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#Weverb11 – Day 30 – Meditate & Day 31: Foresee

30 Dec

Day 30:  Meditate

Were you happy with who you were in 2011? Who do you want to be in 2012 and beyond? 

Contributed by Kimberly Michelle []

For the first time in a long time, I can actually say that I was happy with who I was in 2011. Just the other night, I was watching TV with The Hubs and sort of spaced out and thought to myself “Life is pretty good.” 

It’s not like I have a perfect life or have everything that I could possible want or need, but in 2011 I felt fulfilled. Both at work (which hasn’t happened in a LONG time) and at home. 

In 2012, I want to continue to be happy. I want to accept the things that I can’t control and choose to behave in positive ways in every situation. I want to be nicer and do more good for others. 

Day 31:  Foresee

Where do you hope to be on January 1, 2013

Contributed by Kaileen Elise []

On January 1, 2013, I hope to be more well traveled, calmer/less anxious, and hopefully… hopefully on the road to parenthood. I know that that last thing is not something that I can control particularly, but I hope that I am able to accept whatever situation we are in and take whatever steps The Hubs and I feel comfortable with making in 2012 in order to make that dream come true.


**Stay tuned for tomorrow, when I hope to share what I’ve accomplished in 2011 and Sunday for a new set of goals for 2012!**

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#Weverb11 – Day 28 – Pay it Forward & Day 29 – Gush

29 Dec
Day 28:  Pay it Forward

Describe a random act of kindness you benefited from in 2011. How will you pay it forward in 2012?

Contributed by Bella []

Is it sorta sad that I can’t think of a specific random act of kindness…

I mean people have done plenty of nice things for me, but nothing totally random (like Bebe having water left out for her at a random house along her running route!).

So instead here are a few things people have done that I can think of…
  • Having Starbucks randomly brought to me at work by my bestie.
  • Having someone complement me on my writing and training at work.
  • Whenever The Hubs cleaned something up or did something that he knew I would really appreciate without me having to ask.
Next year, I would like to perform more random acts of kindness. Perhaps pay the toll on the bridge for the car behind me or get the coffee for the person behind me. 

Day 29:  Gush

Begin to create a plan for “My friends day out 2012” – tell us what you envision.

Contributed by Julie Jordan Scott []

I love my friends and would love to have a Girl’s Day Out in 2012! Except for the fact that most of my friends will be very pregnant or with little ones for 2012…

But if I could do anything for a girl’s day out, we would start out by hitting up Starbucks and getting a nice warm delicious coffee and pastry. Next we would head to the spa -preferably the Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley. I had a Girl’s Day Out in 2008 with a friend from grad school where we both ditched work and headed to the Claremont. 

Image Source: Critical Thinking Community

It was AHH-mazing! The Claremont is beautiful and makes you feel really rich just being there. I got an hour long massage and an hour long oxygenated facial – both which were heavenly! Then we got to hang out in the spa all day and sit in the deluge (which makes your hair smell heavenly!). 

After hanging out at the spa for most of the day, we’d go to my favorite sushi restaurant, Amakara, for a delicious early dinner. Their sushi rolls, especially the one they call Klondike Express is to DIE for!

The day would end at a wine bar, perhaps Residual Sugar  or any other wine bar for that matter! It would be the opportunity to sit with a glass of wine and chat about our lives in lounge-like comfort.

Just writing about this wonderful day, is making me long for it! 🙂

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#Weverb11 – Day 27: Spend

28 Dec

Day 27:  Spend

Where did your money go this year? Where do you want it to go in 2012?

Contributed by Kimberly Michelle []

Both The Hubs and I are pretty good about saving money. We don’t go on extravagant vacations or buy extravagant things. I think that a lot of our money goes to eating out or groceries, since we aren’t very good about meal planning.

Our biggest purchases of the 2011 included our trip to Seattle and buying tickets for our trip to Vegas in 2012. The Vegas trip was especially expensive since the Garth Brooks tickets are $250 a pop! I’m sure it will be well worth it though!

We also purchased our TV console, which wasn’t expensive, but still something we considered a “major” purchase.

Next year, I hope to spend money on one other vacation (I’m thinking maybe Chicago or Hawaii…).  And if a bun finally inhabits my oven, I would like to invest in a new car, one where The Pup can be kept in the way back away from all passengers. My current crush is on the Toyota Highlander…

Image Source: Toyota

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#Weverb11 – Day 26: Revive

27 Dec

Day 26:  Revive
Share a favorite photo from the past year. What was happening behind the scenes? What were you thinking or feeling? What could you smell, taste, see, hear at that moment?

