New Year, New Goals

First off, I hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas and took the time to relax and enjoy time with family and friends.  With that being said, my two week break is over and it’s onto a new year with new goals just like many of you.

Goal #1- Learn More Recipes

I don’t know if I’m alone here but i seem to collect more amazing reciples and cookbooks than I actually use.  It’s time to put those into action.  A good friend bought me the book called Cooking Light Complete cookbook and it has some awesome recipes that include the prep time, calorie count, and 600 pages of healthy meal options.

If you’re one of the rare people that decide your goal isn’t to lose weight or eat healthier this year than my baking cookbook is the one for you.  Miette is a real bakery in San Francisco that created a cookbook of all their reciples.  Their chocolate cake is to die for and the buttercream has enough fat to give you a heart attack but man, is it worth it.

Note: Both books are available at Chapters & Indigo

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Goal #2- Become a Yogi

In December I started to do hot yoga not only to stay toned and healthy, but because of what it does for the body both mentally and spiritually.  In one month I became a calmer, more relaxed business owner and student and for the first time in years my back stopped hurting (I’ll also mention I dropped a pant size which is always great news!).  In the new year I am going to do hot yoga a minimum of 3 days a week.  If you need more motivation than a more toned, relaxed you it’s also a great excuse to buy new lulu pants (the Wunder Under pant has opened my world to a whole new life of comfort).

I recommend Kamloops Hot Yoga for both the instructors and the pricing:  http://www.kamloopshotyoga.com/

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Goal #3- Love More & Stress Less

Being a wedding & event planner, student, girlfriend, daughter, sister, and friend does not come without stress.  However, how you handle that stress can make all the difference.  This year I’m going to work harder at making those around me feel loved, appreciated, and important.  I’m going to make more time for date nights, writing letters & emails, visiting family and friends, and showing my clients how excited I am to be a part of their wedding/event (because I truly am!).  I’m currently reading a New York Time’s Bestseller called Crucial Confrontations.  I highly recommend it as it teaches you how to communicate with others when stakes are high.  I also visited a website today created by the Random Acts of Kindness Organization (http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/).  This is another way to love more and stress less.

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I wish you all a Happy New Year and am so excited to see what 2012 brings.
See you next year!
Nicole

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