Friday, January 25, 2013

Pup-Cakes for Everyone

On January 15th 2013, our little Yorkie celebrated her 2nd Birthday. So to honor her day I made her some "pup-cakes" and icing (Go here and here for the recipes I used)  And yes, I did try a bit, and no it wasn't that bad but it wasn't that good either. Well at least for me anyway.

Yorkie on the other hand just loved them. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

2013 New Year's Resolutions

The start of a new year, a time to reflect on your life and where you have been and where you are headed. A time to set some new year's resolutions, I have always love this tradition and have faithfully participated each year. Alas  I have also faithfully not meet or have given up on those goals. But I am determined that it will not happen this year. Hence why I am 19 days late in posting this blog, I have been giving my new year's resolutions a lot of thought. I really want to finally set some new year's goals and achieve them.

I have been thinking and thinking, what do I truly want to achieve this year, what areas in my life do I genuinely want to change. And then the most importantly, how do I do it.

When setting a goal I have been told many times to make sure they are S.M.A.R.T. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Specific. I really wanted to apply each of these principles to my goals so that I would be much closer to accomplishing them then if I didn't.  

The Time-specific and relevant parts were the easiest. 
Time Frame = One Year
Relevant = It's about Me 

It was the other areas, Specific, Measurable and Achievable which took more time to think about. 
I finally decided that I wanted to have a goal or two that would cover the following areas of my life. 

So I could try and maintain that life balance I am always striving for. (I will admit do have my good days and bad days when it comes to finding that balance.) 

Now I know that for some people these goals might seem simple but for me if I can continue these things for the whole year, I will be doing some thing amazing. And truth be told they maybe are fairly simple but with my track record when it comes to achieving my new year's resolutions I thought I better start small. 
I really just to feel more healthy. I want to be better at taking care of myself. So to achieve those feelings I have set the following goals. 

Goal One - Run on the treadmill at least 4 times a week. 
Goal Two - Cook a Vegan or Vegetarian meal a least  3 times a month 

I want to continue to learn new things and continue to develop the knowledge that I do have so with that desire in mind I have set the following goals. 

Goal One - Complete a 52 Week Photo Project
Goal Two - Complete 2 knitting projects (last year I made one thing so I thought this year I could make two items)
Goal Three - Complete 4 sewing projects (same thing as the last goal I made 3 last year, I'll do more this year)

This was the hardest area for me to set a goal. Mostly because I didn't really know how to create a S.M.A.R.T goal for where my thoughts and feelings were taking me. You see, upon reflection I felt that in 2012 I had  a lot of "I'll be happy when this or that happens" type of thoughts. I don't want to continue to think like that. I want to truly be happy with my life now as it is and not be always waiting for something to change or happen before I can be happy. So how do I create a smart goal for that? To be honest I still haven't really figured that out. But for now my goal is to acknowledge the wonderful things that are happening in my life and to be grateful for what I have now and to find happiness within me and not with things or events. 

I would love to hear what other have set for their new year's resolutions, so feel free to share in the comments. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Review

At the end of each year the world takes a moment and reflects on the days gone by. Often in the form of a top ten list, whether it is the top news stories, movies, cars or weather storms someone has made a list of the top ten for 2012. So with all those lists swirling around my mind, I tried to reflect on what the top ten moments for Mike and I were for 2012.

And here is what we came up with,

Number 10 - Both Mike and I had the same good jobs for all of 2012. Now that may sound a little boring but in a time were there are lots of people looking for work this really is a blessing.   

Number 9 - Yorkie started her agility classes and she has been doing so good and we are both enjoying them a lot. 

Number 8 - I turned thirty this year and although I'm not so trilled about it. It is kind of a big moment in ones life.

Number 7 - New toys for my camera. I got a beautiful new len and some wonderful lighting equipment in 2012 which I was and am so happy about.

Number 6 -  Mike finished and passed his 3rd year of Carpentry. Now he only has one more year to go which is very exciting.

Number 5 - Pinterest has pretty much taken over my life and I am now a much improved cook and crafty person because of that web site.

Number 4 - Live Theater, we had quite a few opportunity to go some wonderful performances  this year. And I truly hope that 2013 brings more that type of entertainment our way.

Number 3 - Mike had his first full season of motorbike riding in 2012, which brought him much joy. So much in fact, that for Christmas he brought me a motorbike as well so in 2013 I can experience that joy with him.

Number 2 - In 2012 we celebrated our 2 wedding anniversary. We had a lovely time going back to Waterton, which is were we got married. We had spent time reminiscing about our past year together and our wedding day. And we also looked forward to the many more anniversaries we will celebrate together.

Number 1 - It would have to be our camping trips whither we go just the two of us or with friends we always have so much fun and just love the chance to get away from the city and enjoy nature.

We did have a pretty good year in 2012. For us this past year wasn't really full of any major highs but thankfully we didn't have any major lows as well. I'm sure that 2013 will bring us a few more highs seen how now both Mike and I have motorbikes.

Wishing You and Your Family A Happy and Healthy 2013