Taking back 2015

So I decided early on in 2015 that this would be the year to try new things. Or even some new “old” things. It’s been long overdue to leave my little comfort zone and branch out a bit in some areas – even if they’re trivial or seem superficial, they still count!

Brazilian blowout – I splurged on this hair treatment two times so far this year. I love, love, love the results. It’s expensive, but it’s a dream come true for a mom who has to blow dry piece by piece and then flat-iron afterwards. All I do now is blast a blow dryer on it for 5 minutes and it looks like this – such a time saver. I highly recommend it if you have thick, frizzy hair that is hard to tame.



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Camping – I have never had any desire to camp since I was a Girl Scout. Glamping, yes. Camping, no. Give me hotels any day. But when my stepson suggested we all go as a family, I said yes immediately. What I didn’t know is that the campsite was at an altitude of 7,000 feet and it was freezing cold up in the mountains. The air was so fresh and crisp though, and the scenery was breathtaking. Our littlest guy didn’t do so well sleeping in the tent, however – whether he was cold or uncomfortable,  I’m not sure. So we headed down the mountain a day early. And my poor daughter got sick from the motion and the altitude drop. Fun times. At least we tried.

Pilates – I knew I wanted to try a new workout this year. I had been limited for so long due to lack of childcare or my son not doing well in the nursery areas of gyms. I had heard that reformer Pilates gets pretty quick results, so I decided to try an even more advanced form of it: the Megaformer. Let me tell you, it was a rough first month. My muscles basically went into failure each time I did a class! But over time, my endurance definitely increased and I am feeling much stronger from consistent workouts. I recommend this type of workout to anyone wanting to shake things up a bit with their strength training.

Running – I have never been a runner. I enjoy almost any other workout – spin, bootcamp, pilates, yoga – but running has always been so boring to me. Plus, the stomach/chest cramps that come on are a killer! Well, one day in March or April, I decided to run a few miles at the beach. To my complete surprise, I went out there and did the entire run without stopping to walk at all. Then I did it the next day and the day after that and the day after that. I kept this up for a few weeks and I enjoyed the quiet time and serenity. The sunsets were so gorgeous that I really felt connected to nature and God at the same time. I am so glad I gave it another chance.

Bowling – I literally don’t think I’ve bowled since high school maybe? But for whatever reason, I wanted to do it this year. So my husband and I used a babysitter and took my stepson with us. It took me awhile to get the hang of it again, but my second game wasn’t too shabby. I definitely want to make it a regular thing. So fun.

Ice skating – Another new “old” thing for me. I haven’t ice skated in years, but my daughter took up a sudden interest in it. So now we’ve been a few times and although she is way better than me, I have really enjoyed doing this with her. We laugh so hard because we are just so haphazard about it!

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Helicopter ride – perhaps one of the scarier new things for me this year. My husband and I took a trip with some colleagues and friends to New York City this Fall, and one of the scheduled events was a helicopter tour of the city. Now, I knew I couldn’t pass this opportunity up. I tried not to think about it too much – especially when they strapped life preservers to our waists as we lined up for the tour. It was a quick 20-minute ride and I was blown away by the views of the city. Definitely a fear that was worth facing!

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Since there are still three months left of the year, I’m hoping to squeeze in a few more fun things. Suggestions welcomed!

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