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Hi! My name is Emily and I'm a writer, a wife to Nick and mother to two very sweet little girls named Daisy and Ella. We live in a quaint little town outside Philadelphia, PA, with our two black lab sisters.

 

I started this blog as a way to stay connected with friends and family after Daisy was born and it has now become a home for musings on everything from our favorite family recipes, books, travel destinations and, ultimately, my quest to balance work, life, self-care and family - all while staying grateful. Happy reading!

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Resolutions for a Peaceful & Fulfilling New Year

January 18, 2017

 

Sometime around January 1 every year, like 319 Million other Americans, I set at least one resolution for the year ahead. In years past I have set goals that are unrealistic (“find a new job that allows me to move to Paris”), unreasonable for my lifestyle or body type ("go to the gym every day for 3 hours and turn into Kate Moss”) or completely unattainable for anyone in the span of a year (“become a professional chef”). Needless to say, my track record with resolutions is a little shoddy. But, I am a goal-oriented person by nature and I do love the concept of approaching a new year with fresh and positive intentions. This year, I tried to choose resolutions that were not centered around making more money, acquiring more stuff or transforming my mom bod, but instead focused on making ME feel happy, fulfilled and peaceful - so I can be the best mom and partner I can be for the people I love most.

 

So far, so good. Nick and I have been taking turns cooking from Clean Green Eats by Candice Kumai and It's All Easy by Gwyneth Paltrow and it turns out it IS possible to make delicious food without using four pounds of butter and eight cups of sugar. 

 

We are working hard to take time to stop and appreciate the little moments that make us love each other and Daisy. Instead of turning on the television every night, the three of us play together on the living room floor or make an evening out of bathtime. We are trying to find a balance between the drive to finish the renovation of our house and the need to just rest and relax together. I have planned little getaways for long weekends over the next few months so we can take some time to just "be" as a family.

 

I am currently sponsoring two women in AA and chairing my home group on Monday nights. I also speak at rehabs and treatment facilities whenever I am asked - I will never forget the stories of hope shared with me when I was in early recovery. My service to others and work helping other women achieve sobriety will always be a priority in my life.

 

I’ve joined a yoga studio called Grace & Glory around the corner from my house that has power yoga classes as early as 5 AM and as late as 745 PM (no excuses!). I’ve gone three times a week since January 1. I am (without question) the absolute worst in the class and I try to sit in the back so as not to disturb the other students who actually know what they're doing - but I really, really love it. 

 

I also signed up for a four week cake-decorating class which has been so inspiring and exciting. I’ve already decorated one fondant cake with gum paste flowers and fondant leaves (all made by me) and I think it came out pretty darn good. 

 

So, I'd say all-in-all, so far so good. I will never be Kate Moss thin, living in Paris, preparing pigeon with warm foie gras sorbet and duck consomme and I'm okay with that. I have a simple little life with a beautiful, healthy daughter, a loving family and the greatest friends anyone could ever ask for. In 2017, I plan to celebrate exactly what I already have.

 

 

 

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