In with the new!

Well, I’m not in love with the number 2013, but oh well.  365 days of this odd number (it’s not prime, but it may as well be).

Don’t worry, I have ZERO desire to list out resolutions for the new year.  I don’t know about you but I hate that crap*.  I try to (self) reflect and examine how I can improve my lifestyle throughout the year.  January 1st is just another rabbit rabbit.  Your body can’t tell the difference between this day and April 16th, so make good choices whenever you figure out what they are.  Right?!

Plus, If I were to write out my 2013 goals, they might look something like this:

Gain another 5+ lbs
Go to the hospital

Not exactly the typical list, huh.  Ok, ok, there is one thing I can put down that’s real.  Figure out work/family balance.  But it’s not really a resolution because it’s not yet an issue.  Plus it’s something I’m going to try and be mindful of for years to come (as opposed to just this new year).

I know 2013 will be a crazy one in the hippie household.  There are a lot of variables we are trying to sort out right now with our jobs and the future of our family.  But there’s a lot of “wait and see” uncertainty too.  The good news is that none of that stuff stresses me out.  In the past it may have.  I like plans.  I like knowing what’s going to happen so I can ready myself.  But for some reason the type A tendency to hyper-manage the future vanished when I moved back to CA.  Maybe it was me growing up.  Or maybe I learned that letting go doesn’t mean everything will spiral out of control.  After all, Kyle and I both quit our rock solid Manhattan jobs in the worst economy to move across the country where we were essentially homeless for several months prior to our wedding.  And things worked out!  Duh.

So why try to make the future fit into a nice little mold?  We have a little baby on the way!  Life is good.  Things will happen, good and bad, and we will tackle them like we do.  And there will be three of us.  And that makes me happy.

What are your thoughts on resolutions?  Do you make them?

*Please note, I do think resolutions can be (and generally are) a good thing.  Examining ways to make positive changes going forward is totally healthy and normal and encouraged.  So don’t take my snarky writing at face value.  Go right ahead and analyze where you can improve things in your life and do the damn thang.  Just know if I see “go paleo” or “reduce carbs” on your list I’ll probably stop following your blog.  Kidding! [Kinda, but not really]

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I’m holding onto the holidays…just a little longer.  Because I got this adorable Almond Breeze hot cocoa package in the mail and was waiting for just the right moment to enjoy it.

I’m a huge AB fan and thought this was such a clever idea.

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I paired my cocoa with candied ginger and home-made chocolate nut toffee (my [parents’] neighbor makes this every year and I brought a few pieces back with me from home).  I don’t even mind the walnuts on top; it’s THAT good.

With this kind of diet, I’d say I’m on my way to tackling those 5+ lbs…who knows, maybe they will all go straight to my uterus (fingers crossed?).  Actually, I don’t really feel like pushing out a 10 pound baby, so I retract that statement.  I’ll take half of those pounds myself.

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18 thoughts on “In with the new!

  1. Lori @ Coolgreendays

    I had an 11 pounder and a 5 pounder and it ‘felt’ exactly the same :) So don’t worry about a big baby x Such exciting times ahead for you & Kyle – Happy Days & 2013 xx

  2. Sarah

    I make big babies, in fact two of them were a smidge over 10lbs, and they came out fine. :D You’ll do great!

    Regarding goals, I read an article about setting “keystone” goals and how you should focus on one thing that will have an impact on other areas of your life. So I’ve decided to wake up at 6am every day in the hopes that it will have a trickle-down affect on other things like getting to the gym early and morning meditation, etc. Fingers crossed.

  3. Abby

    My goal for 2013 is to not read about everyone else’s goals for 2013. I’m with you in that every day is a change to be a little bit better if we choose, but I do also think that it’s good people take stock and whatever. It’s just annoying that it’s often short-lived and so vocal ;)

    And what a great year ahead for you! I’m also a bit unclear as to what 2013 will bring, or what I want it to bring, but I know it won’t involve a little baby boy. Can’t wait to meet the new Mr. Hippie!

  4. Courtney

    I love that little Almond Breeze carton! Did they send it to you? I have never seen that size in the store! I think it would be great to take on a road trip or for staying a few nights in a hotel (with a fridge)…

    Courtney

  5. Lou

    Ha, I’m totally with you on the whole resolution thing – it gets so annoying at this time of the year!!

    You have the right attitude, my dear – just make sure to enjoy these last few months “alone” ;)

  6. Elise Post author

    hi beth! i responded on my fodmaps site, but in case you check here first, here’s my response…
    if you havent done the elimination diet and challenge phases id encourage you to start there. if you eat almonds and various by products regularly you may not be sensitive to them. i tolerate almond butter, almond milk and almonds fine. they dont seem to be a group that bothers me so i dont worry about moderation or serving sizes. however, i think its best for everyone to do their own elimination and reintroduction to sort out which foods cause them problems and which dont.
    once you know that you can start worrying about how to replace them.

  7. Shawnna

    I love your relaxed attitude :) Both of my babies were really big and I had no problems. My 10 pounder almost didn’t wait for the midwife to get to the hospital, he came into the world so easily!

  8. JenRoth

    My goal is simply to cook more of your recipes! I made the BBQ tofu with quinoa and raisins last night and it was delicious. Next on my list is those cinnamon rolls :)
    Happy new year!

  9. Jamie

    I like New Years goals, mostly because January is a good time to get lots of support (since so many other people are trying to better themselves) and also my diet, exercises and finances usually flop hard during December and need an overhaul anyways. BUT I also don’t think that people should *wait* until New Years to start their goals. I switched from omnivorous back to GF/pesceterian smack dab in the middle of the holidays! And re-assessing goals year-round is part of my routine.

    This year my most fun goal is to do one majorly kind thing (in addition to everyday-nice) every month– like clean a friend’s entire house, or knit a scarf and give it to a cold-looking stranger downtown. Another fun one is to enjoy more sushi and fewer happy hours. A less fun one is to start a pet/medical fund for my aging kitty, because I bet I’ll need it in the next year…

    And, you know, just to assess myself in small ways throughout the day. Try not to be irritated at work. Always think hard before I say “no” to a suggestion or invite. Less TV and more books. Less alcohol and more kombucha. Healthy replacements whenever I can!

  10. RoseRunner

    LOL at your “list” and your take on new years resolutions. That sums up the way I’ve always felt…what an arbitrary way to make goals! Set those goals the minute they are needed! (Or, in my case, kind of float through life without goals and a general attitude of just getting stuff done.) 2013 is a displeasing number, but you will always remember it as the baby hippie’s bday! Cheers to a full year for your family!

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