If you celebrated Christmas yesterday like me, I hope you had a holly, jolly day! My Christmas was certainly lovely! However, no present made it wonderful or special, it was the connections I made with my family. This may sound super corny and cheesy, but I honestly cherish the real, genuine, heart-to-heart I got to have with my sister and the belly-aching laughter shared with my cousins over a card game WAAAYYY more than any gift. I adored spending my evening just being, just relaxing, eating a delicious dinner and a nice treat in my room while watching Gossip Girl and catching up on some Real Life RD. Moments like these are the true gifts people.
This morning as I was peddling away on my recumbent bike and reading my new book, I realized that this year, I’ve given myself the best gifts I could ever receive. My health, my success, my dreams. I’ve worked so hard and have accomplished so much. Last May, I “took the plunge” and started my own food, fitness, and fashion Instagram. Little did I know, but this was a life-changing step. A step towards becoming the people I had wished to be, a step towards my dream. Even more recently, I stepped out of my comfort zone and I started this blog. I’ll be the first to admit, I still have no clue what I’m doing, but still, this blog makes me happy, it’s something that will grow along with me. It fills me with pride, it’s a step towards my dream. Today, I filled out an application for an independent research class offered to advanced students at my school. My topic choice; nutrition, metabolic damage, hypothyroidism, and the negative results of restrictive eating. This application got me really excited! It finally hit me how cool it’s going to be to get to work with real professionals to conduct my research. I’ll get to learn about and share my passion! Again, a step towards my dream. So, as this year comes to an end, I’m reflecting on how utterly blessed I am and how surrounded by opportunity I am. I’m truly thrilled about what I’ve accomplished! 2016, I’m ready! I’m ready to take this blog to the next level, to grow, to learn, to live.
Now that that sap fest is over…how about a Christmas recap!
I didn’t snap a pic of dinner, but I had some super good crockpot blueberry BBQ pulled pork, zucchini, more sugar snaps, and a little pumpkin coffee cake. The cake actually was a nice compliment to the pork! This pulled pork is waaaaayyyy better than your traditional fair as, upon my request, we don’t use the fatty gristly part of the pig you’d traditionally use, but rather the delicious, lean part. Who likes that rubbery fat anyway, gross!
I hope your having a wonderful holiday season! Remember, the best gifts are moments, so don’t miss ’em! Have that cookie and savor it, spend a day in your jammies because you can, do some morning yoga to start your day, go for a walk and TALK, TALK, TALK with a loved one. Let me know if you guys like this more free form post style and, as always if you have any post requests.
Enjoy the moment,
xoxo Meah <3