Showing posts with label 2013. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2013. Show all posts

Monday, January 6, 2014

Top 10 Posts from 2013

I finally got an afternoon in to work on the blog... I am one happy lady! And, there's no better time to recap the top 10 posts from 2013 then now.

I was excited to look back and see the number of people who had stopped by on my many posts. Here are the top 10, starting with the most popular.

I can only hope to have even more great posts in 2014!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

New Year, New Us

Remember back in August when I wrote Life Has Its Ruts? Well, most of those changes are still goals we are trying to achieve moving into 2014. There are just certain aspects in our life that we are ready for changes in... And well, here they are:

1. Back in the summer, the hubs had been applying to different jobs near and far... Including one in The Hamptons at a very high end golf course. While he is still keeping his options open, we're hoping 2014 brings him the changes he's looking for in his career... Whether that's a change at his current location or something new all together, I guess we'll all have to wait and see what 2014 has in store for us.

2. A new addition to our family means new goals for me. Right now I get a full year off on maternity leave. But, what about after that? In an ideal world, the hubs wishes I could be a full-time stay at home mom. But welcome to 2014 where that isn't the norm. So, I have been tossing up a few options... Return to my current position, get my mortgage broker license and work from home or look for a part time position somewhere. In August, I had full intentions of getting my broker license as I have a job offer to be one. But I'll have to see where parenthood takes me and how I feel when I near my return to work date. 

3. This wasn't our goal in August as I was very preggers and didn't care so much, but the hubs and I are taking on a whole new lifestyle and want to lose weight and get healthy. We're investing in a small home gym and have had our first grocery trip with a goal of eating clean. I usually go through these phases but this is the first time the hubs is joining me and we can push each other to stick with it. I've even started a blog to track how things go... I might just share it later when I feel a little more confident. 

Anyways, that's the three biggies for us and 2014! Do you have anything you're hoping to make happen?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas House Tour 2013

WOW! Having a baby really takes a lot of your time. I had all of these posts for Christmas that I wanted to do... and here we are with less than a week before the big day. So, I'm going to keep this post simple and full of pictures. Here's our Christmas House Tour of 2013.

That's our home... thanks for visiting!

I really hope to be back before Christmas... but just in case I don't make it... I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2014!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Hungry for Change: A Resolution or Two

I don't really believe in New Year Resolutions. In fact, I think most statistics will tell you that more people fail than succeed at New Year Resolutions. Just because its 2013, doesn't mean I'm going to all of a sudden turn my life upside down. But, I do want to resolve to do a few things throughout the year. Some changes, some goals. They don't necessarily start today but are things I can work towards throughout the year... Things I can start tomorrow.

1. Hungry for Change

I watched this documentary the other day about the food we eat and how unhealthy it is for you. For some reason, I veered away from the natural eating path in the past few months, but I would like to get back to it again. If you haven't had a chance to watch this documentary - Hungry for Change - you should. It's on NetFlix right now and it pretty much sums up all of the added junk (especially processed sugar) in the food we eat and how it can be just as harmful and addicting as cocaine or heroine. I want to be realistic and make a long term change, not just attempt another diet. I want to try and eat more natural foods and cut out as much of the refined stuff as possible. I'm not going to lie though, if I want to treat myself, I will make it - this way I will know what is in it and it won't have a shelf life of six months!

2. Makeover Time

This year is going to be the year that martha.anne takes off. Okay... hopefully it is. I'm going to work really hard at making it happen (on the weekend I started creating another product for the etsy shoppe... so excited!!). Anyways, this year I need to sit down and rearrange the blog. I need to do a whole bunch of stuff that I won't bore you with. It's going to take some time and is my major goal for 2013.

3. Keep It Local & Handmade

I want to succeed so much at my business that I believe I should pay it forward in order for it to happen. I want to try my hardest to shop local (as long as it's feasible). More importantly though, I want to try and shop handmade. Being on Etsy I've seen lots of great gifts and other items that are inexpensive, more meaningful and absolutely lovable. In 2013, I'm going to try my hardest to give my business to the little guys. I now understand how important it is.

4. Pay It Forward

Finally, I want to spend 2013 paying it forward. I know when Monday rolls around I whine and complain that I'm spending another week in the cube. But let's face it, there are people out there wishing they had my opportunities - even if it is just being able to do the little things and not having to work weekends. The other day a friend posted a Creative Pay It Forward on Facebook (see below). I commented and copied it... hoping to do the same. I have already came up with some ideas for those who commented and can't wait to surprise them. It's the little things that make a difference for someone else. This year when Christmas rolled around, the hubby and I talked about paying off someone's layaway (someone with children) - hopefully this year will be the year we can do it.

2013 Creative Pay-It-Forward: The first five people to comment on this status will receive from me, sometime in this calendar year, a gift - perhaps a book, some homemade cookies, or a - a surprise! There will likely be no warning and it will happen whenever the mood strikes me. The catch? Those five people must make the same offer in their FB status.

Anyways, those are my hopes for 2013. Hopefully I can work a bit towards each and say I tried my best to make them happen. Now that I've shared mine, tell me, what's up for you this year?