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This month I’m participating in 30 Days of Thanks (#30DaysofThanks) by writing a blog post about 30 things I’m thankful for. To join in, go to the link above. The best part is, you don’t need to have a blog or even be on social media to take part in the project; you just need to be thankful. I can’t wait to see how my life might change by spending the 30 days in November giving thanks for things in my life — every single day.

It’s getting to be the time of year for reflecting on this year and looking forward to next year, known as #reverb.  I’d taken part in #reverb10 and absolutely adored it.  Then, last year the people running #reverb decided not to manage it, and instead, I participated in #weverb11, to which I got to contribute several prompts.  So I went to Twitter to find out what was up for this year:

Today I’m thankful for Kat, @ I Saw You Dancing who is organizing one of the many #Reverb12 reflections going on throughout the blogosphere/Twitter/Instagram/FB.

So, this post is also a shout out for #Reverb12 – I hope you’ll join in on the fun.  The process is a rewarding one, which is why I do it year after year.  If you have FB, Twitter, and of course a blog, I highly encourage you to participate.  Who’s in?

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in #WEverb11. Each day gives a new prompt, each of which is a chance to reflect and look forward.

December 31: Foresee

Where do you hope to be on Jan 1, 2013? Contributed by Kaileen Elise.

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On January 1st, 2013, I hope to be at home, recovering from an amazing party the night before.  I hope to be several sizes smaller, proof of which was witnessed in my amazing party dress.  I hope that the previous night’s festivities included those I held dear.  I hope to be reflecting on 2012 as the year that many of my wishes came true through my own hard work and determination.  I hope that as I make my goals for 2013, losing weight isn’t on the top of the list, because I’d already achieved overwhelming success in that area.  And maybe, just maybe, as I look around on January 1st of 2013, there is a new love interest close by.

A girl can dream, can’t she?

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I’m sad to see #WEverb11 come to an end.  I’ve enjoyed writing these daily prompts tremendously.  It was an amazing experience to be a bit invested, since I helped to write a few of them.


If you’ve enjoyed the experience of #WEverb11 and would like to see an iteration of it in 2012, please consider donating $1 for the upcoming website. As you probably know, domain names and hosting spaces aren’t free, and this effort in 2011 came from one person’s pockets. So if you liked it, your small change can help have another site up and running and ready for 2012 very shortly!
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BYSJJRBHRASMS

I donated my $1, will you?

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in #WEverb11. Each day gives a new prompt, each of which is a chance to reflect and look forward.

December 30: Meditate

Were you happy with who you were in 2011? Who do you want to be in 2012 and beyond? Contributed by Kimberly Michelle.

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I can honestly say that yes, I was happy with who I was in 2011.  Even though there are lots of things I want to change about myself…

  • my weight
  • my control issues
  • my patience (or lack thereof)
  • my judgmental side

…I did do recognize that I have a lot of strong qualities and that, at my core, I’m a good person. I am likeable, intelligent, well put together, generous, creative, supportive, loyal, and kind.  Sometimes I don’t write my attributes down because it seems like bragging, but I think that if I’m so quick to delineate my shortcomings, I should also be able to detail my virtues.

In 2012, I want to keep all of the things I appreciate about myself…

  • my organization
  • my strength
  • my perseverance
  • my determination

…and work on the things that I need to change.  I want to finally feel completely happy with who I am on the outside, and hopefully some of the internal “issues” mentioned above will follow shortly after.

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If you’d like to join in on the daily writing prompts, go to WEverb11, sign up for the email notifications, and join us! Or follow along on Twitter using the #WEverb11 hashtag!

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in #WEverb11. Each day gives a new prompt, each of which is a chance to reflect and look forward.

December 29: Gush

Begin to create a plan for “My Friends Day Out 2012” – tell us what you envision.Contributed by Julie Jordan Scott.

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This prompt is a really fun one for me and one that I hope to actually put to use.  Scale Warfare and I have been friends since she left her first comment on my blog, back on March 19, 2009.  That was 384 comments ago.  (Yes, I checked).  In the 2 1/2 years since we first connected, we’ve become amazing sources of support for each other.  As I’ve said many, many times before, SW is one of my best friends.  Yet we’ve never met in person.

