Merry Christmas!!!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the health and happiness possible in the new year. Melificent will return in 2013 (how weird does that sound)!!

Wishes for 2012

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I hope you all had a great holiday season. Still bummed I haven’t been able to be more present! Pretty nuts to think that a new year is upon us once more – I feel as if 2011 was barely around, and now we are ready to welcome the infamous 2012. As always, I’ll start with my wishes for this year before listing off the new ones for the new year!

1. Learn to sew. – one of my amazing friends actually got me a sewing machine for my 30th birthday and I have yet to sit down with it. I have to admit: it terrifies me. However, once I’m done with my certification exams, I’m going to conquer my fears.
2. Continue attempting to cook at least one original meal a week. – Unfortunately, I haven’t had the time to work on this goal. With my new, odd schedule, I often get home past 9pm, but I hope that will change in the months to come.
3. Take up spinning classes. If you survive, continue. If you don’t, try again. I bit the bullet and jumped on the spinning bandwagon. And who knew? I LOVED IT. Unfortunately, I had to cut it out of my life after several months. I chock this up to my schedule again. Drats.
4. Redesign the blog. Create new & fun features to keep people interested. The blog redesign was a success! & this blog continues to be a big part of my life.
5. Grow out your hair. Or chop it off. Go even blonder. Or maybe darker. It’s fun. I decided to grow out my hair in 2011, go blonder and then darker. It is fun, and who knows what is in store for ’12!
6. Embrace turning 30 with open arms. You are going to rock this decade. – This one is not crossed off because I am still having a hard time coming to terms with the big 3-0. It’s just a number, right? Good because I still consider myself a nice, ripe 21.
7. Take care of yourself. Make doctors’ appointments, eat healthier. 2011 is when I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance after forcing myself to make a doctor’s appointment. Although I am far from being gluten free on a consistent basis, I hope to continue finding the balance with this new lifestyle.
8. Look at your passions & move forward. Life is too short to not do what you love. I finally took a very big step in my life and decided to move on from mental health and pursue my love of behavior analysis and working with autistic children. Although it has not been easy, it has been the best decision I have ever made. I am so happy doing what I do. It gives my life meaning and is so rewarding and amazing.
9. Work on further home improvements: pool, shutters, garage. We completed the pool project over the summer and am just now starting on the garage revamp. We couldn’t squeeze the shutters into our budget this year, but luckily had another storm-free season.
10. Plan the most killer trip to Europe. As you all know, we had the most magnificent trip to Europe a couple of months ago. It met all my expectations and then some – those are memories I will keep with me forever.

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Weekend Highlights: NYE Edition


We hosted a little shindig on New Years Eve at our pad for some of our closest friends that didn’t have any plans to ring in 2010. It was small, but so fun. Thanks to a group of some amazing friends, we received Beatles Rock Band which was the highlight of the night. We were actually having so much fun singing and playing along that before we knew it, midnight was right around the corner. We had a fun midnight toast with canned Sofia’s and spent the rest of the night catching up and just hanging out. Nothing too raucous or insane. I couldn’t think of welcoming 2010 in a better way.

The rest of the long weekend was spent being romantic, dancing with friends, visiting family and running random errands. Perfectly understated. Hello, 2010, you are going to be lovely.

Good luck to all of you that are going back to work today (like me) – it’ll be a hard week, but we can do it! And if all fails, just think: 4 more days until the weekend!

Happy New Year!

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I wish you all a very happy new year! Hope you all had fun ringing it in last night and don’t have too hard of a time recovering today. Let’s hope for a prosperous and fantastic 2010!

Wishes for 2010

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Flickr user eleganceisrefusal

Those are meant to be broken. Forgotten. Tossed away.

I prefer wishes.

On the eve of 2010, I’d like to make myself a little list of things I wish to achieve next year, with happiness & health always being in the top spot:

1. Continue “working on my fitness.” Do not get lazy.
2. Own a house. Love it. Make it yours.
3. Find something that makes you happy.
4. Raise more money for Autism Speaks than in 2008.
5. Make this blog a priority. Strive to be creative, inspiring & interesting.
6. Learn more recipes.
7. Just learn more. Period.
8. Love without boundaries.
9. See Muse live.
10. Have more adventures: big or small.
11. Continue making memories worth remembering for a lifetime.
12. Visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Have fun welcoming the new year, tonight! Have a blast, drink lots of champagne, get your kisses at midnight but remember to stay safe!