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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My Year in Review 2013

In January Daniel & I got an annual pass to Zion National Park. We went every.single.month.

February was my birthday and I chopped my hair shorter than ever before and partied in Vegas with my parents. Also, I finally got my D7000 =D

March is a momentous month because during our trip to Zion, we hiked Observation Point (the long way) on accident. We were rockstars that day.

Over the months, my hair just kept getting shorter and more red. I rocked it.

May was huge. I graduated with my Bachelors degree in Psychology. I went to San Francisco to run my third Bay-to-Breakers 12k footrace, then back home for our monthly Zion trip.

June started The Hot List! {I did all but 3!}. We also had a fun Father's Day up in Provo, Utah.

In July the whole dam fam spent the day at Sand Hollow! This is when I "did one thing that scared me" from my hot list....I dived head first off a rock into the water! Twice! July is also the month my parents moved down south into a house in Hurricane, Utah. Don't forget about Mary Poppins & my first visit to Ikea!

September started my first semester without school. Since preschool. No joke. Kind of a big deal. Participated in the Teacher Exchange, where I bought a bunch of supplies for a teacher in need! Then Color Me Rad for the 2nd time! Oh Daniel & I hiked Angel's Landing, too!

In the middle of October I officially became a registered business in Utah for my photography. Registered name: Glady Anne Photography. Mom and I had a fun time, just the two of us in Vegas. We ate & drank at a fun restaurant, we went to the aquarium, and shopped. I got serious with my Project Life album!

In November I went to SEMA! I learned to crochet in one night and by the next I had made a beanie. I shot a huge Family portrait session for my family. I ordered a new clarinet!

December brought us some real snow! Then we had a big fun family gathering at my grandma’s house. I worked on Christmas eve while listening to Christmas tunes, keeping track of Santa on Google, and watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I made some calendars with my photos from Zion National Park! It’s so great to see your work printed. And don't forget the Busy Lazy Bookclub I started! JOIN {find the link on the top sidebar}

Overall year achievements:
I’ve worked harder and more frequently than any other year in regards to fitness.
Somewhere along the way, I switched to almond milk. I was so worried that I’d have a hard time with it. Not at all.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

December 16th through 20th

Whoa! Where did the time go?! I have no idea how we got here so fast! I seriously feel like we just skipped several days. I didn't record what I ate, I didn't do my #30Lists it's been going by so fast! Geez...

16: Favorite things to eat this time of year

  • PIE! {all kinds}
  • Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Clementines 
  • cocktails & wine {those are drinks, but who cares}
17: I wish I had done more             this year
  • push ups & pull ups
  • reading
  • portraits 
  • cleaning & organizing 
  • clean eating
  • working & saving money
  • crafting 
18: On my shopping list
  • tea kettle
  • pens
  • hair dye
  • wine
  • yarn
  • laptop
19: Projects I finished this year
  • License my business {Glady Anne Photography}
  • Zion National Park Calendars
  • crocheted beanies & hats
  • re-organized the extra room {storage/laundry/mud room}
  • Mom's wedding photos brought to life
20: With a day to myself, I would...
  • read
  • do nothing/ be lazy
  • clean
  • turn the music up
  • stop worrying about everyone else

The Exercise Countdown Calendar is still going at full blast!
16: V-ups

17: High knees

18: Leg lifts

19: Alternating sit ups

20: Push ups

Monday, December 16, 2013

December 14, 15 & a bookclub

December 14 #30Lists prompt:

Stocking up on...

  • gift bags, boxes, and tissue paper {I'm not the best wrapper}
  • snacks {clif bars, nutrition/protein bars, fruit snacks...}
  • drinking water
  • socks
  • pens
  • crafting supplies
  • light bulbs
  • cleaning supplies
  • happy moments
  • first aide supplies
  • candles
  • blankets

December 15 #30Lists prompt

I like to avoid...
  • dishes
  • showering {everything else is more exciting}
  • cleaning up my crafting mess
  • laundry
  • talking on the phone
  • putting the Christmas tree away
  • saying goodbye

On December 14 we did chest press and on December 15 we did Turkish getups... Check out the calendar for yourself!

NOW, as for the bookclub bit of the title....yes I started a bookclub. Nothing too fancy or hardcore. In fact, it's called "The Busy Lazy Bookclub" for us people who like to read and may read a lot, but may not read  a lot ALL the we might not be able to keep up with a traditional bookclub. We will pick out only 4 books to read across the year, so that's 3 months for us to get money to buy the book {or go to the library} and then read it. I figure that's enough time for everyone and I decided to give it a try. The bookclub is over on Goodreads and is also private, so if you're interested in joining, I'll have to approve is all. Don't be scared off now. 

