January 1, 2014
IN REVIEW | december 2013

IN REVIEW - DECEMBER 2013

December was a pretty hard month for me. I’m an optimistic person by nature and I love to keep things in a positive tone. On the other side, I don’t want to leave out when things get a little shaky, to an extent. It’s never all sunshine, but I hate to dwell on negative things. With change, both positive and negative, come new beginnings. This year-end is really setting the stage for some pretty big changes in the future.

William and I decided to end our relationship a couple weeks ago. The details aren’t meant for here, but it’s all been amicable. Sometimes, two people’s paths just aren’t made to last, you know? I’m glad he was in my life, and I’ll take all the lessons I’ve learned from this relationship in to my next. I guess that’s what dating really is all about — finding out what you truly need in a life-long cohort.

Over Christmas, a coworker of mine passed away from a long battle with cancer. If you could or are capable, I know her family would appreciate all the thoughts and prayers sent her way. She had been on leave since before I started, but I did get to meet her at a few team get-togethers. While I didn’t know her very well personally, she was a big part of our team, and she will be very missed. Just around this same time, my grandmother was put into the hospital. We spent the majority of our time in Chicago prepping for her recovery and future well-being. Family stuff is hard, and navigating sick parents, daughters, and how to help them breeds a lot of stress. All seems to be positive on this aspect for now, and I’m so glad that my family and I were able to be there when this all was happening to do what we could.

Surrounded by these hardships, some exciting things have been happening around here this month as well. I’ve paired up with a new client who will be helping me with my fitness and well-being this upcoming year. Through all the weirdness, thesis writing, moving, long-distance relationshiping this year, I let my health slide a little a lot and I’m ready to get back on it. I know how good it feels to be treating my body right, and I have no excuses now that things in my life are finally settling down. This time around I’ll take it in baby steps. My new client and I had a long talk a couple weeks ago, and she is such an inspiration. I can’t wait to let you in on more of the fun we have going on this year. She helped me feel empowered to make changes at my own pace and to still have fun with the process. Does anyone else do the thing where they make a goal or lifestyle change too quickly or make too many changes all at once and can’t keep up with it? I definitely have that issue, and it’s time to make this stick, one step at a time.

On a pretty life-changing note, yesterday I put down a deposit for a new addition in the Pinegate Road household — a baby girl pup! She’ll be coming home with me in a couple weeks, and I’ll be using this week to puppy-proof my apartment and get up to speed on all there is to know before bringing her home. I’ve been wanting to get a little lady of my own since graduating high school, and after this move, I knew it was just the right timing for me. It was an amazing feeling to do this on the very last day of 2013! Tips and advice on bringing home a new puppy are appreciated, especially if you know about cockapoo puppies. This month I also was able to enjoy the snowy weather, and had lots of family time. We even made it to Alinea for dinner one night while in Chicago, which has been a dream restaurant venture of mine for years. Spending time to take all of this in and cherish each moment this month was well worth it.

Cheers to wrapping up 2013 friends! Hoping you all had a year of learning experiences and have your goals all sorted out. I know I’m ready to make 2014 a solid year! As always, you can follow along on more of the moments here if you wish. I’ll be back in a few days with a reflection on my goals from last year and a list of new ones for this year. Planning seriously makes me giddy.

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  1. Kelsey,
    So sorry to hear about the breakup and family illness over the holidays. I too had a grandparent end up in the hospital with a broken leg, so I understand the stress. I couldn’t be with him, but I know he’s in good hands. Congrats on a new puppy! We got zero (www.zerothecorgi.com) last year and it completely changed our lives (in a good way). It was the first time I’ve ever had to train a puppy myself so we learned a lot. Not sure how young you’re getting yours but if she’s 8-10 weeks old, you’ll definitely have to get her up in the middle of the night to go pee. If you want any puppy training advice, feel free to email me. Lorettamay@gmail.com. I have tons. Happy new year!

