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Top 7 things I’ve learned this year!

Well it’s about time to say goodbye to 2018! This year has definitely had it’s ups and downs but I am just so fortunate to make it through the end of the year with positive vibes! I thought I’d share the top 7 things I’ve learned this year and have this blog post to look back on next year and the years to come!

 

  1. Cherish relationships!

Whether it’s with friends or family they are the people you want in your life! I have gained and lost friends this year but that’s life. I have had people walk over me or use me and I decided I didn’t want that! A friendship for me is hanging out, checking in and actually caring  and being there for one another. I try my best to spend time with my family as much as possible and it just keeps growing and growing!

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2. Better in Health!

My new years resolution for this year was just to become more healthier and I believe I’ve done that! I may have gained some weight from some stress, but my blood sugars have been better than ever! I know I could always use improvement, but I’m not all over the place like I’ve been in the past! Basically, you can’t let things get in the way of your health and remember to take care of you!

3. Date often!

After Adam and I married in May of this year, we learned that dating is necessary! What better way to find out why you fell in love in the first place than to recreate your first date! Each week we take turns on the date night and it’s been a blast so far! I strongly suggest for newer or older couples to try this just the two of you!

 

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4. Make time for you!

I tend to be more on the clingy side 😉 When Adam’s home, I just want to spend every moment I can with him! I don’t like being at the house by myself, so I’m always trying to stay busy. I learned this year at my women’s bootcamp (See post here) that I found something I enjoy doing! That would be kick-boxing! I feel like a different person since I’ve been doing it and I feel stronger! It’s great time to myself and helping me become a healthier me!

5. Travel!

I think I’ve done more traveling this year than I have in a while! 😀 Now I’m not talking about all over the world or anything like that LOL! I’ve been to the mountains, the beach, the sunshine state and on a cruise to beautiful islands! Adam absolutely fell in love with our cruise for our honeymoon and stated he would love to make this an every year thing if possible! It’s things like this that you can try and maybe one day making a tradition out of it! Just getting away from the everyday life cleanses my soul!

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6. Blog!

I started my blogging journey in April this year! I’m so inspired by all the women I follow on Instagram and seeing their inspirations in fashion or their fitness journeys! I feel so good about writing a blog and just talking about things that are important to me! I just hope I’m able to inspire others the same way!

7. Counseling!

As mentioned in one of my posts (here) I tried counseling in the later part of the year! This has been a tremendous help for myself and my marriage! I advise you take think about counseling if your in a low place or feel the need to talk to someone! You may even find out things about yourself you didn’t even know! I know my self confidence has grown and I just needed to talk out the great things I find about myself!

 

There’s no telling what next year will bring, but I will take what I learned this year with me! Is there something you have learned that made an impact on your year? Drop it in the comments below!

 

Here’s looking at 2019!

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Always, Karaline

Holidays!

Fun for the Holidays!

Hey ya’ll!

 

Christmas is quickly approaching as always! I thought I’d share some fun games or themes to do for the holidays! It’s always fun to be with friends and family and whether you’d like to start a tradition or just have a great time, here are some ideas!

 

Ugly Christmas Sweater– This is always hilarious to do and gives you crafty peeps a chance to show your creativity! You could have a contest on who’s sweater is the ugliest, most creative and funniest! Adam and I went all out last year! Lol see our sweaters below! We had ribbons to pass out for the winners, but you could do prizes too if you wanted!

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Saran Wrap Ball– This is something new were going to try this year! All you need is Saran Wrap and the prizes you want to put inside it! You want to make sure the best prize is wrapped first! It could be money, or something really special! Then, you can add in some candy or a little reindeer nose to be festive until you’ve created this ball of prizes!

How the game works- Someone starts by unwrapping the ball as fast as they can while another person rolls 2 dice! Once that person rolls a double, the ball is passed around and someone else rolls! Once a prize is unwrapped, you get to keep it! Depending on the amount of people participating, the balls travels to each person until the last gift is unwrapped! I’m so excited to try this one!

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Hot Chocolate Station– It may be pretty cold where you are around Christmas time, so a nice way to keep warm would be a hot chocolate station! Have a couple crockpots going with hot chocolate and then fun little things to add to it such as, marshmallows, peppermints, whip cream and syrup! Easy to do and easy clean up!

 

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Dirty Santa/White Elephant– This has always been something I’ve done with my friends for years! We all get a $10 gift (whatever limit you want) that everyone could use! Then we draw numbers out of a bowl to determine what order everyone goes in. You want to be number 1 because you have to open your gift and even though your stuck with it for now, you will get to also go last and choose whatever gift you want after everyone has gone! Basically you get the best gift that suits you! Number 2 can either choose to open their gift or take from number 1 and it continues on! It’s so much fun because your not sure what you’ll be stuck with in the end and everyone has a blast!

 

Gift Card Exchange– My grandmother started this a couple years ago and I’ve always enjoyed it! Everyone buys a $25 gift card (whatever limit you want) and puts it in an individual envelope. Mix them up and pass them around so everyone gets one. Then she’ll read some Christmas story that you have to pay attention to because whenever she says the word “right” you pass your envelope to the person to the right of you! Same goes for “left”! You can get a little jumbled up but it always gets us laughing in the end and then whenever the story is over, that’s the card you get to keep!

 

The holidays are about spending time with loved ones and these are just a few ways you could spend that time together! Feel free to comment your favorite activity you like to spend with your family!

I hope everyone has a fun holiday!!

 

Always, Karaline