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What a Year for a New Year!

“It's a New Year and with it comes a fresh opportunity to shape our world.
So this is my wish, a wish for me as much as it is a wish for you: in the world to come, let us be brave-let us walk into the dark without fear, and step into the unknown with smiles on our faces, even if we're faking them.
and whatever happens to us, whatever we make, whatever we learn, let us take joy in it. we can find joy in the world if it's joy we are looking for, we can take joy in the act of creation.
So that is my wish for you, and for me. Bravery and [JOIE]."
~Neil Gaiman, one of my favorite authors, c. December 31, 2012


Happy 2013 friends!

How was your new year’s eve? I hope it was spent being awesome, even if it was low-key like Reggie’s and mine. I got us some Sashimi after work and made this “recipe” (see, Small concoction) from My Pinterest/Blog-I-follow-via-Bloglovin’. I did change from regular string cheese to TOMATO AND BASIL String Cheese, which made it PERFECT! It was easy and combines two things my semi-French heart loves: Cheese and bread! I also made some yummy veggies cause lets be honest, sashimi, cheese and bread call for at least one other food pyramid item!

Yesterday, just so I wouldn’t “wait until the new year” I decided to kick off my resolutions…NOW (well, then since technically it’s past tense).

Resolution 1: Health and Physical Wellness

Ok, so this is likely to be EVERY woman/girl’s (and of course, some guys) resolution this year and every year for that matter.

Sadly Reggie appears to be closing at his work for a while, and that leaves us as weekends-only work-outs and time together-and even that time is governed by his work schedule as he ALWAYS works weekends, and both days.

To kick things off I am starting by Running with my Sisters! My awesome “baby”-Sister Sarah (we are only 16 months apart), I am trying to rope in on a set schedule, & I want to run with my Sister in Law Ashleigh too. Since they live in the same neighborhood, we could schedule it altogether…start a running club (cause I’m seven and literally want to start a club for EVERYTHING I do with ANY group of people LOL). I have running plans for Wednesdays and Sundays with Brunna (Ben’s—best man at Reg’s and my wedding & my good friend who consider and adopted little brother—wifey) to run after work and church. We live closer to each other and she lives on the way to my current favorite running spot). I also have been trying to get my brother to commit, because he wants to work out more too. Lastly, and most concernedly are my parents. My dad and mom work near or on the way home from my house and get off of work around my hour. I have proposed that they meet at my apartment and we go exercising. They can walk, which my dad hasn’t done since October, before they had to put our boxer dog Ali to sleep.

nbsp;              Since it’s rainy season, running will not always be an option because I am not going to catch a cold. So I have also decided to do some video workouts…and mean it! While I hope to eventually move on to Insanity (this will be my second attempt) and P90X first I am starting with Jillian Michaels’ Shed & Shred

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[頑張れる (Ganbareru: I am able to do my best)]

nbsp;              I like this work out, and I like her as a video “coach” goes. Thinking about, I don’t think I want to do Insanity…I will skip to the Asylum…I REALLY don’t want to see Tanya (if you have seen it, you know what I mean).

nbsp;              Also, I am trying to eat better for the last month, it’s been helping I have seen a difference. But I am going to step it up notch. No more desserts.

Resolution 2: Blog More

It’s not often enough currently…well last year, it wasn’t.

I want to change that. This is such a therapeutic endeavor and it makes me feel good to get stuff off my chest, AND it’s great for an autobiographical time capsule.

Resolution 3: Cosplay

This resolution goes hand in hand with number 1!

nbsp;              This year, at Comic Con, I want to be dressed up, at least one day (and since my current main 2 choices have the same hair color, maybe both!)

I would like to be one of two X-Men Characters:

Pixie

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Or, Blink (From Age of Apocalypse)

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(This is her with shorter hair and sans the parting…)

It would be nice to not be so…wobbly in a costume.

But it would be cool! My awesome friend was Hawkeye last year and his partner was a Zombie fighting for equal rights! I want to dress up I think. Problem is, if I am Blink it will require face paint…which I am likely to rub off.

Resolution 4: Read MORE Books! Including the Bible

nbsp;              According to my GoodReads Account I only read 19 of my 30 goal. I will try for 24 this year. Two a month…not too hard. And I need to read more of the bible, cause I haven’t really been reading it lately.

I think I will block of chunks of time…for everything. That way, things get done!

Resolution 5: Travel

Los Angeles to see my bestie and grandparents.

Oregon to see my sister-in-law, brother-in-law and new baby niece, and hopefully some old friends.

It would be nice to go somewhere new!

Resolution 6: Crochet

I need to finish a project I started in September. I can do this. Reggie finished a scarf.

I can do it too!

Resolution 7: DRAW! DRAW! DRAW!

I haven’t even been doodling…I need to do something! Period! This will be my year challenge. A drawing a day. Even if a small doodle!

Those are my little resolutions.

But 2012 has been the best year of my life thus far. And positive, cause when I think about it, even before this year, I have had some pretty good ones. I need to not let me get in my way. I did something I NEVER thought would happen and that was marry the love of my life, and me, being the love of someone else’s life! It’s the best  you know that?

I am so grateful for this year, from time with friends old and new, to time just my hubby and I or just me, it’s been a good one!

Here’s to 2013 being as good as, or better than last year! To it’s new traditions, and accomplishments yet to be made!

"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. i hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art--write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And i hope somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself."
~Neil Gaiman, author extraordinaire, c. December 31, 2011

Cheers!