Monday, January 6, 2014
My New Years Intention...
(Tony's parents' place…my favorite place)

Well, 2014 is here! Yes, I realize it's been here for a few days. Are you tired of New Years posts yet?I'm still basking in the glory of a new year with new possibilities. I never wish time away, but to be completely honest, while 2013 ended well, the scars and skeletons in the beginning really overshadowed the good. I'm happy to begin 2014 with a feeling of hope and optimism. Good things are on the horizon!

I don't do resolutions. I never have. I feel like they set me up for failure and start things off with a negative connotation. I don't want to resolve to do anything because that's saying I have a problem that needs to be fixed. (I hope Tony is not reading this, because I know he's thinking my organizational skills need a little work. ;) I'm not perfect and I'm ok with that. I do want better though or at least I strive to be better in general. I've thought a lot about this and I want to start this year with intensions.

It's the way I start each yoga practice and I like that it sets a positive tone for me so…this year I have an intension. I'm not gonna get all crazy and make a list of things that will overwhelm me though. The ever encouraging Lindsay wrote last week about picking a word for the year that centered around her focus and it got me thinking. What is the word I will focus my year around? I thought about it and I really want to live purposefully. I want everything I do this year to have a positive impact on mine and my family's lives. With the craziness that is life, I can let things get out of hand around here. I don't want to waste time on a broken heart or on lost hope, I want to use my lessons learned and move forward with a renewed sense of being the best me I can be. I realize this is general and kind of corny, but well, I have also realized that you can easily let the hardships in life take over and I don't want to do that anymore. I want to live a positive purposeful life. I do choose happiness in life. It's all about how you deal with things that happen good or bad.

So, with a renewed since of hope and optimism, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! Things will be changing around here for me. I've thought a lot about starting a new blog since I have changed so much, but I just don't want to do that. I am the Non-Dairy Queen. :) (though I now can't have soy or gluten…I know, good times) I will be sharing more of my life journey with work (personal training & recipe development), life, fitness (running, lifting, HIIT, yoga), health (I may actually work up the nerve to share my story some day) and cooking (feeding our family with multiple food intolerances and allergies). This is who I am. I hope you all come along on the journey. I love this community and the friendships I have made here. Thank you all for sticking around these past couple of crazy years. Cheers to a new year!

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I hope everyone has a Marvelous Monday and stay warm!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 5:00 AM  
  • At January 6, 2014 at 8:43 AM, Anonymous Anna @ On Anna's Plate said…

    Happy New Year, Sarena!! Living purposefully is a great goal. :-)

  • At January 6, 2014 at 10:07 AM, Anonymous Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said…

    Here's to a new start on 2014! I love your commitment to optimism. This is going to be your year. :)

  • At January 6, 2014 at 10:42 AM, Blogger Jolene said…

    I love the simplicity but impactfulness of your goal this year. Very similar to mine, as we have discussed, and we are totally on the same wavelength!! I am glad that you are going to keep writing here too, it is your home after all :) XO

  • At January 6, 2014 at 6:37 PM, Blogger Cotter Crunch said…

    you have the BEST intentions. And selfless, which makes you an even more amazing woman.

  • At January 7, 2014 at 8:59 AM, Blogger Kristina @ spabettie said…

    you ARE the Non Dairy Queen, yes. and we will all still be here, listening and supporting your journey and whatever you wish to share.

    happy new year, my dear friend. XO

  • At January 7, 2014 at 9:17 AM, Anonymous PurelyTwins said…

    live purposefully -- love that! something we wish for this year as well :) we are trying to keep things simple this year and really just live life!

    wishing you all the best in 2014 you deserve it sweetie!!! love ya

  • At January 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM, Blogger Unknown said…

    Love you lady - progress not perfection always! And I agree with Lindsay 100%.

  • At January 7, 2014 at 9:38 AM, Anonymous Ashley @ Freckles and Spice said…

    This expression of the new year was a beautiful read! Thank you

  • At January 7, 2014 at 11:29 PM, Anonymous Heather @ Better With Veggies said…

    I love your intention and I'm excited to read about everything you shared - I love when blogs evolve, because it means the writer is growing!! :)

  • At January 9, 2014 at 11:11 AM, Blogger Heather said…

    I love that you said "intention". I find that so simple and attainable - love it!
    Can't wait to see what 2014 brings - I love the beginning of the year - it's always so hopeful!

  • At January 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Happy New Year Sarena!!! I like the way you worded it: Intentions. That's great. I too don't set any specific goals - I keep things general. But I'm always working toward something and bettering myself in some way...being a better mom, being better to my body, being better about getting to bed at a decent hour.

    I enjoyed reading your post tonight. I love the positive energy I felt through your words.

    Here's to another year - another year to learn more, do better, and be the best people we can be (despite everything else). xoxo

    Big hugs to you,

  • At January 14, 2014 at 5:50 PM, Anonymous Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets said…

    Happy New Year!
    I like your intention to live purposefully. That's a big one. So many people live mindlessly, stuck in a day to day rut, so to be purposeful is very on point.

    I don't know what you overcame in 2013, so I will say I hope it's over now or at least more manageable. I've learned over the years, bad things happen all the time to good people, for no particular reason and sometimes the only thing you can really control is how you handle it. It ain't easy, so if you come out the other side, I'd say you're doing pretty good. Here's to a hopeful and purposeful 2014.

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