I Need a “Be My Friend” Card – Like a Business Card but With More Awesome

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Moving has been rough. Once it all sank in and things started to fall into place and the novelty sort of wore out, I began really missing my friends. I have friends scattered all over the United States (a couple in Canada, hello there neighbor!) and despite being surrounded by a lot of nice people, I craved that familiarity. I missed Thursday night game night. Drinking wine and watching Grey’s and lamenting over all the cool people dying and the main character complaining. I have never been one who has been great at making a lot of friends. I tend to stick to a close knit group and I love it. I do not need lots and lots of friends. I just need a select few of creative individuals that I can call over for a marathon of trashy television. Is that so much to ask for?

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I seriously feel like instead of passing out Business Cards, I need to have will you be my friend card. Like hey, you are an awesome person. Lets have coffee sometime! Or a glass of wine. I know it’s before 11AM but you only live once, right? I am not sure what my motto would be yet. Something mystical but full of mystery. Maybe you can even help me come up with one! Wouldn’t that just be AMAZING? I know that is exactly what you are thinking. Who doesn’t want to be a motto-inventor?

So that is currently my state of mind. A feeling of loneliness from a lack of a close connection. My priorities just feel all over the place. My husband and I decided to check out some Meet Up groups in the area. Meet Up is a fancy site, yo. I am hoping we cross paths with some awesome folk. Maybe I will even have a business card all made up. Who has a motto? Bonus points if it includes unicorns.

And go!

A Year of A Lot of Change…Help Me Get Back on Track

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2014 became a year of incredible, scary, and exciting change. My husband and I decided fairly quickly to actually pack up our life in Maine and move to the wonderful state of Colorado where most of his family is located. We lucked out and were actually able to buy our first home — which had 19 offers on it and was only on the market for 2 days. Crazy! All in the time span of a month. I felt like this was a pretty clear sign that this move was meant to happen. Doors were opening wide without much more than a tap.

The drive out here was definitely a bonding experience with three cats in the back of our Escape and a trailer filled with just the basics. We lucked out and hardly ran into any traffic. The only part I feared with Gary, IN and Chicago. Any time you enter a state and they tell you how many people have died from traffic accidents in the year… well it does not leave you with happy, pleasant feelings that’s for sure. We also hit this craziness after we had already been driving for over 15 hours. The cats were yowling in the back. People were flying by us. The roads were horribly marked. It’s just an experience I wish to never repeat.

 

After 4 days of driving, we finally arrived. To our home.

I am so in love with this place... slowly but surely we have been making it more homey.

I am so in love with this place… slowly but surely we have been making it more homey.

Life in Colorado has been absolutely amazing! Within just a few weeks, I landed an awesome job working with a Dog Training Company! Unfortunately it is a desk job for the most part, but I really enjoy talking with clients, meeting dogs, and getting our name out there! I have been overwhelmed by the variety of restaurants and things to do. Over the summer, I went hiking and saw some of the most breathtaking places — including this wonderful Blue Lake!

I have never personally seen water that gorgeous before!

I have never personally seen water that gorgeous before!

One thing that took a back seat with all these changes is my health. I have definitely been splurging every chance I get instead of working on moderation. I have been active — even joined a gym and got a personal trainer! The only problem has been my focus. After all is said and done, I gained 20 pounds this year, and I feel every single one of them. My biggest wake up call was after 20 personal training sessions and going to the gym at least 3x a week, I had not lost ANYTHING. It is true what they say. You can not outwork a bad diet. My attitude needed to change.

This was my first week seriously sitting down and evaluating everything. I focused on what I was eating, and not just going with what was easy and what I was craving (which was never anything good!) I know I picked a great time to want to get control of my eating the one time of year people are all about the food (Thanksgiving, Christmas Cookies, Junk Food…) but it was just such a slap in the face to not have any change happen with my work outs. Even though I am definitely stronger… I didn’t even lose inches. Yikes!

Lately, I have been going back to my old roots and looking for inspiration with other weight loss blogs. I love reading about other people’s triumphs and struggles when it comes to battling weight. It was what focused me before and I was hoping this time would be no different. The more I read, though, the more I missed my blog. It was such a nice thing to look forward to every day. Coming up with goals, writing about those goals, and being surrounded by people who appreciated and could share in my joy.

I hope it isn’t too late. You can find it in your hearts to forgive me for being gone for so long. Here’s to ending the year strong and starting 2015 even stronger. Who’s with me?