|Found this gem on good old Google!|
2014...you were not easy.
Albeit - you were better than 2013, but still, - not easy. The euphoric ups and incredibly humbling lows made 2014 a year of growth for me. So many amazing things and people have come my way and I wouldn't be where I am without them. That being said - I also wouldn't be where I am if it weren't for some people from my past. Relationships may end, friendships may fizzle - but no matter what, those people had an impact on my life.
They help shape me and helped me become who I am today.
Over the past year, you have been along for the crazy ride of awesomejennjenn.com. You've seen what I've eaten, where I have explored and what I have celebrated - and it has been awesome. This is going to continue, but now - it's time to bring you a little deeper into this crazy thing called my life. I'm going to start posting some more personal posts and give you a glimpse into the real JennJenn - behind all the posts and updates you see on social media. You're also going to notice a change on the site as I am in the middle of redesigning and it is going to be awesome! I am so excited for the re-launch! AwesomeJennJenn will also have contributors in the near future - so you'll be seeing different things from them as well! If you're interested in becoming a contributor - let me know! Stay tuned! #excited
Back in 2013, I hit what I thought was my rock bottom. After spending some time in the hospital and going through some major changes in my personal life - I thought I had it all figured out in 2014. Well, turns out I didn't. LOL I don't think we ever really have it all figured out. I think we go through life, take each battle as it comes our way and do our best to get through it all on top.
So all that being said, going into 2015 - changes will be made. Time to prioritize what's really important. Spending time with family and friends, getting back into shape and making lifestyle changes to reflect that and grow.
Grow personally, professionally, mentally and spiritually.
|Lululemon - you get me!|
I posted something a few days ago that I came cross while out or a walk. It was a pictures of a sign in front of Lululemon. It said "Forget resolutions - make goals #2015". This resonated with me. While resolutions may work for some - far too often mine are forgotten by mid-February. LOL So this year I'm doing things a little differently. I'm setting goals for myself. Realistic goals of things I want to accomplish, achieve and change in 2015.
Ready to #DigDeep and get insane with @shauntfitness #Insanity! #beachbody Staying healthy and fit is not only important for your physical health - but also your mental health. This is something I know - yet have been slacking on and am feeling the effects of said slacking. Changes must be made - and will be. Stay tuned as I blog about my progress working my way though this.
Over the past year I have put my health, both physical and mental, on the back burner. As someone who has suffered from severe depression and anxiety - this is no good. Being healthy and active is one of the best ways to cope with depression and anxiety. I know this. Yet, I've been slacking majorly in that department and it's taken its toll on me. I can feel the ever so familiar grips of depression slowly pulling me back in to a place that I do not want to be. So now it's time to be proactive. Setting up a routine, sticking to it and making my health a priority again. Being, and staying, healthy is something that has to be taken care of.
I've developed a plan with the help of the great people at INSANITY. You’ve heard of it, I'm sure. You #DigDeep and commit to at least 60 days of hard work and you'll see the results. I'm committed to the 60-day program and will be starting in January. Sharing my weekly check-ins with all of you! Of course, follow along my Twitter and Instagram for the live-feed of my pain and suffering. LOL
Also - I'm still committed to running. Running is a great stress relief for me and is one of my coping methods when it comes to my depression and anxiety. Thanks to Nike
I've been able to improve my
running over the past few months. Now it's time to take it to another
level. I’m constantly being motivated by fellow bloggers, like Sasha Exeter of SoSasha.com and
Catriona Smart of CocoandCowe.com. They push their limits and are great motivators for the fitness
|My cousin Sean was once so much smaller than me...now he's a giant!|
|Me teaching my grandmother how to take a selfie|
|Me and my bug-a-boo, also known as Jaelyn - my niece|
|The Three Musketeers: Mommy, JennJenn and sister Teresa|
I have a beautiful, supportive family. When I lived in
- they were what I missed most. Now that I'm back - I'm lucky enough to live
semi-close to most of them. So, one of my goals is to spend more time with them building memories. There has been a lot of loss in my personal life
over the past few years, as well as in those close to me. When things like this
happen – it’s a reminder to me to spend the time that we do have left with the
ones we care most about. You never know how long you have with them – so reach
out and do whatever you can to share time together. Vancouver
|I attempted a Persimon and Chorizo Pizza...it came out fab!|
Eating better is high up on my list for 2015. I love going out for nice dinners as much as the next gal - but I really want to start cooking again. I don't want reservations to be my favourite thing to make for dinner anymore. I want to try out new recipes, using different ingredients - and sharing the successful ones with all of you! LOL I also want to try out a new restaurant every month. While I’ve opened myself up, somewhat – to trying new foods…there is still so much more for me to try! I’ve never had Indian food! That’s on the top of the list to try in 2015 – so if you have any Indian restaurant recommendations (or restaurant recommendations in general) – let me know!
|Christmas bags filled with goodies from my mother for my beautiful nieces!|
Back in 2013, when I was in the hospital - I got into doing some arts and crafts projects. Nothing too fancy, some painting and whatnot - but releasing that creativity via another outlet other than writing was therapeutic. And just like so many other people - I'm obsessed with Pinterest. So I'm going to start tackling a few DIY projects. Much like the recipes, I'll share the successful ones with you here on the blog-a-roo. This is also something I can incorporate with my family. I have two beautiful, young nieces (see above) who love to do arts and crafts. This is a way we can spend more time together and build more memories! Win-win!
One of the blessings that has come my way this year is being able to work with #RAKE (Random Acts ofKindness Everywhere). Being able to not only help people, but also see all the efforts of others helping people around them is something I wouldn't change for the world. I've yet to meet the founder, Ricky - but
will be graced with his presence in
the new year. One of my goals is to continue helping others, as much as I
feasibly can. It’s incredibly selfish of me because by doing so – it makes me
feel so utterly amazing. You never know how much something so small - like a
phone call, paying someone a compliment or even buying a $5 blanket from
Walmart to give to someone on the streets who’s cold and scared – means to
Everyone deserves a little extra kindness thrown their way. Throw that ish like it’s confetti!
Trust me – you’ll feel better by doing so.
|Jenn Squared <3|
Since launching my blog just a year ago - I have met some AMAZING people and made some great friends. One of my goals is to make more time to spend with these awesome people. I want to see my friends, not only at events we both attend. We need to make time for each other. Some of us are already in the planning stages for some, what I can only assume will be epic, road trips - and this has me VERY excited!
On a final note - if we have taken a picture together - please, send it my way. I'm getting pictures printed and framed for a photo wall and would love to incorporate some candid pics with my awesome friends! If we haven’t hung out, or taken pics – 2015 is bringing us another 365 chances to do so.