Some healthy New Years Resolutions To Ponder!
We just moved from Virginia Beach, VA to the Jersey Shore this past December. My blog turned into a ghost town since the move and all while I was trying to revamp the blog . But we’ve been super busy moving, unpacking, 2 sick furbabies and just settling in and dealing with the winter blues for the first time in a long long time. But finally spring is starting to creep in and our kitties are feeling better so I thought it was time to dust off the blog and get back at it!
We will be here in New Jersy about 3 years sooooo we started making our New Jersey Bucket List!! We want to make the most out of the time we have here with as many adventures in NJ, New York and even the Philadelphia area of PA that we can.
Lot’s of hiking! New Jersey has quite a few great areas for hiking. Looking forward to autumn hikes the most and hope to get in some of the Appalachian trail (think, Stairway to Heaven)!! The Appalachian Trail is gorgeous during the autumn months! Top 10 Hikes In New Jersey If you are into hiking, High Point State Park supposedly has nice loop hikes incorporating the AT trail through it. Plus it is the highest point in NJ which means some beautiful views during the fall season!
Beach hop. We want to spend time all along the Jersey Shore and maybe a bit up into New York checking out the different beaches and beach towns! We’ve kind of started as you’ve seen by some of my last blogs. Of course it’s been way too cold to get in real beach/ocean time or to see how crazy crowded the Jersey Shore beaches can get during tourist season. All 44 beaches in New Jersey, ranked worst to best
Daily fitness/nutrition goals. Can we say, slackers?? Between the move and my hubby traveling for work our nutrition and fitness has kind of gone down the toilet so to speak. So now it’s time to get our act together. This will include lots of hiking, yoga, and Les Mills programs. This much we figured out before the move, the combo of these three things WORKS to add strength while making us lean and fit. My hubs will add a bit of running in there because it’s required for his job but I decided I prefer race walking and hiking. I’m a faster walker than runner and I enjoy it so much more! But of course no amount of exercise matters if nutrition sucks. Our plan is Vegetarian/Flexitarian Mediterranean nutrition plan. 30 day free trial Les Mills On Demand: sign up for a new LES MILLS On Demand subscription. On that page click the green text “Redeem Promo Code”, paste the code in and click apply. Your code is: supinesubstance57
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See Hamilton on Broadway! Yes, it’s expensive, and yes we will get the least expensive we can get lol, but it’s something we both want to experience. And maybe a few others too like Cats and Phantom. Broadway.com
Photograph a walking tour of New York city. I want to soak up as much of the city as we can. I’ve always been a city girl and could see myself living there. But this city girl is married to a suburban kind of guy. And I agree in part because I can’t wait to have a garden and a yard for our future dog to play in!! New York City: The Official Guide
Yankees game(s)!! I LOVE baseball and the hubs is ok with it (he’s not a big sports guy). I’ve been a Yankees fan since I was little, even while growing up in Ohio near Indians (I wish they’d change the name already) stadium and going to Indians games. So we gotta go, even if I’m in the bleachers or nose bleed seats! MLB New York Yankees
Bronx Zoo…As I get more and more into the issues animals face, while wishing they could thrive in the wild, let’s face it we are eating up and destroying all the wild spaces! Most of my adult life I’ve been anti zoo and anti captivity. And while that still stands true for the most part. I can also be honest enough to admit we at times are fighting a losing battle to keep the animals safe and safe from extinction. One day zoos may be the only real safe zones for them. So I am a zoo advocate while still being a harsh critic of zoos. They need to do more, they need to actually keep them safe and not exploit them. They need to help the species to survive and thrive and not just for profit or human amusement. So we like to visit zoos to see how they rate as far as concern for their residents. *The Bronx Zoo opened November 8, 1899. The Bronx Zoo is a zoo located within Bronx Park in the Bronx, a borough of New York City. It is one of the largest zoos in the United States by area, comprising 265 acres (107 ha) of park lands and naturalistic habitats separated by the Bronx River. On average, the zoo has 2.15 million visitors each year. The Bronx Zoo is world-renowned for its large and diverse animal collection, and its award-winning exhibitions. The zoo is part of an integrated system of four zoos and one aquarium managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and it is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Bronx Zoo: Saving Wildlife and Wild Places
Bed & Breakfast at Christmas in Cape May. Cape May New Jersey is a little bit magical during the holidays. The little coastal town is lit up with holiday cheer and touches of old fashioned Christmases gone by. Since they have so many century type homes still standing and still taking in guests and residents Christmas touches are just a little extra in the sweet town. Filled with small shops, confections and collectibles it’s the perfect place to welcome the season! I fell in love with Cape May when we first arrived here in December. We went down for trolley rides; one was an old fashioned Christmas ghost story while riding the streets of the town, one was an actual guided tour of the homes and bed and breakfasts as we were told the rich history of the town. All the homes and B&B’s were decorated with lights and trimmings for the trolley tours. A must see if you’re ever in the area! Cape May
Visit Atlantic City & The Boardwalk. We already did a bit of this the past week. We wandered the boardwalk and the beach, drove around the city and visited a great little eatery, The Enlightened Cafe which is also a great community outreach. We have tickets to see Piff The Magic Dragon this weekend in Atlantic City. The area tends to pull in loads of great entertainment throughout the year. Atlantic City is mostly known for gambling but neither my hubs or I tare into that. Atlantic City NJ
Make snow angels! We haven’t seen a lot of snow during our 10 years living in Virginia and when we did we did it didn’t last long. It’s been a long time since I’ve made a snow angel and I plan to make them often during the winter months here. And speaking of snow, maybe some sledding and other winter sport activities while we’re this far north!
