Sayonara 2012.

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Say Whatttt?? 3 days until the New Year! I feel like the older I get each year just speeds up faster and faster. What I wouldn’t do to be a kid again and have no concept of time OR I could just live my life now. I am not usually one to set NY resolutions because I think the entire year should be dedicated to kicking things off that bucket list. When I look back at 2012 I am pretty pleased with the way it turned out. Mid year I did in fact set some goals that were to be achieved by the end of the year (thanks to FNS). Some people hear goals and think it’s lame, but how are you supposed to remember everything you want to achieve in a day, month or year? I don’t know about you but I always tell myself I will remember and a day later I am stuck thinking, “what was that thing again??” Sound familiar? A couple of my goals were to start Newtritionsavvysarah (check), get 200 likes on my FB page (almost check…I am 8 away), stop spending so much money (check) and be consistent with my workouts (check). I can’t tell you how good it feels to set your mind to something and absorb all that comes as a result of putting the thought into the universe. It’s like buying a new car and then suddenly realizing everyone already has that car! Funny, right?? And SO true! 2012 has also brought many new people in my life. Some of these people provide encouragemt while others provide accountability and push me to be a better person for myself and this journey of inspiring others to live a better life. There are two specific things I have learned this year ( I knew it, but know I reallllly know it). First- that you can’t blame anyone else for where you are at in your life. If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. You’ll be surprised when you stop thinking that the world owes you anything. Second, if you want to preach to others you can talk all you want, but living the life you preach is what will teach more than anything. Accountability was my main focus for this year and I feel quite successful when I think of mine. I think of it as the domino effect. When you acknowledge and better one aspect of your life it is inevitable that other areas will not only surface but improve as well.

With the fast approach of 2013 take a second to think of the things you really enjoyed about the last year and also the “not so much”. Ask yourself how (not why) they happened and if there is any sort of pattern that can be changed. I know what I need to work on and recognizing is the first step. Enjoy this last weekend of the year! Happy Almost New Year!

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Learn. Grow. Change.

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As the last month of the year has arrived, I have enjoyed taking the time to reflect back on this year and write down many great things I have accomplished as well as things I could have done better. I think sometimes we get caught in the cycle of life; work, school, kids, relationships and just the everyday busy that we create for ourselves and we tend to make up excuses as to why we can’t be better or choose to not to. At some point, we have to stop and be grateful and appreciate everyday we were able to wake up and say good morning and serve a purpose. Gratefulness can be anything: thankful to workout, eat, grocery shop, share my opinion, have a job, have a house, and have the opportunity to learn. For me, life is all about progress not perfection. If you are striving it means you are improving and growing to be a better person. Take some time to reflect on the last year and even better get excited for what IS in store for the next one! You are your thoughts, so think GREAT ones. Happy December!

First time: Aerial Yoga

{The Yoga Studio…So Peaceful in Here}

{I Am a Monkey!}

{Much harder than it looks!}

So happy to have finally tried Aerial Yoga! Let’s just say it’s much harder than it looks. I was thankful the class started with some breathing exercises to get the body relaxed and ready for suspension. Since it was my first time, I was probably more scared than most-mainly that I would fall out and hit the ground head first! Luckily this didn’t happen! Coming from FNS all week, I was a bit sore. This was perfect because it literally streches your ENTIRE body out. You know the feeling of being sore and thinking, “Ohhhh, that’s what that muscle is for?” Sort of what I am feeling this week. The teacher was great, helped us newbies out and said it would get better each time you go. The rope was a little awkward feeling around my hips at first, but she said this was normal. The poses inside the hammock allow you to relax and literally let go of everything. The only thing that was a bit scary (aside from thinking I was going to fall) was the head rush feeling of being upside down for so long….Controlling the breath helped with this unpleasant feeling! My favorite part was the last 5 minutes of breathing completely inside the hammock, like a cacoon. To be able to let go, breath and dive deep into peaceful thoughts is absolutely refreshing. Overall, it was great and a nice finish to my week! I purchased the new student 5 classes for $50 and will be back next week! Who wants to join me?

 “Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go – what does matter is who you are when you get there.” ~ Max Strom