Resolutions

Twelve days into 2014 and I’ve decided to formalize my new year’s resolutions. Until now, they’ve been floating around in my head waiting to be solidified and articulated. Not exactly the typical ‘I want to exercise more’ format, but here goes…

In 2014, I’d like to:

  • Celebrate my femininity – Sometimes I forget how much FUN being a woman can be — pretty clothes, makeup, girlfriends, silly music, fruity drinks, fascinators, and so much more. This year, I want to embrace and enjoy all the benefits that come with being a woman.
  • Care for the people and things in my life – Peter and I have such loving families, wonderful friends, a beautiful new home, and a kitty that we both adore. This year, I want to nurture those relationships and take care of the possessions we are so blessed to have.
  • Reconnect with my creative side – Growing up, I loved being creative. I could often be found painting, doing crafts, making music, or cooking. This year, I want to tap into that creative side again and see where it leads me.
  • Surrender to possibility – These last few years have been all about setting up my life here in the UK and it’s taken a lot of planning and research to make it happen. This year, I want to do less planning and more accepting of the opportunities that come our way. We’ve created a beautiful foundation here and it’s time to see what this life has in store for us!

Oh, and for a very concrete resolution, I’d also like to get my UK driving license in 2014. It’s definitely overdue.

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Tourist in My New Town

This morning the sun was shining, Peter was off to watch rugby with a friend, and I had the place to myself. After the hustle and bustle of the last few weeks, I decided on a relaxing day — doing exactly what I wanted, when I wanted and not worrying about anything.

I started by lingering in bed, reading magazines, and snuggling with Lola, my kitty. After a pancake breakfast, I set off on foot to get some errands done and explore our local area.

Hersham Village is less than a 10 minute walk from our house and has a good selection of local shops and restaurants. Since our dryer is broken, my first stop was the launderette (laundry mat) in Hersham to get some washing done.

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Clothes in the washing machine, I popped across the street for some stamps at the local post office and then ambled down to the village green.

Right near the village green is a World War I memorial park honoring the men from Hersham who died in the war.

Beyond the village center, I saw signs for the ‘Hersham Riverside’ and had to investigate. Within a few minutes, I’d arrived at this open area.

England has been plagued by tons of rain lately, leading to flooding across the country. I imagine this area was also affected so it’s hard to see what it looks like normally. From what I could tell, it seems like there are a few paths that run next to the river and benches along the way.

The ground was too muddy to explore further so I went back to the village center and got my nails done at the local salon. Then it was time to pick up my clothes and head home. Along the way, I grabbed lunch at an adorable restaurant ‘Hello Sushi’ on the corner. Definitely going back there, it was delicious!

My errands turned into a great way to spend the day. I love our new house and how convenient it is to everything!

Made My Monday

From the beginning, we planned for this narrow room in the new house to be my “Yoga Studio” and office. As the months of waiting for the house stretched on, my excitement for early morning workouts and late night relaxation in this space continued to grow.

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This morning, I finally put it to use with a yoga session before work! What a great way to start the day.

Now that the room is functional, I’m looking forward to decorating it myself. As sweet as it is, nursery wallpaper doesn’t really match the yoga theme I’m going for.

Happy 2014!

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Hope everyone’s new year is off to a fantastic start! We had the good fortune of ringing in 2014 with family in gorgeous Crested Butte, Colorado.

The last month has been a hectic and wonderful culmination to a busy year.
In 2013, we celebrated our first wedding anniversary, took a belated honeymoon, visited 8 countries together, sold two homes (one in the US), and bought a house together in the UK. In the midst of that activity, I also switched jobs and started a new blog. What a year!

The very best part was that we were able to move into our new house right before heading to the US for Christmas and New Years. We’re on our way back home now and looking forward to start settling in and exploring our new surrounds.

Can’t wait to share the journey with you! This new year is looking very bright!