Monday, December 27, 2010

ramblings of a holiday season

Happy Monday morning!  I hope you all are lucky enough to be at home today, but I know that isn't the case.  So, I shall subject you to yet another round of my rambling thoughts...

1.  I love the holidays.  This year, I didn't quite have that overwhelming holiday spirit going on, but I had such an amazing last six weeks of the year (Philly, turned 30, ran a half-marathon, NYC, Chicago, Christmas ... whee!) that I think all my excitement, happiness and holiday spirit just got rolled up into one.  Either way, I had a fantastic day spent with my husband and family.  Now, I have the post-awesomeness blues a little.  Hehe ... looks like I need something to look forward to for January.

2.  With that in mind, I'm so stoked for the new year.  2010 has been a trip, and I'm so proud of all that John and I have accomplished.  I'm also so happy knowing that I have done the things I set out to do.  The year goes by so fast, and it's all too easy to end the year exactly where you started.  This year was different.  It has really shown me the importance of living with intention, something that I will continue into the New Year.  I've learned a lot about biting the bullet to get what you want.  Things always work out, and those few uncomfortable moments are so much better than waiting and waiting for things around me to change.  So, with that in mind ... bring it on, 2011!

3.  What do I have up me sleeve for the New Year?  For starters, I'm literally counting down the days until I can join the gym (waiting for a great deal, of course).  Words I never thought I would utter, but I'm ready to start working out hard again.  I've had a nice little break since my half-marathon, doing smaller workouts and resting my knees.  Now, I'm ready for something new.  I think I'm going to try spinning for a while.  Secondly, I'm looking forward to taking more control of my life.  Like I said - living with intention.  This will mean a few things - watch less/no mindless television, listen to more music, start fewer projects so that I can finish all of them, and continue to work hard and foster a healthy lifestyle.  AND, I've got a new business venture on the horizon.  I've been rolling the idea around in my noggin for far too long, and I think this is the year to make it happen.  Details forthcoming...

4.  What did ya'll get for Christmas?!  Santa was good to me, but he's always good to me.  In addition to my trip to Chicago, I got new Sorel boots (and for a song, thanks to John's zero tolerance policy when it comes to poor customer service), new Smart Wool slippers (divine!), new Trollbeads, a new dress, a day at the spa, my grandparents' old Brownie camera (to be treasured, for sure) and lots of fun little things.  It's always a great day to spend with friends and family.  At the moment, there's no children in our immediate family, so Christmas day has a very relaxed vibe for us.  And I love it.  I love spending time with my parents and brother as adults.  Things can change in the blink of an eye, so those moments are special.

5.  What did ya'll give for Christmas?!  That may just be my favorite part!  Even as a kid, I couldn't wait to dole out the gifts I had so meticulously chosen for everyone.  This year, I re-matted and re-framed a very special print for John, and bombarded him with all sorts of Wilco paraphernalia.  My brother got lots of goods for his new house, including some hand-printed kitchen towels from Etsy.  I gave my dad a couple of special t-shirts - one I designed and one from my trip to Chicago, and mom got a hand-made scarf, photo, hand-made earrings and a couple of knick-knacks.  It was pretty low-key this year, but I can confidently say that everyone got everything they wanted.

Wow, I'm long-winded today.  Hope you had a Merry Christmas!  See you in the New Year!

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