Last Meanderings of 2013, it’s been real

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I’ve missed you! How was your holiday? Above is an Instagram glimpse into mine. Hopefully you’re taking some time wherever you are at the tail end of this year to relax, reflect, and feel renewed for 2013.

I’m so excited for the new year & can feel that good stuff is brewing. I’ve got a festive new year post for you tomorrow, but until then meander my favorite inspiring new year posts from around the internet as well as a collection of my favorite posts of 2013 from here in Wonderland.

Favorite inspiring & timely New Years Posts from around the web:

Gabby’s 14 Ways To Make ’14 Miraculous.

Jenny’s Drop Kick your Comfort Zone in 2014.

Carly’s Instead of Making ‘Get Healthier Resolutions…’

Kris Carr’s Forget New Year’s Resolutions & Find Your Ease In 2014

Best of 2013 in Wonderland:

First of all here are last year’s last Meanderings of 2012… always fun to be nostolgic.

My healthy marshmallow recipe from last week.

This interview with Isabel Foxen Duke on how to not be crazy around food (also from last week, ending the year with a bang).

The WWDiet!

My 2013 gift guides.

19 Ways to Start & End your Day!

The one where I learned a lesson.

The epic Last Dance Challenge Check in No. 12.

…and last but not least all my WWRadio Episodes (Thank you so much to all my amazing guests, I respect you all so much and I’m so grateful for your unique perspectives and inspiration.)

Monday Meanderings on a Wednesday

Remember this pretty salad?

Man, I love a good picnic! Have one this week!

7 hot summer salads yum!

New music from Edward Sharpe!

Understanding Food allergies and intolerances helpful article from Kris Carr

Gabby’s simple Kundalini meditation for irrationality

Cute chambray and I like her hair!

I’ll be choosing a winner to this contest on Friday! don’t forget to enter!

Did you catch Quinn’s episode of WWRadio? New episode Wednesday! With a surprise guest!

Lastly, check out this cool kickstarter!

Twenty-three | Treat yourself like it’s your birthday everyday

While you know how I feel about treating everyday like it’s your birthday from this post, today is really mine! Now that I’m 23 and a little wiser I’ve come to realize putting pressure on a particular day is silly and why not make any day the best day ever like I talk about here? However I still do love a good real birthday. This year I’m thinking of my birthday as a second new year, a time to look back over the past 12 months and all I did when I was 22 before I drive into all I’m going to do at twenty-three.

Gotta love Instagram for being my scrapbook of the past 12-months. So without further ado, my 22nd year in 12 photos, a calendar of my life.

April 2012

May 2012

June 2012

July 2012

August 2012

September 2012

October 2012

November 2012

December 2012

January 2013 

February 2013

March 2013

April 2013

Pictures say a thousand words. I’ve always loved that my blog is more visual, so hopefully you can tell what was going on through my 22nd year without any words at all.

How to have a kick-ass day any day

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I woke up this morning thinking I am going to have the best day ever, an almost involuntary affirmation that just poured out of my mind. I had a few moments of feeling empowered, excited and hopeful, then just instants later my mind jumped in telling me, ‘sure it can be a good day, but not the BEST day ever.’ The reasoning my mind came up with were things like: it’s not my birthday, it’s not the weekend, I’m not on vacation, it’s rainy and gloomy outside, I have to work, I have no big plans, I’m not seeing anyone, I can’t go to yoga class today, I have no exciting meals planned, etc – the list went on.

Then I realized all of these things were just blocks. Obviously, I block myself from having the best day ever, in so many ways. In the morning before even starting my day my mind decided it was an unfit day to be the best day. That had nothing to do with my plans for the day or the weather, rather my thoughts were preventing me from having the best day and that is something I can change.

How?

I’m not sure exactly, but I know that witnessing and becoming aware of how I was blocking myself from feeling good is the first step.

I repeat ‘today is going to be the best day ever’ all morning long, making it difficult for my ego to creep in (as it inevitably does) and tell me all the reasons why today cannot be the best at all. One right action of making myself feel good in the moment leads to another and inspires a ripple effect all day.

Off to figure out how to make this the best day ever, regardless of weather, tasks, obligations, day of the week. You try too & together let’s figure out how to make everyday the best!