Wednesday, January 22, 2014

|| The Great Outdoors ||

Living in Arizona is awesome. It's January and I have been hiking twice this week! It's warm, sunny, and wind free every single day! I am really trying to take advantage of living here. I made some goals at the first on the month and like everyone some of them had to do with my fitness. I am trying to do it in a fun way by being more active in all aspects of my life and not just going to the gym everyday. So far so good! Hopefully it will last!
Since my husband is the best and so supportive he planned a hike on Martin Luther King day! We went with Chase and Allison and hiked Camelback! We had so much fun. It was pretty challenging but I'm glad I finished it! The view was really cool and we could see the whole valley! I actually can't wait to do it again, hopefully soon!

Then today I went on a easy and fun hike with Tera! It was a lot more fun than running on the treadmill, that's for sure! 

I hope I can keep up my new "lifestyle"! Also anyone that wants to come and visit me, you can come hike with me and enjoy this perfect weather… ;)

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

|| Year in Review: A 2013 Survey ||

Hello fine people! Welcome to 2014!! Whoop whoop. I decided before I give a recap of my Christmas/New Years I would do a little survey all about my BIG year in 2013! Feel free to do this, it was kinda fun, but let me know you did it so I can check yours out!

1.What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before?
Well I got married. It was a first for me! Also I moved to another country!

2. Did you keep your New Year's Resolutions, and will you make more this year?
Honestly I can't even remember if I made any last year. I was in the middle of planning a wedding so I bet my resolution was not to go insane before Feb 23rd and I did that soooo yep I did!

3. What is something crazy you did this year?
I didn't really do anything crazy… Maybe fly back and forth from AZ to Canada upwards of 8+ times?

4. What places did you visit?
New Mexico, Salt Lake, Denver (does the airport count), California, Vegas and Montana.

5. What dates from 2013 will remain etched in your memory, and why?
Jan 2 - I went through the Temple for my first time. It was such a great experience and so amazing to have all my family and friends come and support me. Feb 23 - Our wedding day. Because I got married. You know kind of self explanatory.  April 27 - Brett's Birthday. It was the first one we had spent together! We went to a drive in movie and it was a really fun day!   July 4th - We got to go to New Mexico and I got to meet the Holt side of Brett's family. It was such a blast! Can't wait for their next reunion!   July 17-Aug 9 - I got to see almost every member of my immediate and extended families! Having two reunions back to back was so special and I am so grateful I was able to make them both.   Aug 30 - Mitch returned from his 2 year mission! BEST DAY! Missed the crap out of him.

6. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I know this is going to sound lame but it was definitely getting married. It's not an easy thing to do you know. I had to search long and hard to find Brett and I feel like I won big time with snatching him up. I spent a lot of hard/happy long years in the YSA looking for him. I seriously couldn't have married a better person for me. He makes me better and helps me when I am down and celebrates with me when I succeed. I am pretty much obsessed with the guy.

7. What was your biggest failure?
This one is a little embarrassing but it would have to by my overall fitness. I really slacked off this year and have a few extra lbs to show for it. I kept setting goals and then coming up short with them. I have recommitted this year though… so wish me luck!

8. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Well just the same one that I have been for almost 5 years now…. the dreaded Celiac!

9. What was the best thing you bought?
A photography mentorship with Jalene Taylor. She was the sweetest, most helpful girl! She has helped me take my photography to a better place and I owe her BIG time!

10. Where did most of your money go?
Straight to Mid Western University's pockets!  You are welcome Mid Western for taking all of my life savings. I hope you didn't spend it all in one place...

11. What did you get really excited about?
I was actually super excited to be in my own house and decorating it however I (and Brett of course) wanted! It still sometimes feels like I am playing house and Brett isn't my real husband.

12. What song will always remind you of 2013?
Hunter Hayes - Wanted

13. What do you wish you'd done more of?
I wish I had done more socializing. I was pretty much a hermit and to afraid to meet new people. I had lived in an area where I was always around my life long friends and never had to really make new ones and meeting new people was/is really scary for me.

14. What do you wish you'd done less of?
I would have to say T.V watching… Ya it's a bad habit of mine. I kind of love it….

15. How did you spend Christmas?
We spent most of it in Raymond and Magrath with our families! We did go to the cabin in Montana for a few days and had a blast! Christmas was seriously the best ever.

16. Did you fall in love in 2013?
How about more in love?

17. What was your favourite TV program?
Ah as I said above I have a love/hate relationship with TV. My favs were Vampire Diaries, Greys, Extreme Weight Loss, Biggest Loser, Elementary, and Modern Family.

18. What was the best book you read?
The Elisabeth Smart book. It was REAL good.

19. What did you want and get?
The Husband spoiled me rotten on my bday and got the 85mm lens I had been wanting forever!

20. What was your favourite film of the year?
42, Monster's University, and the 2nd Hobbit. (this was hard… we watch a lot of movies)

21. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I went to the zoo, dinner, and got real spoiled! - see here - I turned 25 years young...

22. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Uhhh leggings, baggy shirts and flip flops? Is that a fashion concept? Maybe lazy.

23. What kept your sane?
My husband. Through all the ups and downs he was my rock.

24. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
This is random but probably Hillary Duff. I am sick of seeing Disney stars go crazy for attention and I liked how she had a baby and has a family and is normal and doesn't care if that's all over the news.

25. Whom did you miss?
I missed my family a lot. You know moving FAR away for the first time and all. Other then those guys I would have to say Katelyn. The last time I moved away she moved with me so this was different. It's hard not seeing your bff all the time. Especially when at first I had no real friends. Sometimes texting/facetiming/socialmedia just doesn't quite cut it.

26. Who was the best new person you met?
I can't even answer this one! I have met so many great people this year!! My whole ward is awesome and I have met a ton of great people through Brett!

27. What was a valuable life lesson your learned in 2013?
Somethings are worth waiting for.

27. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"We're having such a good time together and it's only just begun..." -Easton Corbin

28. What is your favourite memory of 2013?
That would be the family dinner/ program we had on our wedding day. I just think about it and it puts a smile on my face. If I could go back in time and relive that moment again and again I would.

29. What was the best vacation you were able to take?
I would have to say it was our road trip to Provo this summer. We got to spend time with Kylie which was awesome! Brett showed me around his old stomping grounds at BYU and we just did a lot of fun stuff that week and laughed a lot!

30. Sum up 2013 in one word.

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