So, did you totally have a wild New Year’s Eve? Did you ring in the New Year’s Day with a killer Thursday? I hope you did something you loved or were with those you love to celebrate an end and a beginning! I always loved NYE when I was younger, with our annual take-out dinner of Chinese and endless hours long UNO tournaments, silly stringing the trees outside and exploding confetti poppers and swinging noise makers. But the past few years that has unavoidably stopped and it’s sad. Instead things are quite and the family and friends aren’t together anymore.
This year my mom and I watched some old home videos (talk about adorable, funny, AND embarrassing!). I love watching them though; it’s so weird to see yourself as a little kid in the 1990s opening Christmas presents and standing on stage at a mall doing a beauty pageant in all my little girl shyness! After that, I went to bed like usual, woke-up at 10:30pm due to random fireworks, woke-up again at 12:19am, but went right back to sleep.
However, I did start the New Year right with PANCAKES for breakfast and a good morning workout. That was good 😉 Plus, having a sunny and bright January first, time to do some blog work, cook a few new recipes, and relax was pretty good too. Now it’s Friday and with this first Finisher of the year, I hope you find some inspiration in one (or many) of these articles to start this beautiful new year off strong! XOXO
Monday: A Lovely Little Christmas
Tuesday: Apple Gingerbread Muffins
Wednesday: Dear Me, In 2015
Blog Posts and Links I loved this week:
Life, Mind, Body, Spirit:
Good and wise words. Own your awesomeness!
Open, honest, and beautifully written.
We are all talking about changes right now.
It’s about the big picture, not the one fallen tree.
Let creativity shine!
Some of these are my favorites!
Perfect for going into the new year!
Just look at all that amazing inspiration!
It’s hard to always be in the middle.
Soup season is still going strong! (And I have yet to make any!)
I am so flattered to be one of them!
And they’re all delicious!
Even though superfoods aren’t “real”, these are all GREAT foods to include in your diet!
All real things you should already be doing!
+ Healthy Drinks That Combat Depression And Anxiety
Drink the good stuff!
If you follow some “diet” to a T, there is always flaws. Just eat REAL food and the right way for your body and you’re good to go!
O Sauerkraut, I love you!
Take care of your first line of defense!
Tips for thriving and thriving the condition!
Blogging, Social Media, Tech & Photography:
Or just make all your writing awesome! I love words!
What’s your definition of a good blog?
I want to get a bit more organized with my posts this year.
Are you being authentic?
Things you should definitely have done!
You know I love these posts every month…even though I’ve never used them!
This will be helpful! I actually kinda love Twitter chats!
All good stuff!
It will help you accomplish all those goals you have!
Make them meaningful!
This is a great post on making good resolutions!
Well that’s a bummer 😛
Gotta add some of these to the list!
Organized lives are then best lives 😉
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Chicken & Brown Rice Soup. A soup for the soul!
Ghanaian Nkatenkwan (Cashew-Peanut Stew). Doesn’t this look fabulous!
Grilled Salmon Kebabs. So simple…and I’m really craving some salmon!
Browned Cauliflower, Mache, and Red Quinoa Salad. Beautiful! I am loving everything cauliflower right now!
Lentil Curry Bowls with Cilantro Cashew Sauce. Yea, I could have this everyday!
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken. Finally a super healthy take AND it’s dairy-free!
Vegan BBQ Pulled Jackfruit. I just can not handle the deliciousness!
Quick and Healthy Homemade Ketchup. Plan on seeing some homemade ketchup on the blog this year!
Cinnamon Maple Pecan Granola. Look at those clusters!
Mango White Bean Smoothie. This is just so cool and creative! Imagine the creaminess!
A few things I loved about my week or am grateful for:
+ My Old Navy Moccasin Slippers 🙂
+ Some cool expanding opportunities for me professionally that have popped up.
+ Even though it has been getting colder, the sun had finally been poking through and shining more! (They show snow tomorrow!)
+ I’ve had some really great cooking success in the kitchen this week! 2015 is going to be a yummy one!
So tell me:
+ What are your New Year’s Eve traditions? What did you do the first day of 2015?
+ Do you ever watch your old home movies? I love putting them on and making commentary, hahaha!
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