Six Flags Great Adventure. We already have season passes. One of the biggest pluses to being in New Jersey is that we are near Keith’s family! We plan many a visit with the fam to Six Flags while we’re here since it’s one of their “go to” spots with our niece and nephew! Added bonus is that we live super close!! Six Flags Great Adventure
Ellis Island & The Statue Of Liberty. This is simply one of those things you just need to see if you’re in or near New York City. History! Ellis Island
Explore Philadelphia! This city is another that’s rich with history. I regret in the entire 10 years we spent in Virginia we never took a trip to Washington DC to soak up all the history. So we don’t plan on skipping that with Philly! The 10 Most Essential Things to Do on Your (First) Visit to Philly
Dig For Herkimer Diamonds!! You can prospect for your own Herkimer Diamonds in Herkimer NY! “Herkimer Diamonds are high vibration crystals, that boost clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities. There’s even a KOA camping resort you can bunker down at! Can’t wait to get my hands dirty!!
Popcorn Park Zoo, speaking of zoos. Popcorn Park Zoo is a small 7-acre zoo. According to the Associated Humane Societies, the zoo is “a sanctuary for abandoned, injured, ill, exploited, abused or elderly wildlife, exotic and farm animals, and birds.” This is someplace special and I want to celebrate that! Popcorn Park
Paranormal Museum Asbury Park??? Unexplained phenomena, legends, folklore, myths, or are they?? The Paranormal Museum is a storefront and museum, in the tradition of “Roadside America” days gone by attractions. It houses a collection of historical and educational exhibits and just sounds like a heck of a lot of fun! I’m up for the macabre!! Paranormal Museum Asbury Park
Seashell Museum, because beach, sea, shells. I’m all about all things beachy and ocean related so this sounds like a great little day trip!! The Discovery Seashell Museum
Morey’s Piers & Wildwood. Morey’s Piers is a 6-block beachfront amusement park featuring 100+ rides & attractions including seasonal water parks. And Wildwood NJ has some great beachfront to explore and enjoy some sunshine at!!
Grounds For Sculpture. For my artistic side this place looks gorgeous to visit!! Grounds For Sculpture is a 42 acre sculpture park and art museum!
Cape May Lighthouse Full Moon Climb A great fitness challenge doing something you know you’d like to do anyway, that’s the way I see it anyway lol. Lighthouse Full Moon Climb
Off Roading The Pine Barrens, yikes! Rattlesnakes, frogs and a whole lotta swamp! But, we have a jeep so we can adventure!!
Rock Climbing. This is uncharted activity for hubs and me. I’ve talked about it and repelling often as something I want to try out. So time to strengthen up our arms and legs and dig in! These are the most popular places for rock climbing in N.J.
My not so little list keeps growing. I started this blog post before we moved, that was in November and when I opened the draft I had to edit in so much more we’ve found to see and do. So many parks and hikes we are super excited about! So many beaches to explore! Now we’re in search of the lesser known out of the way gems that only locals know about. So this list WILL be added to on the blog and as we do them, I want to cross them off the list to see how much we accomplish!!
<We’ve been honest that this wasn’t the easiest move. We called Virginia Beach VA home for 10 years of our 11 years together and all of our married life together. So Virginia Beach was home to us. But being in New Jersey has so many high points we can’t not be excited. Especially with family being here. I started this list to get myself ready for new adventures and discoveries and I know we’re gonna make a lot of memories and have a lot of fun!
If you are in the New Jersey/Philladelphia/New York area and have a fabulous sight you think we should check out or activity we may want to dive into, leave me some info in the comments and it may get added to this list!