Well that’s changing in 2012.  We’ve decided the only city ready for our first meetup is Vegas.  Summer 2012.  Exact date to be decided.

So this Friends’ Day Out plan is for Vegas, Baby:

(We’ll arrive in Vegas at some point on Friday, and we’ll spend that first night talking, drinking, gambling, and who knows?  This plan will be for the next day, our first full day in Vegas).

Morning:

  • An early morning (which in Vegas could mean 11am!) walk along the strip, taking in the scene.
  • Breakfast at one of the many buffets. As long as there are Bloody Mary’s I don’t care which.
  • Pool time.  It’s bound to be HOT in Vegas in the summer, but if we can handle it, getting a few rays earlier in the day would be great.

Midday:

  • Shopping.  Hello Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace.
  • Riding the roller coasters – this is a significant NSV, because before we each lost weight, we wouldn’t have fit into the rides.
  • Checking out the beautiful hotels – Wynn, Bellagio, Venetian, etc.
  • Some spa time.

Evening:

  • Drinks at a hotspot lounge.  It’s been 10 years since I was in Vegas, so I need recommendations. At that time, I loved the rum bar at Mandalay Bay, but I have no idea if that’s even there still.
  • Dinner at a 4-star restaurant.
  • A show – Cirque du Soleil, comedy, music – depending on who’s playing when we’re there.
  • Dancing at another hotspot – one that’s not overrun with wannabe’s.  Just a place were we can have fun and let loose.
  • Gambling.
  • Repeat, repeat, repeat.

The most important part of the trip is that we’ll be meeting up for the first time, the rest of it is just icing on the cake.  I’m really looking forward to our trip!

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If you’d like to join in on the daily writing prompts, go to WEverb11, sign up for the email notifications, and join us! Or follow along on Twitter using the #WEverb11 hashtag!

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in #WEverb11. Each day gives a new prompt, each of which is a chance to reflect and look forward.

December 28: Pay It Forward

Describe a random act of kindness that you benefited from in 2011. How will you pay it forward in 2012? Contributed by Bella (hey, that’s me again!!)

I’m really honored that in the month of December, 3 of my prompts were chosen for #WEverb11. 

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When I first came up with this prompt, I knew exactly how I would answer it.  I received many small acts of kindness throughout the year, but the one that really stands out in my mind is when Scale Warfare and BeautyJunkie824 both gave me their now-too-big clothes within a few days of each other. You see, both of them have had WLS and both of them have lost major weight over 70 and 80 lbs, respectively.

You can read the details of their kindness here, but here’s a shot of the clothes all spilled over my bed as I was trying them on:

Over the past couple of months, I’ve really been able to ameliorate my wardrobe with these clothes, which has been so nice.  I’m not stuck wearing the same old thing – I have all these new pieces that I can mix into my existing wardrobe and come up with fun combinations.  You can see how I’ve been putting it all together in my OOTW (Outfits of the Week) posts.

And I have another two boxes of clothes in my closet just waiting for me, once I can fit into some smaller sizes.  They’re really going to be a lifesaver as I lose weight and I start to shrink pretty quickly.  Because even though I’m going to be tempted, I don’t want to put too much money into clothes as I’m still losing.  I want to wait and “break the bank” on clothes once I reach goal.

These clothes are more than just a beautiful act of friendship from two very generous people.  They represent hard work, determination, and the ability to achieve a goal.  They’re a daily reminder that if I stick to my plan, I can reach the same success.

In 2012, I will pay it forward by donating my current wardrobe (once it’s too big) to someone else.  Whether that’s to my local donation center or to someone I meet through this blog remains to be seen.  Perhaps a bit of both.

Having clothes that make you feel good is really so important.  Some people might consider it superficial, but I don’t.  I think taking time and paying attention to how you present yourself to the world helps you carry yourself with more confidence.  And with that confidence, you can do anything.  At least I know I can.

How will you pay it forward in 2012?

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If you’d like to join in on the daily writing prompts, go to WEverb11, sign up for the email notifications, and join us! Or follow along on Twitter using the #WEverb11 hashtag!

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in #WEverb11. Each day gives a new prompt, each of which is a chance to reflect and look forward.

December 27: Spend

Where did your money go this year? Where do you want it to go in 2012? Contributed by Kimberly Michelle.

