For the past few weeks, I been trying (rather unsuccessfully) to figure out the right words to say “sorry but I am not sorry” and “guess what I am back!”. Seriously though, I am sorry for completely disappearing from this space for the last 6+ months. That was never in my plans. On the other hand, I think that I truly needed that time to take care of the other areas of my life. I spent most of the last 6 months dealing with an ever-increasing pile of work that is actually still climbing. When I wasn’t working, I could be found trying to put the finishing touches on our wedding plans or exercising my escalating stress away. I am pretty sure that the ladies at The Bar Method Tampa studio helped me deal with a lot more stress than they probably realize. And just in case you missed it, Pete and I got MARRIED! (That is a tale for another blog post though.) Since I have been away from this space for so long, I thought that the best way to get the creative juices flowing again was to catch up over some coffee (or your favorite holiday beverage).
If we were having coffee today, I would ask you about your holidays. How did you spend Thanksgiving? Did you gorge yourself on turkey and all the trimmings? How was your Christmas? Did Santa bring you everything that you asked for? The holidays haven’t exactly been the highest thing on priority list this year. I guess that happens when you are planning a wedding that takes place a week after Thanksgiving. When we chose our date, I knew that it was going to rough on our holiday season but I don’t think I fully appreciated just how much the holidays would be affected. We didn’t even have our Christmas tree up until two days before Christmas. Our wedding really did make this holiday season the most amazing one … EVER! I am probably a little biased though. The one problem I am having is that everything has been an absolute blur for the last two months.
If we were having coffee today, I would ask you about how you did with your goals for 2016. Did you achieve everything that you wanted to? Are you ready to tackle some new goals for 2017? The end of the year always make me take a step back and analyze how the year went. Did I do everything that I wanted? Am I ending the year feeling like I could have (or should have) done more? The last week of the year is always a time for reflection. I am not sure if I could have fit anymore ‘stuff’ into this year but I do feel like I have a lot more left to give. Does that make any sense at all? I know that a lot of stuff ended up taking a back seat to work and wedding planning this past year but it was worth it. Now that the wedding planning is off of my plate, I can start to refocus my life again. I will say that the stress of everything on my plate and the desire to look my best on my wedding day did have a positive impact on my overall health. I found out just how much I enjoy barre fitness. I also learned a lot about eating properly to nourish my body by doing a round of Whole30 with Pete just before the wedding. We are actually planning to do another round at the beginning of the year.
If we were having coffee today, I would ask about your goals for 2017. Have you thought about what you want to achieve next year? Do you want improve on what you achieved in 2016 or are you planning to go after a new goal? My goals for 2017 are definitely different from what they were in 2016. I was mostly focused on keeping my head above water and plan the perfect wedding for Pete and I. While I still need to work on the whole keeping my head above water thing, I really do feel like I have figured out techniques that work for me in terms of dealing with the stress of life. I am a complete exercise junkie now and have realized that it is my best stress-coping mechanism. Having figured that out means that I can set my sights on some different goals for 2017. One of my biggest goals is to finish planning our amazing honeymoon. Another goal is to reconnect with my love of blogging and photography. I think that will be my toughest goal to achieve as they start to give me more responsibilities at work but it is a goal that is very near and dear to my heart. The hardest part so far has been simply writing this blog post. Hopefully, it is the catalyst that I needed to get back my groove back.
If we were having coffee today, what you ask me? What would want to share?