reading several books on the matter it’s something that interests me and i’d like to try. Something else I am planning to start in the new year is JUICING! I should have my juicer tomorrow and I cannot wait to start! I have been interested in juicing for a long time now, and have only just now gotten into it. To me, neither of these 2 new ideas are necessarily resolutions. Sure i’m starting this practice of eating (more) raw, and juicing, but I believe in clean, healthy eating as the best way to fuel one’s body. It only makes logical sense that periodically i’d tweak what i’m doing to improve upon my health and my lifestyle.

What are your thoughts? Did you make resolutions? What are your plans for the new year?

*This was a ridiculously long post, I think my only resolution will be to stop rambling so much… ;)*

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