    Comment by Loretta Robinson — January 1, 2014 @ 10:41 AM

  2. So sorry to hear about the hardships of this past month, big hugs! But congratulations on these great new adventures you seem to have in store, a new puppy, how exciting! I really agree with you about trying to start new goals in too much of a fast pace manner. I always end up forcing my self to really stick to things that I dont always give my self realistic time to adapt and I end up burned out after only a few weeks. This year I am really hoping to work on my new years resolutions in a realistic manner, one being trying to give up dairy products. Initially I am planning just to try to give up dairy for January to see how it goes and if I see an improvement in my health and the way I feel, but also I am hoping to not be to hard on my self and to let things go. If I slip up one day, I hope to acknowledge it, but also to be able to move on and know that tomorrow is another day to start again.
    I am really interested in your health adventure, and hope that we will be able to hear little tidbits on the blog?! Here is to a great start to the new year!

    Comment by Nancy — January 2, 2014 @ 8:33 AM

  3. @ Loretta — so sorry to hear about your grandparent’s broken leg :( No fun! And yes, look for an email soon about puppy things! Thanks :) Happy New Year to you too!

    Comment by Kelsey — January 2, 2014 @ 1:16 PM

  4. @ Nacy — Thanks lady :) ugh! Yes! It seems like you’re on the right track with just going for January, and giving yourself slack is great for people like us I think ;) Better to acknowledge the small mis-steps and get back on board than to trash the whole thing altogether. Best of luck! I think I’ll post some things, but I don’t want to promise, hah. I’ve learned over the years that when I promise, I get bogged down by the obligation. When I just let things go with the flow of how I’m feeling on here they seem to work out a little better…but I’ll try ;) Happy New Year!

    Comment by Kelsey — January 2, 2014 @ 1:19 PM

  5. I’m so sorry about your co-worker Kelsey <3 I will definitely keep her in my prayers. Fitness has been a huge part of my life in the past few years and it's exciting to see others get into it. I definitely tapered off a bit in the final quarters of 2013, but I'm dedicated to working harder this year. I'm so happy for you and your pup!

    Comment by Angel Y. — January 2, 2014 @ 3:09 PM

  6. hi pretty friend! i’m so sorry to hear about the tough things that december brought you. i fully understand how hard that can be, especially around a time of year that is supposed to bring us such joy. i’m sure being with your family did do just that.

    AND. i am right there with you on the health changes. doing them myself is hard! i wish i had a client who could help me through it!

    and and and! a puppy!!!! tell me what kind!! ruby has been the best thing luke and i could have done for ourselves. she is so much fun and i know you’ll have the same with your little girl! can’t wait to see pictures!!

    wishing you the best, as always, and i’ll email you soon!

    Comment by emily // the object enthusiast — January 5, 2014 @ 8:00 AM

  7. Catching up on my blog reading today. I’m so sorry it’s been a tough couple of weeks. Thinking of you and hoping you’re blessed with peace and lots of new possibilities in 2014. You’re an inspiration! :) Also, I am definitely up for a brainstorm sometime soon! :)

    Comment by Katie @ A Place to Dwell — January 6, 2014 @ 10:13 PM

  8. Oh, and YAY! for a new puppy! That’s super exciting!! :)

    Comment by Katie @ A Place to Dwell — January 6, 2014 @ 10:14 PM

  9. @ Katie — Thank you lady, I really appreciate it! And yay for brainstorming! Can’t wait :)

    Comment by Kelsey — January 7, 2014 @ 6:42 PM

  10. Kelsey- you have such a fun way of explaining even what seems like the hardest of times. You have such a fun blog that I love looking to for inspiration! If you don’t mind me asking, I’m so curious about some of the design and development you have going on this blog. How did you create the frame for these pictures, for example? Anyways- no need to go into detail. You’re doing a rockin job.

    Comment by Caroline — January 9, 2014 @ 8:55 PM

  11. @ Caroline — that means so much to me, as I feel like I’m normally stumbling over how to go about saying what I want to say and how it should be presented. You made me smile hard :) As for your question, I hope I’m understanding you correctly with this answer! Are you talking about the main image for this post? I use the Abobe creative suite programs to design (illustrator, photoshop, indesign, picked depending on what the end result needs to be), and then I usually end up in photoshop for blog images because they can be easily exported into jpgs. For the hand-lettered scribbles, I use a wacom tablet and draw directly on to the image in photoshop before exporting! Let me know if that is NOT what you were asking about :) Thank you again for your kind words and I hope you have a lovely weekend!

    Comment by Kelsey — January 10, 2014 @ 12:24 PM

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