Monday, January 2, 2012
Happy New Year!

Well, hello friends! Long time no talk. I guess you've heard by's a new year. We brought in the new year with friends and it was such a great time. The food was amazing and the good times even better!

My friend Nayoung always puts out a great spread of food! We also had vegetarian chili and beef stew!

I brought some of my gluten free angel food cake with seven minute icing for late night treats!

I will tell you that the crazy xbox dance party we had until 4am left me a little on the exhausted side on Sunday. While we did not take the tree down, we did have our traditional New Years dinner. That is a must no matter how tired we are. I seared and roasted pork tenderloin served with black eyed peas and steamed cabbage. I always find it interesting to hear about others' traditions for holidays and since I grew up with the pork, beans and greens tradition, I am happy to pass it on to my boys. We all look forward to this meal! Do you have a traditional New Years meal or New Years eve dish you have to have?

To tell you the truth, I'm pretty excited about 2012. I've had my good years and I've had my bad. 2011 was definitely an odd year for me and sadly not good for some of my close friends. I had my share of lows this year, but I really tried to see through those and grow from them. That's definitely a hard thing for me to do, especially when it comes to personal pain, but I would like to think I grew from those experiences (which I consider my good for the year). I had to make some really hard decisions, but they were my decisions and I'm standing by them.

Professionally, I feel like I've really grown and am continuing to grow it! I'm working on some pretty great things for me right now. I'm doing my case study for my Specialist in Fitness Nutrition Certification and then I will be done with that course (cross your fingers all will be good on that end). I hit my goal of finishing the course before the new year, now I'm giving myself one more week to complete everything. I've also decided to go for my Personal Training Certification right after that. I know, crazy. My brain is like a sponge right now! I have a feeling getting certifications is gonna be a crazy addiction for me...but a good one for sure. I want to combine my career as a chef with those certifications to really put my focus on helping other's achieve there health goals. The kitchen seems to be such an intimidating part of changing peoples' health and it happens to be my favorite part! I want to write more and I want to be in the kitchen more. I really miss my kitchen lately, but I know me not being in it so much right now is a good thing. I guess working on being more patient is something I need to work on too.

Speaking of which, do you do resolutions? I HATE resolutions. I feel like I'm setting myself up for failure with resolutions. I'm a goal person, but I like making specific goals that are things I can actually achieve with a plan. Making unrealistic resolutions with no plan of action sets me up for failure fast. I have a lot of plans for change this year. I will go into detail once I take the time to figure out how to achieve these changes. I'm really excited though! For now, I have to focus on my course and then I can put my plan into action!

To all of you out there (my friends), I really appreciate your support and encouragement this past year. I look forward to a great year with all of you! I wish you all an incredibly health and happy New Year!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 8:26 AM  
  • At January 2, 2012 at 8:42 AM, Anonymous Nicole@makinggoodchoices said…

    Happy New Year Sarena! I think it's great you are getting your personal training certification as well as the nutrition one. You will be so great at whatever you decide to do. I hope this year is a very happy one for you!

  • At January 2, 2012 at 8:54 AM, Blogger pureglow*16 said…

    happy new year! im the same about resolutions now

  • At January 2, 2012 at 9:05 AM, Anonymous Kris said…

    addicted to certification - that is awesome. I love your plan, it sounds perfect for you!!

    I am hopeful going into 2012 - I had some great things happen in 2011, but also some not so fun, and I gladly said goodbye to that year! :)

  • At January 2, 2012 at 9:24 AM, Anonymous Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said…

    Happy New Year to you! Looks like a fun night - 4am dance party?! Rock on, my friend. :)

  • At January 2, 2012 at 9:32 AM, Blogger laurenabishop said…

    You're amazing, Sarena. I am so proud of you! Hopefully (if you're not too busy), we can hang out soon! :)

  • At January 2, 2012 at 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anna @ On Anna's Plate said…

    That's awesome that you'll be getting both certificates-- you're kicking butt!!

