It’s amazing what taking control of your life can do for you.

As I mentioned quite a bit in my Blog Challenge, I’ve been dealing with a bit of depression this past year.  One of my resolutions was to work on ways to combat my depression.

Since then I’ve been running, eating better (fell off the wagon there a bit… oops, but I’m getting back into it, and I’ve been running… one step at a time right?) and I started re-organizing my house. Staying busy is good. But somewhere along the way things started to shift inside.  Not only was I making changes to the outside, but my outlook and energy is starting to shift. I’m seeing things differently and feeling things differently. I’m starting to get clarity.

It feels pretty darn good. I needed to stop trying to PLAN everything. I needed to live in the moment more (wasn’t that one of my resolutions?) and I’m taking life by the reins.  I’ve been waiting for life to happen for so long, I kind of forgot that there are things I can do to make it more enjoyable on the journey.

So, no grand statements, no sweeping gestures… But I’m really enjoying running again. My family is loosely planning on running the Hartford Half Marathon again in October, so I am going to keep running and if I feel it’s something I can do I will run it again.  I’m slowly tackling all of the organization nightmares in my house (is your jaw on the floor Mom??) so I am planning some posts about that.  I just feel overall better about everything, it may not always be sunshine and roses, but for now things are pretty darn good. Smile

Thanks for sticking with me on my journey.

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New Year New Stuff.

I’m not one to put much emphasis on the material things in life… But sometimes it’s good to treat yourself to something new.  Today Jason was getting his truck looked at the next town over and we decided to kill some time while we were waiting by shopping!

We didn’t go crazy, but I did get a new purse and wallet!  I’m not the type of girl who gets a new purse to go with each outfit, I’ve been rocking the same purse since college, and I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but I’ve had the same wallet since high school… Needless to say it was time for an update!


I got this matching Liz Claiborne purse and wallet from JCPenney.  I really wanted something that was neutral and classic, and it felt like a grown up choice.  I love it!

I also got a new bra, a striped shirt, pair of jeans and some jewelry.  With so much new stuff I feel like a new woman! lol.  I have been searching for the perfect striped shirt for ages!  It’s hard when you’re a bit curvy to find a flattering striped shirt and I’ve seen so many cute outfit inspirations on Pinterest!  I’m so happy I finally found one I like. I can’t wait to put together some cute outfits!  Like these: (click pictures for the source)

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I <3 stripes. I can’t wait to put together some new outfits.

I have some big plans for 2014.  Our laundry room is getting closer and closer to getting finished, it’s being worked on AS WE SPEAK. I know it was like a year ago when I said it was almost done, and it was technically, but we got a bad hail storm and our contractor had a bunch of roofs, houses and windows to fix, then his normal summer/fall work came in… He’s been busy and our project got pushed to the wayside, until now. Smile I can’t wait to put the finishing touches on it, hopefully just a couple weeks until it’s all settled. (famous last words!)

Once the laundry room is done I want to tackle the organization in this house.  That is one of my loose goals for 2014, so I’m working on a 12 months “plan” of sorts to help myself figure it out. Then I have a bunch of crafty things I want to tackle and a big built-in bookcase that I want to take apart (some of it) and hopefully open up our living room a bit. It will be quite a year, but I am really focused right now (and need the distraction) so I’ve got to jump into it head first while I’m still motivated to get anything done. lol

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As a side note, I need to share THIS recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup.  I made it for dinner tonight, prep took less than 15 minutes, set it in the crock pot for 8 hours and came home to delicious soup.  Ridiculously easy and ridiculously good. This recipe is going to be in full rotation year round. It was too good not to share!

Until next time!

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