New Years Intentions
(Inspired by: Zoe Saldana & her sisters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKTHYlF1tQQ)
I decided to have one word for the year and one for each month to focus on. It’s said that what we do repeatedly becomes habit. My intention is that placing focus for a complete month; real energized, engaged, zeroed in on focus will create new more solid and grounded habits. I decided to do one word for the year, and then one word for each month to focus my intentions on……
For the year my intention is:
Good Reads 2017 Reading Challenge (https://www.goodreads.com/challenges/5493-2017-reading-challenge)
My intention is 12 Books
That may not seem like a lot of books. But I tend to buy books with every thought to read the book, and then get carried away with social media and never pick the book up! So I already have a few books to get started with 🙂
Here is my list so far….
January – Girl On A Train
My Monthly Intentions:
January – Move
Stay off the sofa and move. Walk, run, hike, yoga, cross train, bike, etc. I need much much more of this in my life. Social media is a blessing and a curse. You get online and think to yourself “oh I’ll just read my email” and before you know it you’ve watched video’s on YouTube, read the news, checked Facebook, tweeted a few tweets, took some pics for Instagram and spend a good 30 minuted stuck in Pinterest land pinning your favorite recipes! So my intention is to move more!!
February – Explore
I will try more new things, new ways, new activities, new places, new foods, etc… I am one of those people who if I can have it all, I don’t want any of it So I tend to just shoo shoo away what’s right in front of my while waiting for the big picture to happen. I have a HUGE hunger for travel and wanderlust wanting to go to exotic destinations. When in my own backyard I haven’t explored all the hidden treasures that are out there to experience. So I want to focus on the small picture this month and explore more of what’s right here and now!
March – Engage
Involve myself more in the world and with people.
April – Meditation
For me, meditation is everything. It is my prayer, it is my stress relief, it holds answers, it inspires confidence, etc… And yet it’s something I never do often enough or with focused intention enough.
May – Advocate
For the animals. I used to be very involved in many aspects of the animal rights movement but the subject is so broad and the problems so overwhelming that I was getting lost in the movement. I started instead to find more focus on specific issues and deciding what those issues would be. I wanted them to be issues that I could first hand have a place to create or inspire change. I want to continue that focus and become more involved now that I am more centered with the issues that I feel equipped to handle.
June – Swimming
I have a deathly fear of drowning and yet being on, in or near the water is my heaven on earth. Soooo it’s time to conquer the fears!
July – Minimalism
This intention actually started last year. But I want to make sure we stay focused on minimizing. Especially junk we seem in inevitably collect. You know, that stuff you think you will use some other time so you just want to keep in “in case”. Yeah, it’s gotta go. If I haven’t used it in 6 months or a year, why do I still have it????
August – Trust
Not only learning to trust to let others in, but trust myself more. I second guess myself repeatedly. Sometimes into inaction. Trusting myself more will allow the trust to happen with others more naturally too.
September – Volunteer
Volunteering is so important. It gives back to the community and others in need. And in the long run that only enriches our lives ❤ Hopefully we’ve stayed focused on that all through the year, but if not this is a good time, as the holidays are nearing again, to re-focus those intentions!
October – Thankfulness & Giving
So next month is Thanksgiving and the holidays are hear and I think the focus should be doubled right now. So I want to focus on thankfulness and giving.
November – Conserve
For the people, the animals and the planet. A time to reconnect and reaffirm reduction in my carbon footprint. Especially as we head into a season where indulgence is the norm.
December – Family
This is a no-brainer I suppose. But reaching out and making meaningful connections to family/friends who are family is important to our quality of life. It’s time to reach out to reach out even more and make some strong connections to bring into the new year.
January – Education
By next year we will have most of our bills paid off. At this point I know I want to head back to school. Even if it’s just for a short program or a few classes. So it’s time to start narrowing down what I want to really do!
Here are some ways to set positive intentions in your life, whether that be for new year’s, or every day of the week.
First and foremost, make your intention positive. The more you are positive in your life, the more you will attract positive things. That may be something related to your personal life, work life, or spiritual life. Whatever it is for you, the importance of positivity is key in setting a successful intention.
Secondly, set realistic intentions, with realistic time frames. You know how some people say “the bigger, the better.” Well, when setting an intention, it’s probably the opposite. You want to set yourself up for success, which might mean smaller, more frequent intention setting. Just like in the example I gave earlier, waking up an setting an intention for the day gets you started on the right foot.
Next, write your intentions down. Get a separate journal or notebook, and keep track of your intentions. You can add to that in any way you like, or just have it as a list for your reference. Similar to when you write down what you’re grateful for, this creates a larger chance of your gaining something from the process of setting your intentions.
Some people find that sharing their intention with a friend, co-worker, or loved one, they are not only held more accountable, but are able to receive support from those people in helping you stayed focused on your intention.
Lastly, if you are setting a daily intention, try to spend some time meditating. This helps clear your mind and really focus on what your intention is for that day. If you are saying “I don’t have time to meditate”, all it takes is 5 minutes. That’s part of setting the intention as well.
Source: Psych Central