Happy New Year!!

Y’all, I cannot believe that 2018 has come and gone!!!
Last year at this time we were just moving back to the United States from Italy. We pit-stopped in Indiana where we spent New Years Eve with Wesley’s dad, and then the next two days we made our way across the country to our new home in Las Vegas. This last year has primarily consisted of getting settled. We bought a new home which anyone knows takes time to fill and make your own. I also took the entire year off from competing and racing, and invested most of my time into school. It wasn’t until just recently that I decided to take on work aside from online coaching.

This year’s New Years Eve was spent a little different compared to those of past. We got a puppy! Oh my gosh y’all, when I say he is the cutest thing I have ever seen- I mean he really is!

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This is Jack, our little curly headed Goldendoodle. He is seriously the sweetest little thing. We started out our New Years Eve at  Woof Gang Bakery where we scored Jack some yummy (all organic) treats.


After, we took him on his very first trip to the park. Floyd Lamb Park is a hidden little gem just a few miles from our house that we stumbled across this past summer. It is full of wildlife, vegetation, lakes for fishing, and actual real grass!! (It’s the little things when you live in the desert!) He ran and played and wore himself out just enough to sleep through lunch at Big Dogs. As I have mentioned verbatim, this is one of our favorite local spots. They have an outside patio that is dog friendly, so we stopped in for some lunch. We indulged for our final outing of the year. We each had a beer and shared a big ole bowl of Wisconsin cheese curds (delish!). We were home by 5, piled up watching Netflix by 6, and passed out by 8. Quite the party animals this year!

 

Like most people, entering into a new year has forced me to take a look and reflect on the highs and lows of the previous year and reevaluate some of those moments- raising the question, how can I create more highs and perhaps elude some of the lows?

I find that “sweating the small things” is something I do all too often. Looking back over the last year, nine times out of ten when I worried about particular situations, the things I worried about most never came to pass. Worrying is a product of fear, and fear is not real. It is something that we merely create within our own minds from our own thoughts. It is a success-stalling inhibitor that causes us to miss out on opportunities because we are afraid of what “could” possibly happen. This year, I refuse to let fear or self-doubt have any power or control over my decisions.

Of course I have goals that consistently reappear each year such as, hitting new personal records in the gym, or making improvements to certain areas of my coaching; however, this year’s biggest goal is to simply be a better human.

Due to the fact that I am taking on a lighter schedule for this upcoming semester, I hope to be more consistent with my blogging!! Heres to an amazing New Year and I wish us all HEALTH & HAPPINESS!!!

 

 

 

Good Morning From Lafayette, Indiana ❄️❄️❄️

We left out on Wednesday morning from my moms in Alabama-headed north to see Wes’s family in Indiana. The entire drive we continuously watched the temperature drop from the 40′s to negative digits 😳. We got in around 1:00 am and immediately hit the sack.

Thursday morning we woke to a solid 3 inches of snow!

 

We spent most of the week’s mornings lounging with Wes’s dad, Donny Dee-catching up, drinking coffee and trying to stay warm while watching the Price Is Right and Frasier reruns. We did manage to battle the cold everyday for lunch. I kept it mostly on track until New Year’s Eve and then allowed for a couple of indulgences: Culver’s fish and chips and white castle (no, its not better than Krystal!)

 
A couple of our afternoons were spent taste testing at some of Don’s favorite local spots for happy hour 🍺 and our evenings were spent much like the mornings, bundled up, watching old classics 💙

 
We did venture out Saturday on a 4 hour trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan, which was just as cold. We visited some more of Wes’s family and squeezed in a movie..Jumanji (HILARIOUS 😂)

 
New Years Eve we were up and at it early. We headed over to Wes’s Uncle Jerry’s house where we spent most of the early afternoon.

This was Uncle Jerry’s home bar 😳. He and his wife ran a local liquor store for 15+ years, so the range of his collection was quite impressive. He made certain that we had a private bourbon tasting of some of his favorites to celebrate the end of the year.

 

We decided to keep it low key this year for our New Years Eve celebration. We figured after 4 years of celebrating in different countries, this year it would be nice to dial it down a bit (not to mention it was -11 degrees and almost intolerable!!) We kept it close to home at a little dive called Lefty’s. We rang in the new year with Donny Dee and about 15 of Lafayette’s locals 🎉. By 12:02 we were headed home and by 12:30 I was snoozing away 😴.

 
While Indiana has been a great time, you better believe that unless it is a must, I will not being coming back unless its summer time!!! You can keep your -11 temp and frigid snow!

Happy New Year!!! 🎉