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19 Days Late: Our New Years Resolutions

19 Jan

And here they are…(p.s. really starting to LOVE picnik.com)

1. Enjoy life more.

This means traveling, going to the movies, seeing a show at the Fox or Dad’s Garage, going on more runs, dog park adventures and hikes, cooking meals TOGETHER (I tend to take over in the kitchen…bad habit…admitted control freak) and not just plopping down in front of the TV after a long day.

2. Volunteer.

In NC I volunteered at The Children’s Home in Tice Cottage. We offered respite care for children with developmental disabilities. I previously worked with children with disabilities during an internship with college and loved how rewarding and humbling it was so this seemed like a perfect fit for me. I NEED to find something like this in Atlanta.

3. Get closer with family.

This totally makes it sound like we’re not close with our families but nothing could be farther from the truth. What we mean here is learning more about our families and their personal stories. My grandparents lost family in the Holocaust and both of my grandparents were in the military. We want to know their stories and to document those stories. Ben’s dad was in the Air Force, worked as an underwater treasure hunter in Key West and his brother caught his first car on fire. I also want to document these stories. We want to know who our parents and grandparents were, not just who they are now.

4. Be a nice person, all the time.

Ok this one is a Sara resolution. I can be as sweet as pie at times, but something will set me off (I promise this doesn’t happen often), I loose my cool and I’m an uber bitch. This is a terrible quality, and one I desperately want to shake. In the coming year I am going to work on realizing that I’m about to lose it and coming back down to the earth before shooting flames from my mouth.

5. Deal with stress better.

Both Ben and I are serious Type A people. We strive for perfection and are slowly realizing that you can’t be perfect in every aspect of your life all the time. We both need to learn how to take a breather and lower our stress levels with other outlets (running, yoga, etc.) so we don’t take it out on each other.

6. Be kind to ourselves.

Obviously, this one includes being good to our bodies. Eating well, exercising and being social are all things that we enjoy and need to do more often (can you really get enough of these?). We also need to be kind to ourselves mentally. When we’ve had a tough day at work and we feel like we suck at life we need to learn to take a step back and give ourselves credit for all the great things we bring to the professional table. This one goes hand in hand with #5.

7. Smile more.

There is a ton of research out there about the positive effects that smiling can have on you and others around you. We both need to do it more often. Easy one, right? RIIIIIIGHT.

8. Make each other smile more.

This goes along with a majority of our resolutions. If we can stress less, live more and be good to ourselves we will most certainly accomplish this one.

We’d LOVE to hear your New Year’s Resolutions, too. Come on and don’t be shy! Comment below!

Inspiration: Yoga

18 Jan

I jumped back onto the Yoga train in December and am so glad that I did. I’ve done yoga since I was 12 with my mom but haven’t been practicing regularly in way too long. The wonderful ladies over at Tough Love Yoga started offering classes at Raw Bronzing Studio in my neighborhood so I decided to check it out.  Being able to walk to yoga (and a perfect spray tan) in less than 5 minutes gives me no excuses not to go. I started out taking lunch hour and night-time drop in classes and then signed up for their Bikini Boot Camp. They have several sessions, but mine meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 PM. Tonight’s class will be my 4th and let me tell you…Neda rocks it out and leaves me sweating and sore (in a good way!).  If you’re in Atlanta and are looking for a way to jump-start your yoga practice this is it.

I found this video yesterday on twitter and I’m pretty sure I watched with my chin on the floor. This woman’s story is incredible (she was a child pop star in Asia) and her strengthen (both emotionally and physically) gives me so much inspiration.

Check out her incredible video below (and her amazing body…damn girl!)

Maybe one day…:).

Inspiration: Jacob Schemmel

13 Dec

Have you ever read a post on a blog you normally go to and clicked on a random link? Well I just did, and I had to hold myself back from crying all over the MacBook after watching the video below. I’m one of those people who tries to smile at strangers and say please and thank you everywhere I go to everyone (tries being the key word…I’m no where close to perfect and I have my bad days, too!). This guy totally touched my heart and I love his message…Everybody Love Everybody.

Just a little reminder to keep your head up and smile, everyday.

Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World

29 Jun

A wonderful friend of mine posted this on her wonderful blog a few months back and I just love it. I printed it and proudly display it in my office as a reminder to myself and anyone who enters. I certainly do not remember these every day, but MAN do I try.

I hope this is as inspirational to you all as it was to me.

– BGD –

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