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Kristin Booker • January 6, 2013

And Now, The Top 5 Lessons I Learned From 2012

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A little time for reflection in front of our Christmas tree. In my stylish penguin socks, natch.

Ah, you guys. The time off has been absolutely amazing.

I flew out on Christmas Day and was unplugged almost completely (it’s hard to keep a good Instagram girl down) for 11 glorious fun-filled days. I ventured to my home state of West Virginia, where I took some time to just step back and think about things.

Right before I left, I had a really hard time concentrating and even thinking properly, which is what happens when you take only one vacation a year. That’s right, people – for all my talk about living well, I admit that when I got to the end of last year, I realized that I wasn’t exactly walking the walk. Which gave me time to reflect.

Folks, I’ve realized that some stuff really has to change around here, most notably within my own life. So, while I was away from Le Blog for 10+ days, here’s what I realized that 2012 had to teach me. They’re in no particular order:

Vacation is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. – When I flew home, I was a sweaty, tired WRECK of a human being. Blood pressure through the roof, eye strain, the whole nine yards. I spent about five of the 10 days I was off just SLEEPING. Peeps, it’s no way to live. I got my brains back about Day Six. I plan on taking a LOT more time off this year.

If you aren’t definite about who you are, there are plenty of people who will make that decision for you . – I’m a staunch supporter of discovering who you are and doing it to death. But when I got to the end of the year, I realized (by way of re-reading this blog, btw) that I was ALL OVER THE PLACE in 2012. Look, here’s the deal: this blog pays my bills. When you get pulled in a million directions with brands you love to do great things, sometimes it can come across to you, the reader, as a lack of direction. For that, I apologize. I’ve got a better idea of how to handle this in 2013. 🙂

There’s nothing I lost in 2012 that I want back. – I turned over a whole new wardrobe, moved into a new apartment and officially left a whole segment of my personal life behind last year. That resulted in a whole lot of house cleaning on a physical and emotional level. Upon review, I feel good about all the decisions I made. You can’t move forward if you’re looking backwards. Eyes on the prize.

How I feel about myself is entirely up to me. – No, seriously. This occurred to me one afternoon right before I flew home in Core Fusion Cardio class. The last 25 lbs that I have to lose is something I’ve been bitching about for a really long time. The actions I take – or don’t take – as it pertains to this weight loss is entirely up to me. The reason I haven’t lost the weight? I haven’t really wanted to…until now. Over the holidays, I tried something new: I worked out 8 of the 11 days I was on vacation and I felt AMAZING. This is a metaphor for life, ladies and gents. From the company we keep to the things we do every single day, that feeling at the end of the day is entirely up to us.

The future is always bigger than I can imagine. – Some amazing things happened in 2012. I got to work with Target. I got to work with Timex. I was in a national ad campaign for CLEAR Scalp & Hair Therapy. Life got really big. And this year, I want it to get even bigger. So, I’ve let my imagination run wild as to where I’d like to go and the things I’d like to see this year and I’m hoping you’ll join me on the ride. As I discover more about what makes life really beautiful…and how to adorn oneself appropriately for the journey.

The view from Hillcrest Drive in my hometown of Charleston, WV, on a chilly January evening.

The view from Hillcrest Drive in my hometown of Charleston, WV, on a chilly January evening.

Here’s to a fantastic, amazing 2013…for ALL of us.




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