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Happy 2015!

Happy New Year! We are now FOUR days into 2015 and what do you think? Is this going to be your year? I sure hope so! I know I am going to do everything I can to make this the best year yet.

I hosted the 4th annual New Year’s Day brunch. Since I was pretty beat from all the Christmas traveling we did I decided to keep brunch incredibly simple with waffles and quiche. Nobody seemed to mind since brunch lasted five hours! It was such a fantastic way to start the new year surrounded by good food, great friends, and lovely conversation. My heart was full of joy.

Each new year comes with a clean slate and a chance to reflect on our resolutions, goals, or intentions for the fresh year ahead of us. Are you a resolutions maker? Do you set new year’s goals or intentions. Do you chose a spirit animal or have a one word focus? I do a combination of the previously mentioned.

For the last four years I have shared some of these with you (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011) and this year is no different. I am going to lay out my goals for the year and will check in quarterly. Putting it out here for you to read will help hold me accountable.

If I had to choose one word focus for the year it would be reduce. I don’t think I will ever manage to be one of those minimalists but I would like to reduce the clutter and number of items in my home.

Waist size (because, you know, four babies)
Time in front of a screen
Number of times we eat out this year
Overall stress level (I need to learn to say no and to let things go)

Log 600 active miles this year
Read 20 books
Develop a daily schedule
Date my husband (more than the 1 time we went out last year!)
Happy mail (everyone loves getting mail that isn’t a bill)
Become more active in my faith
edit to add:
Drink more water
Be an intuitive eater (my friend Jessie recorded and analyzed everything she ate/drank in 2014)

Bread baking (every year this is a goal)
Beer brewing
Menu planing
Working with my daughters to develop their signature dish they will be able to cook from memory

Now it is your turn. Leave me a comment letting me know your resolutions, goals, and intentions for 2015. May this be your best year yet!

Happy New Year!

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