|Upside of a warm Thanksgiving in Jersey|
|This cutie pie turned 1 in November!|
Needless to say, 2015 went out with a bang, a full heart, and so much celebratory food and drink. I'm so thrilled to say that I'm on Day 9 of my second Whole30 and it's going really well so far. Marc's not around to be my accountability man this time as he's in Philly, but I have two close friends who are also doing it, which means girl dinner dates!
|Zoe's in heaven (we were too)|
Every year I also choose a word or a phrase to strive toward or use as an overarching guide for how I want to think or feel or act. I've been doing this since 2009 (which holy crap is seven years ago now) and some themes stick better than others, but I keep the practice up anyway. More often than not, it's something geared more toward living happier, living healthier, being more disciplined - but it's always inward focused. It's always about me. This makes sense, as most people's New Year's Resolutions are about how they want to live their own lives.
|My hair is delicious|
Lord knows the entire world could use more of it, in its current fraught state, and since the only thing I can control is me - there you go. There is a tendency for some in my family and in my city to be judgmental, to focus on the negative, and to complain, and that's not the kind of person I want to be. That's not the example I want to set for my future children - or the kids I work with now, or my niece and nephews. I believe even though I have that side of my nature, I also have an incurable optimist's nature as well.
Through reading Rubin's book, there were many other words and phrases that leapt out at me that would be great words, but I'm sticking to my guns (so to speak) and trusting that using the idea of Kindness - even if it means one tiny change in how I might think or speak a day - is what I need for this year.
Finally, before I close, I want to say how absolutely beyond grateful I am for sweet baby Kai's health, for my sister and her husband being spectacular parents, and for my mom and Jeremy's parents being such loving parents & grandparents. I am so deeply, deeply grateful to my husband, his family, and my friends for their support and prayers past week when we had a big scare with Kai's health. I've never been more frightened in my life than I was this past Wednesday, and never more relieved than I was yesterday. Life is so precious and ridiculously fragile, and it's too damn short not to be kind.
|Sweet Super-Kai, feeling strong.|