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The simple answer to this question is – OUT.  My money went out of my hands in 2011.  I’m such a bad saver, and beyond that, I’ve had a few unexpected financial strains this year (you know, what with the poor economy and budget cuts to education and all).  So I had even less to work with than I’m used to.

2011 has been a good year for me to cut my spending.  I don’t make a ton of money to begin with (no one goes into teaching for the money), but I’ve done a darn good job this year of cutting where I can.  It was a matter of want vs. need.  So I started doing my brows myself, instead of getting them waxed.  And I stopped getting my bi-monthly pedicures.  Heck, I haven’t had a pedicure since July.  But it’s winter and I’m not showing my toes much, and if I really want to, I can polish them myself.  And I do think twice before I buy a new lipstick or other cosmetic item.  But I’m not living like a monk, by any means.  It just goes to show that there is always room to cut back, if you’re forced to/really want to.

When looking at my bank account, I can see that about 1/2 – 2/3 of my money goes to pay bills – rent, car, utilities, cable, phone, and credit cards.  I’m working on cutting down the credit card debt one little payment at a time.  But I do like to use some of the store cards because you get such good discounts that way, and as long as I pay off what I spend, it works to my benefit. And the rest of the bills are unavoidable or things that I’ve decided I don’t want to do without.

The other major purchase this year was food.  Eating well costs more, but it’s an investment in my health, so that’s money well spent.  My mom always taught us not to scrimp on good food, and I agree.  I’d much rather cut something else and enjoy the food I’m eating.  This is where the WLS is going to be really nice – I can’t wait to see my meager food bills once I’m eating so much less.

In 2012, I’m hoping to spend more money on:

  • Travel.  I love seeing new places, and I haven’t gone on a true vacation in far too long.  I’ve mentioned that Scale Warfare and I are planning a Vegas meetup this summer, and I’d also like to be able to take a few more local weekend trips.
  • Clothes.  I already spend plenty of my wardrobe, but I can’t wait to buy clothes in smaller sizes than I’ve worn in 10 years.  I can’t wait to purchase clothes that really fit my style and that I will be able to wear for years to come, knowing they’re flattering because I’m smaller.

No matter what, I want my spending in 2012 to reflect more of my priorities, and less of my frivolity.

Where did your money go in 2011?

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If you’d like to join in on the daily writing prompts, go to WEverb11, sign up for the email notifications, and join us! Or follow along on Twitter using the #WEverb11 hashtag!

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in #WEverb11. Each day gives a new prompt, each of which is a chance to reflect and look forward.

December 26: Revive

Share a favorite photo from the past year. What was happening behind the scenes? What were you thinking or feeling? What could you smell, taste, see, hear at that moment? Contributed by Tara.

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This was taken on the beach in Carmel this summer.  It was the first time that Sofi had ever been on the beach, and the first time I’d gone with my sister and my nieces and their dog this summer.  In fact, I think it was the only time all of us were able to go.

I love how Sofi’s hair is so wind-blown and her eyes are all squinty, because of the wind.  She was in awe of all of the sand around us. It was so much fun just being out there with her and watching her observe everything.

It was good for me because I got out of my own comfort zone and let Sofi go off leash.  I had to put a lot of faith in the fact that she wouldn’t go off too far and that she’d come back to me when I called her.  I remember just how nervous I was that day as she walked just a few feet from me.  And when she went a bit farther, I got even more nervous, but I just let her go, with my sister’s coaching and encouragement.  And then I called to her and she came, and it was the best feeling ever.

It was the only time I’ve ever taken Sofi to the beach, and I’d had such a good time, I think I might just take her again this week.  So what if it’s December and it’s cold outside?  We’re not going to go swimming – Sofi is scared of the ocean (or she was, last time, anyway) and I’m not going to take a swim.  The weather at the beach is usually warmer than inland (where I live) this time of year, and our weather has been gorgeous around here lately – 60s and sunny.  I don’t have any plans on Wednesday, so I think I’m going to head to Santa Cruz (or maybe Half Moon Bay) with Sofi and make a day of it.

This photo also reminds me to take more photos of everyday life.  Because you never know when you’re capturing a memory.

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If you’d like to join in on the daily writing prompts, go to WEverb11, sign up for the email notifications, and join us! Or follow along on Twitter using the #WEverb11 hashtag!

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