Contributed by Tara []

This is one of my favorite pictures of the year. I call it “Sparkling Seattle”. 

The Hubs and I were on a tour of the city as viewed from Elliott Bay/Puget Sound. It was an amazing way to experience this beautiful city that both The Hubs and I had been wanting to visit for over three years. 

The air was crisp and smelled like vacation. (Vacation to me smells like fresh pine trees and although I don’t specifically recall smelling that while on the cruise, I do recall smelling it as we drove through the outskirts of Seattle. That’s something you don’t get in California unless you head to Lake Tahoe or up north to Mendocino or Humboldt County, well outside the city limits!)

I was feeling exciting and energized. I had just flown the furthest from home I had ever been. I was experiencing a new city with The Hubs. There’s something wonderful about experiencing something for the first time with your spouse. 

I could taste freedom. 

The whole trip made me realize how limiting I was making my life by allowing fear to get the best of me. Fear of flying, fear of the unknown, fear of spending too much money…

All I have to do is look at this picture and know that I want to experience more new things with The Hubs. Hopefully 2012 will bring many more new adventures!


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#Weverb11 – Day 24: Control & Day 25: Celebrate

26 Dec
Day 24:  Control
What did you finally let go of in 2011? What will you let go of in 2012?

Contributed by Julie Jordan Scott []

This year I finally let go of the work fiasco that happened last year and really feel like I was able to establish myself in my new position. It was one of the goals I had for 2011 and I think that I pretty much accomplished it. 
Next year, I’m going to try to let go of constantly worrying about what the future will hold and to focus on the present and acceptance. I can only control my actions and attitudes to situations that arise. As far as I know, I am not psychic and can’t predict the future, so why continue worrying. This is going to be especially difficult for me, but it’s a work in process!

Day 25:  Celebrate
What did you celebrate in 2011? Are you looking forward to any celebrations in 2012?

Contributed by Kaileen Elise []

My favorite celebrations of 2011 were mostly of birthday milestones:
My Grandpa’s 90th Birthday
My Sister’s 21st Birthday
The Hubs’s 30th Birthday
Rowan’s First Birthday
Next year, I’m looking forward to celebrating my two best friends having babies. And I’m trying to look forward to my 30th birthday, although right now it just makes me feel old!

#Weverb11 – Day 22: Accomplish & Day 23: Grasp

23 Dec

Day 22:  Accomplish

What is one thing you want to do before you bid adieu to 2011? How will you make it happen?

Contributed by Bella []

In this last week of 2011 that I thankfully have off from work, the one thing I want to accomplish is to finish watching the Oprah’s Life Classes that I have saved on the DVR. I watched the first couple of weeks when they first came out and actively watched the show including taking notes! I’m all about learning and the life lessons Oprah is teaching ar every important to remember.  I hope to then wrote blog posts like the one I wrote on Ego so that I can come fully circle and teach what I learned. It will be a great collection of thoughts and ideas that I will easily be able to go back to.
To make this happen, I plan on using the four days I will be home by myself to take some quiet time to watch and then reflect. It is going to be GLORIOUS! 🙂

Day 23:  Grasp

Describe something you actively engaged in learning this year.

Contributed by Katie []

This year, I actively engaged in learning more about yoga and meditation. Early in the year, I stepped out of my comfort zone and took a meditation class where I explored what I might want to do in my career in the future. Then I began taking yoga classes more often, including the Yoga for Fertility class. I had done a ton of research regarding yoga previously, but it wasn’t until this year where I really actively began learning and practicing.

#Weverb11 – Day 21: Ripple

23 Dec
Day 21:  Ripple
The butterfly effect posits that a small change can ripple across whole ecosystems. Who do you credit for the small action that made all the difference in your life this year?

Contributed by Zak []

I think that having one of my best friends start working at my company really made all of the difference in my mood and attitude this year, both at work and at home. I’m no longer miserable at work, which translates into me being less moody at home. 

Having someone to vent with, bounce ideas off of, get advice from has been so helpful. I think it has made me realize that I really wasn’t alone in all the things I was feeling on the job and made me more confident in the decisions I make while at work. I was this.close. to finding something else, but now I seem to find more value in what I do and even though there are bad days, the lows aren’t quite as low.

It’s amazing what a friend can do!


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