So we are now at the end of February and we have had time to build some new loves for the year 2014. It’s time to give some recognition. First of all, this whole topic actually started out as a comment to my friend’s blog post. She ended her blog with… “Let me know what some of your new loves for 2014 are? Have you made new discoveries about yourself?”… and so of course, I answered. She read my comment, and said “Hey, this is a really long comment… why don’t you post it on your blog?”…
And here I am. Thanks LAS! I am now here, writing a blog(and copy/pasting), which if you look around on my site… there isn’t much. But hey, this is 2014… let’s make a change, right? (By the way, if you’re interested in seeing where I got my inspiration from, check out my friends blog here)
So here are my… New Loves of 2014
It’s been a bit of a struggle but it’s official, I love Florida. Florida has warmed it’s way into my heart and has made it on my “New Loves of 2014″ list. What helped seal the deal was my brother. His visit here REALLY helped me look at things differently. My cat had just passed away right before my brother’s visit, and it was just another thing I wanted to put on my list of “why I hate Florida” and I’m so thankful that he arrived just days after because it helped me cope and stopped me from ever putting it on the list. He’s enthusiasm for coming to live here really helped get me re-enthused about Florida. Now I’ve stopped looking at it as “what’s missing that I had in Oklahoma” and now as a “what I now have that I never had in Oklahoma”
– A beach 10 minutes away
– Spanish foods at every corner
– The fact that I speak more Spanish now than I have in a very long time
– New areas that I’m falling in love with
– The fact that I have family here, and more soon to come
– One flight away from Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic
– That everyone wants to vacation here. I have had 4 visitors from different places stop here and stay with us, and the visits just keep on coming
– Dog friendly state. I have never seen more dogs in a store and outside of restaurant patios than I have here.
– Warm weather, YEAR ROUND!
… And the list goes on
2. My weight
This actually sort of goes into the “Why I Love Florida” category but it’s just so awesome that I had to put it in it’s own category. It’s the end of February and I haven’t gained 10-15 pounds, which is pretty awesome. It never fails, every winter I put on a lot of weight because of the cold weather (at least that’s my excuse), but living here has helped in maintaining my weight, even with all the EXTRA temptations out there. And the beautiful part is that it really hasn’t been a struggle at all.
4. My new crock pot
I’m obsessed. And yes, I have food in there cooking as we speak. The chicken I made last weekend was UH-MAY-ZING! And my prepped dinners in the freezer make it so easy to just drop all the ingredients in and let the crock pot do it’s magic. Delicious dinner done without a struggle. What’s not to love?
5. Lost Girl
My favorite show of 2014, and yes, I know the show started in 2010, but that’s what makes the late discovery even better. I love starting shows that already have a few seasons under their belt. It allows for binge watching. Back to back to back to back episodes. Not that that’s what we did……
Of course, there are other shows that we love, but since we actually started this in 2014, it gets a spot on the list of New things of 2014. And… WE. LOVE. IT.
6. Writer’s group
I have joined a group of writers that meet every Sunday, for an hour, just to write. This lights me up in a new way about writing that I haven’t felt in a while. It’s also great because, even though it’s only for an hour, I will always have a scheduled time for my writing. Just what I need. AND I also get to meet more writers, which is always exciting. Nothing like feeding off other writers’ energies.
I have also finally made a well-constructed outline for my first book series. It’s perfect, it’s detailed enough that I have a guide for each chapter, but open enough that it doesn’t confine me to just one idea.
I look forward to more things to come for this new year.
So like my friend said… “Let me know what some of your new loves for 2014 are? Have you made new discoveries about yourself?”… leave a comment or post on your blog and share the link with us, we want to know!