Trying to pull out of a parking spot with a “not-so-cute” red car pinned behind me does NOT make me smile.
But being physically able to walk all over the city for 3 hours certainly makes me smile
Trying to reconnect my DVD player with possibly the wrong wires, leaves me with a frown. (and no, I have not figured out how to make it work yet.)
But making a delicious meal of veggies, shrimp, taco seasoning, avocado and brown rice turns my frown upside down
And living very far away from some of my most favorite people in this world makes me sad, but planning trips and scheduling dates to see these people puts the biggest smile on my face What makes you smile?
It’s hard not to walk down the street and look at a person running by and think, gee, they are so lucky they can run, and compete in races and jog with friends.
Or see someone with a flat stomach and assume that they get to eat whatever they want and still look good in an ab hugging shirt.
Even looking at a couple on the street it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that they are happy and in love and everything in their lives must be hunky dory.
Of course life does not work like this. The person running might have just come off of an injury and is easing back into running by only going as far as down the street before he or she has to turn around. And the person with the tight tummy might have to wake up early every day and workout for an hour in order to keep in shape. And the happy couple may fight 99% of the time and only smile when they are walking down the street in public.
Sometimes when you’re life doesn’t feel all put together you assume that everyone else has everything you don’t. The reality is that no one has everything and you probably have a lot more than most.
At the start of this New Year there are many things in my life that I am still lining up to fall into place and I am trying my hardest to appreciate what I do have until then.
I feel like blogging has always been a part of me, but I only began publishing last year. It’s incredible to look through posts from 2012 and remember all of the things that I experienced and I am excited to continue writing about my journey this year.
Only a few days in and the new year is already treating me well. I am with my boyfriend, the weather has been beautiful here in San Francisco and we have been eating incredible food.
I of course I did not cook these fantastical dishes, but I am determined to become a better cook this year and treat myself to new flavors and adventurous ingredients.
I also want to write about how I am keeping better eating habits in order to be a better me this year as I reach my goal of running again.
Travel plans are also in the works this year and I will be documenting these adventures as I visit friends and family I have not seen in some time.
And there will of course be some hardships that find their way onto the blog, but I will share them with you as a way to put things into perspective and work my way through each challenge.
Thank you to all of you, my readers, for sharing in my journey and listening as I traverse life and find my way.
It was supposed to chronicle my journey as a runner and my healthy (and not so healthy) habits. And while running was a major part of this daily publication for many months, running took a major back seat to many other life events that happened this year.
This year has been a tough one, full of unexpected changes and numerous challenges. With each turn my weaknesses have been exposed, but more importantly, my true strength has found its way to the surface. 2012 will be a year I never forget for the good and the bad, and I am excited and energized for the year to come.
I am determined to get in the best athletic shape that I can in order to start running again by the summer, I will continue to grow my career, my friends and family will see me more often and I will take on new challenges with a new found confidence.
I wish everyone success, happiness and health in 2013!
My Chanukah this year has been very spread out. Between celebrating with the family when I was home for Thanksgiving, partying it up with friends on the actually holiday and then celebrating a belated festival of lights with Dave and his family, it has been one great holiday season.
and enjoying all of these things with friends and family.
The holidays bring people together and inspire others to reach out to long lost friends and family, but I think that this should not just be relegated to the holiday season. I think that we should all make an effort to get together with loved ones, friends, family, acquaintances, that friend you keep meaning to call, throughout the year. Choose a random day in March and fly out to for a long weekend to see your old college roommate, or call your friend in Canada every Thursday night to check in, or even plan a potluck with all of your friends next Friday, just because.
Let’s all plan to continue the joy of spending time with friends and family after the Christmas trees are taken to the curb and the New Year’s confetti is cleaned up.
I hope you are all enjoying your time with loved ones this holiday, I certainly am and I know I can’t wait until 2013 when I spend even more time with the people I hold close to my heart.
Yesterday morning some friends and I had front row seats to this mound of meat while enjoying a delicious brunch at Plow.
I had an incredible plate of eggs. But if you are heading here any time soon the lemon ricotta pancakes are where it’s at! Yes I stole one dairy filled bite
With full stomaches we embarked on an afternoon of short films hosted by Lunafest. Check it out to see if these films by women, about women, for women are playing near you. All of the films were fantastic and it was just enough time in the theater to make room for more food.
This time a homemade feast complete with hummus from scratch (recipes to follow).
I love living in California. The outdoor lifestyle, farmer’s markets galore, the weather and of course my boyfriend. But unfortunately to enjoy all that northern Cali has to offer I have to live very far away from my family. I am lucky enough that they are able to travel to visit me often, but sometimes I just want to be home and thankfully this Thanksgiving I was able to be here in New Jersey with my family.
My favorite best friend happens to be my sister and while we try to talk every day in between my work day and her college class schedule, it’s not the same as being together in person. So this year is extra special because not only am I home but I am home with my little sis!
Do you live far away from your family? How often do you get to see them?