    We had our black-eyed peas yesterday too :-) Here's hoping we both have good luck in 2012!

  • At January 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    Happy New Year my dear. I am so excited for all the new things you have coming your way this year. You work so hard and I know you will succeed!!

  • At January 2, 2012 at 10:44 AM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    Happy New Year Sarena! Looks like a wonderful start to the New Year :)

    I have some small resolutions. I'm never good at keeping them so I'm hoping the small ones will be more attainable :)

  • At January 2, 2012 at 11:42 AM, Anonymous Lee said…

    I think it would be great to have a personal trainer who also had nutritional qualifications and knew how to make some great recipes!

    I'm looking forward to 2012 too. Aside from losing my job, which happened in the end of 2011, it wasn't necessarily a bad year for me, just a sort of unmemorable one.

  • At January 2, 2012 at 11:53 AM, Anonymous Paige @ Running Around Normal said…

    FUN! Sounds totally worth it:)
    We don't do a traditional New Year's meal, but I *thought* about doing the whole black eyed peas thing this year. Instead we got Chinese takeout :-P

  • At January 2, 2012 at 12:23 PM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    Happy New Year! Looks like good food and sounds like fun.

    I'm a goal person too. I do set goals for the new year, but "resolutions" do seem wishy washy and fleeting to me too.

  • At January 2, 2012 at 12:49 PM, Blogger gfe--gluten free easily said…

    Four a.m.? Good Lord, Woman!! That must have been fun ... until you had to recover from it. ;-)

    You rock, dear. I'm sure you will do wonderfully on your finalizing your nutrition credentials! And I agree on resolutions. As soon as I make one, I almost immediately break it. But I love populating vision boards with what I want in my life. Those seem to work best for me. :-)

    Happy 2012! Hoping it's a grand one for you!


  • At January 2, 2012 at 2:38 PM, Blogger Cotter Crunch said…

    i loved hearing about your dance party! kinda wanted to come crash it too! hehe.
    You have grown so much this past year which means this year is all about living it out. All that hard work and dedication will be paid off. I just know it!

  • At January 2, 2012 at 2:48 PM, Anonymous Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine said…

    I love that you decided to go for the certification; it sounds like a perfect combo with your skills as a chef! As for me, I really want to try to be more present in the moment this year :)

  • At January 2, 2012 at 3:16 PM, Anonymous Madeline- Greens and Jeans said…

    2012 sounds like it is going to be an amazing year for you! I'm so excited for you and all the changes you are making in your life!

  • At January 2, 2012 at 3:23 PM, Blogger Stephanie said…

    Congratulations on the upcoming certification and the addiction! What a wonderful start to 2012 for you! Happy New Years!!

  • At January 2, 2012 at 8:06 PM, Anonymous Heather said…

    Happy New Year, Sarena!
    We had a few dance parties ourselves over the holiday break, but never one that went til 4am! :)

  • At January 2, 2012 at 8:23 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    Happy New year and a big congrats to you! what a great way to start the year!

  • At January 2, 2012 at 10:38 PM, Blogger HEAB said…

    Sarena, we don't have any traditional New Years meal, and so I'd like to adopt yours. Sound good?

    Love you my sweet friend, and although I know 2011 had it's ups and downs, sounds like you made the best of it, and here's to an amazing 2012!

  • At January 3, 2012 at 3:32 PM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    That looks like a yummy New Years party. I'm inviting myself to next year's.

    It sounds like you have a busy few weeks ahead of you, but it's all so exciting. You have big things ahead this New Year! So exciting!

  • At January 3, 2012 at 5:40 PM, Anonymous STUFT Mama said…

    Happy New Years Sarena! :) I'm sure your kitchen misses you too. In time you'll be back and helping more people than you know! :)
    I'm not a big resolution fan either. I like attainable goals just like you.
    I am so darn happy to have met you this year Sarena. :) You are just awsome! And I think being addicted to certification may just not be a bad thing. :)

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