out with the old, in with the new

On new years eve (in the late afternoon), the husband and I had sat down on the patio (feet in the sand) at the very restaurant where we were married to enjoy a beverage,

look out at the beach,

and write our goals for the new year.

**note: above – those are actually pictures from my wedding**

It was the best way to reflect on the year we just had and make a plan for the year ahead.

Times like this are why I put blogging on hold and just live.

I never really fully appreciated the saying, “I have no time,” until I felt like it was all I could say. Between cramming for exams and packing to leave on vacation for a couple of weeks, I could barely fit in anything else…and I didn’t mind. It was very fitting for the end of the year – just enjoy my time and what I was doing in that moment.

Now that it’s a new year, I have new focuses and plans, and blogging is definitely in there. I like being busy, but I’m ok with having a bit of time – especially to get a post in! 😉

I hope that 2012 is a great year for everyone. I have a feeling it will be the best year yet.

I feel like I have so much to share, but for now I’d like to finish with a collection of photos from my cruise with my husband and his family and also some from our travels around Florida (the husband and I were Floridian junkies – we went from Fort Lauderdale to Sarasota to Orlando to Jacksonville, and then hit some of those spots again!)

My 2011 ending

[our ship]

[family dinner – same spot, same time every night!]

[port in st. thomas]

[view of st. thomas]

[one of the formal nights]

[‘ty and char, grand turks’]

[enjoying one of many coconuts!]

[enjoying amazing mojitos in puerto rico]

[the night i got chosen to go onstage in a magic show – whole other story!]

[towel art 1]

[towel art 2]

[towel art 3]

[enjoying the bahamas]

[bluest of blue in the bahamas]

[salad beasts that i never got sick of!]

[last dinner on the ship]

[new year’s eve in florida]


fighting the winter blues

I know, I know…it’s hardly ‘winter’ and aren’t ‘blues’ a little too early?

I wish I could say yes, but unfortunately, they’re already starting to get to me. On Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s I get out of my one class at 5:20pm, and thanks to that finish time, my winter blues are in full swing.

5:20pm before daylight savings was alright; sun was still setting and was light enough out that I could walk across campus feeling safe. 5:20pm after daylight savings feels like midnight. On Monday, the moon was already out…the MOON!

So let’s just say, I’m not taking it too well 😉

Yesterday, although I was in a good mood to people, I didn’t feel good inside. I honestly felt like my body was sad – and I know it’s because of the time change and season change.

So, what can I do about it?!

1. Workout.

The hubs even said this himself yesterday when I was feeling blue: “you’ll probably feel better after you workout,” where I proceeded to proclaim…NO! But, he was right, I did feel a lot better last night after running. It might also had to do with the fact that I busted out a good interval run vs. just a steady pace, but lets just give him the credit instead 😉

2. Make majority of foods good and healthy ones.

I don’t know why it took me so long to make the connection that when I eat good, I feel good. I remember (in my younger days – sorry, just wanted to say it!) that I would eat bad and then immediately regret it (literally down to the second after finishing). Sometimes the husband would even try to prevent this from happening by saying, “you know if you eat that what will happen.” Yeah, yeah, once again he was right.

And this honestly goes hand-in-hand with #1 because at least if I’m eating good and can’t fit in a workout, then I still feel ok. Because I know when I used to eat like crap and maybe workout a bit, my self-esteem was crap and that definitely contributed to the winter blues.

3. Make time to do the things you love.

For me, right now, that means baking. I don’t know if it’s because I like the end result (eating copious amounts of cookies or cupcakes – but trust me, these count for #2 because I use “healthy sugars” – ok, so whatever, they aren’t technically healthy, but the amount of baked goods I do consume counteract the vast amount of veggies I also consume – I’m such a contradictory failure still, I know! – annnd, let’s see how long I can make this run-on sentence…).Today I made a point of sneaking in some time to bake cookies, since I completed an assignment. Balance is key, people!


This one honestly is the icing on the cake. If I can skip out on winter for even a week, this takes away the annoyance of winter for at least a few weeks following my return. Plus, it gives you something to countdown to if you do have a scheduled vacay in the future, like say, a cruise!

And honestly, even writing this post lifted my spirits a little bit.

And, if anyone can figured out how to delay the sky turning pitch black before 5:20pm, you can take my spot on that cruise ship!

Question of the day: How do you stay happy during the winter??


This is what I said on twitter not too long ago:

But, just to reiterate:


There we go…that feels better (my excitement is still bubbling though)!

There had been talk of a cruise in the works for a while with the hubby’s family, but we were never quite sure when it would work out. I honestly thought I wouldn’t be able to make it at all because of exams (originally when talk of the cruise came up, it was before I was in school and knew my schedule).

But, thankfully, the fam has worked it all around and I’m able to go now. My plan definitely was to get the heck outta Canada as soon as I wrote that last exam, anyways, but now with good reason 😉

Below is our voyage aka what I will count down to everyday now.

Our cruise port is in Florida, and here’s what I have to look forward to…

First stop: Turks and Caicos

Second stop: Puerto Rico

Third stop: St. Thomas

Fourth stop: Bahamas

And, from there, we go back to Florida.

I am beyond excited (and pretty embarrassed at how white my skin is and how much more white it will be by the time I get on this ship!). Can someone just fast forward through time (and write my exams for me:)), so I can get on this cruise?!?


Question of the day: Do you have any travel plans this winter? And if so, where?!