My Word for 2015: Thrive.

I know some people can get tired of all the New Years posts, all the talk about resolutions, and everything that comes with this time of year.  I enjoy having some time to reflect on the past as well as set a new path for the future. I really don’t like the cookie cutter resolutions like lose weight and get out of debt. The last couple of years I have tried to pick a word or a theme for my year. In 2013 it was to be intentional and last year was to simplify. I feel like I did a decent job trying to simplify our house through decluttering last year, as far as simplifying our finances and day to day lives…. not so much. My surgery made that a little more difficult as we took on a bit of debt for that. As I look back on last year I feel like I spent a good amount of it just trying to survive. I just wanted to stay afloat. It felt as though I was always reacting to life, balancing a million spinning plates trying not to let any of them drop.

spinning plate

I feel like I have been constantly waiting for things to be just right to do something. Instead of trying to wait for circumstances to be just right this year I am committed to doing more than just reacting or surviving. Regardless of how hectic the year may be I am going to thrive.


to thrive is grow or develop well or vigorously. to prosper or flourish. to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances.

this word excites me so much! it excites me because it invites progress and growth regardless of surrounding circumstances, which i’ve realized I have very little control of.

I want my relationships, my health, and businesses to thrive in 2015.


What does this look like in practical terms? It means taking more time for personal and professional development, investing in relationships, and looking for opportunities for growth even if they may be uncomfortable. I’ll set smaller, measurable, achievable goals to help me put this mindset into action.

I’m looking forward to thriving along with you in 2015.

Do you do resolutions or set yearly goals?


Make it Work!

The family and I have been spending some time in Texas, and I absolutely love it. There is just something about Texas that begs me to come live here. We got a rental home for the time we are here, which is a little over 2 weeks. It’s back in a hidden little neighborhood on a canal off of Lake Granbury. I knew that I would be breaking my 80/20 rule when it comes to eating, trying to eat 80% vegetarian/20% meat, it’s Texas after all… Texas IS meat! Anyway, I figured it would be even more important to stick to my workouts. I was planning on getting my runs in early in the mornings and I actually got up early on Monday so I could get in a few miles but when I walked outside I realized it probably wasn’t the best idea. While the weather was beautiful, It was literally pitch black  outside and since I’m not really familiar with the area (or hidden woodsy night creatures), I decided I needed a new plan. I could hear Tim Gunn’s voice in my head saying “MAKE IT WORK!” So today I decided to try out a naptime lunch run! I did a 3/1 interval for 3.1 miles.

Not a PR by any means, but pretty good for still acclimating to 70 degree running temps.
(ps- have I told you how much I love my garmin? Thanks for hooking me up Julie!)

I knew I needed to get a good run in before Saturday’s 4th Annual Granbury Road Race. I’m so excited for that! I’m interested to see what the running community around here is like, ya know, just in case we ever end up living here. Also, can I just tell you how awesome it was that the race info stated “Sorry, no horses allowed this year”… Only in Texas, right?

Anyway after my run I enjoyed some light stretching out on the dock

(or maybe I just wanted a reason to show you my freshly painted “Mango Sorbet” toes… with an attempt at green polka dots… that went horribly wrong… and I was too lazy to fix)

Anyway, just a reminder for you guys… if you are away from home it is still possible to make it work! It takes determination, it sure would have been easy to just give up on the idea of working out.

What are some ways you have “made it work” while away from home and/or your normal routine?

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so i’ve procrastinated my “new years” post as long as i could. here it is 9pm on new years day and i’m finally trying to articulate everything that has been percolating in my soul for the last few days. i’ve been looking back on the last year. 2010 was for sure better than 2009. we were blessed with our baby girl. God turned some bad situations into good regarding our jobs. we both started back to school. We had some rough spots too, but we grew quite a bit out of that. i truly truly believe 2011 is going to be a break though year for us. i’ve got a few “resolutions” for this year.

fitness- i want to continue to get in shape. i missed my end of 2010 goal for weight loss by 5 pounds, but i’m going to make up for it. i want to run a half-marathon and continue to educate myself on nutrition and cooking.

relationships- i want to strengthen my “inner circle” and develop a strong community of people around me. i want to be a better wife and mom. i want to read my bible and pray more to develop an even greater relationship with God. pretty generic, i know, but something that is close to my heart.

vision- this one is kinda hard for me to admit… but i really need to define my personal vision. for so long my goals were to find a husband and start a family. i’ve reached those goals. now it almost feels like i don’t have a vision for the “whats next” in life. i don’t feel like i have anything to really strive for, and that is weird for me. so i need to define my vision.

these are just a few of the things on my mind… i’m sure more will develop as i continue to seek out what exactly GOD wants out of me this year. much love.

((a few pictures from end of 2010))

my favorites
what i did waiting for adam and erika to finish their gingerbread house.
a glimpse of Payton’s first Christmas!