        The Busy Lazy Bookclub    
    The Busy Lazy Bookclub     5 members
    This is a bookclub for people who like to read, but can't always find the time. Here we read 4 bo...

Books we're currently reading


Friday, December 13, 2013

December 13

#30Lists prompt

I get excited when

  • I'm around people {that I like}
  • others are learning photography 
  • I get a new book
  • the UPS guy comes
  • Daniel is home
  • I go somewhere new
  • I'm productive
  • the house is clean
  • I don't have plans
  • I do have plans
I could seriously keep going, I am always excited....seriously.

Time for some sit ups as we countdown to Christmas!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

December 12

#30Lists prompt

Places I went this year

  • Provo, Utah {several times}
  • Las Vegas, Nevada {several times}
  • Kingman, Arizona
  • San Francisco, California
  • Zion National Park {every month}
Today on the calendar we're doing squats!

Also, go download your own copy of this daily tracker page. It's highly {looks just like} the blogilates version. Except it's full size and I added in a place to put your daily goal or some inspiration/motivational thing. If you want the whole package that is just rockin' go get yourself the blogilates fit journal {I highly recommend it} SO cute and it makes you want to fill it out. 

AND if you missed it, check out the speech bubbles you can print out and put your own inspirational quotes in!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December 11

#30Lists prompt

Without                I would probably               .

  • Daniel // be more ignorant
  • food // turn into a monster
  • technology & internet // be less inspired & knowledgeable
  • my watch // be sad & go crazy 

We are planking it out in today's exercise! Check out the calendar to follow along!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A letter to my friend

Today's #30Lists prompt inspired me to write a letter to my friend. Don't mind my weird letter, my not-so-great cursive hand-writing, my scribbles, and everything else not perfect because I'm not perfect, are you?

December 10th

#30Lists prompt

I was a friend this year by...

  • offering help & support
  • being someone you could bitch at complain to
  • shopping with you
  • skyping ALL NIGHT LONG
  • motivating and pushing you
  • being there
On our Exercise Christmas Countdown Calendar we had hip raises/bridges

Monday, December 9, 2013

December 8 & 9

#30Lists prompt:

On my movie-watching list

  • The Hobbit {part 2}
  • Divergent
  • Miracle on 34th street
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Olympus has Fallen
  • Random Christmas movies
My favorite outfits/accessories
  • PJ pants
  • leggings
  • fitness clothes {I live in these}
  • hats
  • scarves
  • watch {never comes off}
  • hoodies
Now for Exercise Christmas Countdown we had Overhead Dumbbell side bends & Rows!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

December 7th

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHELLE {if you're reading this}

#30Lists prompt

What I am going to remember about today

  • SNOW
  • new photo book!
  • hot cocoa treat with Daniel
  • playing Starbound with Daniel
  • crazy kitty
  • family time
  • new fitness gear
Snow is a big deal because...well, we don't get snow where I live currently.

 This snowy day called for some hot cocoa ♥

Now for our Exercise Christmas Countdown today was walk/jog. It was supposed to be 10 min {at least}. However, I won't lie to you, I didn't do it. I am not prepared to run in snow...but I will be substituting the running with jump rope for 10 minutes. 

Download your own calendar and join in!

Also, download the speech bubbles to make your own motivating quotes for your health/fitness journey {or whatever journey you're headed on}!!

Friday, December 6, 2013

December 6th

#30Lists prompt:

On my reading list

  • everything
  • Variant
  • Divergent trilogy
  • Quiet
  • The Eye of the Minds
  • Saving Normal
  • The 12 Week Year
  • Thrive, Thrive: fitness, Thrive: foods
  • Doctor Sleep
  • The Fresh 20
  • 14,000 Things to be Happy About
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day
  • House of Leaves
  • Happier at Home
  • Just One Thing
The list seriously goes on and on and on.... check out my amazon wishlist:

The 6th day in our Exercise Christmas Countdown includes Russian Twists!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

December 5th

#30Lists prompt:


  • Dad's ornaments, cookie jars, nutcrackers
  • One gift on Christmas eve
  • PJs on Christmas
  • Santa Dad

Single Side Leg Raises

Get yourself this speech bubble printout and fill it in with motivating & inspiring quotes for your health/fitness journey {or anything else}

Click image to go to the download page

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December 4

#30Lists prompt:

I am happy to report...
  • that I workout daily
  • that I went to Zion National Park every month
  • I'm gaining muscle
  • it's snowing outside
  • that I've been loving my short hair --> blogpost
  • that I almost have 2013 documented in PL

As for our Exercise Christmas Countdown, December 4: Arm Pulses