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Dear Self… What words of advice would you give yourself?

 

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Recently we had a family member pass away. He was a wonderful man – so full of life. My husband posted on his own Facebook page how “hugs were not an option” referencing our relative who passed away. Its true. It didn’t matter who you were – friend or relative – our deceased loved one always hugged everyone. Even the first time I met him he made me feel like we have known each other for years.

Not only was he the Fire Marshall he was also active in the community. He was well loved and respected by many. The line to pay your last respects and the funeral home was literally out the door (no exaggeration). The funeral procession from the church past his old fire house had to be at least 80 cars long. It was amazing.

My husband and I were talking about the number of people who came out to pay their respects. That got us both thinking about our own morality. Death has a way of making you think about your own passing.

This whole situation made me want to compile a list for my present and future self – another words giving myself some words of advice to live by.

Never pass on the opportunity to say “I love you“.

Life is so short. It truly is. And you never know from one day to the next if it will be your last – or the last day of someone who means the world to you. Always tell people that you love how much you love them as often as possible.

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Spend as much time with those you love as much as possible. 

It’s very important to spend as much time as you can with the people that mean the most to you. Over the years relatives and friends seemed to drift away from my life. We always want to get together but life, family, jobs and other commitments seem to keep us apart. It’s important to find the time and spend as much time as you can together. Even if it’s something as simple as a cup of coffee. Or if it’s a friend or relative who lives far away pick up the phone and call them or go on Skype. Text messages, Facebook and e-mails are NOT ways of spending quality time together.

Always let your true self shine through. 

One thing I really need to work on is confidence and self esteem. I am a very shy person and often feel awkward in social situations. I wasn’t always that way. It just seemed to sneak up on me the older I got. I just need to get over it because it’s preventing me from doing so much with my life.

I know being overweight is a huge issue for me. It prevents me from being “me”. I don’t let people see who I really am inside because I am so concerned about what people are thinking about my “outside”. I am making effort to get past that.

I recently went for not one but two job interviews (same job – two different people). Normally I would be so freaked out by the thought of going on a job interview that I’d probably throw up and lose sleep the night before. Not this time. I went into both interviews as “me”. I let the real me shine through. I didn’t let the fact that I am overweight hinder me. Simply by being “me” I felt more confident about the situation and I think the interviews went well. From now on I’m going to be “me”. If people don’t like me because I am overweight then that is their loss, not mine. I don’t need people like that in my life anyway.

I may be overweight but my weight is not who I am. Not only that NO ONE IS PERFECT. Everyone has flaws. I need to stop comparing myself to others because they are not me and I am not them.

Live the life you want to live.

I have a beautiful bracelet that has those words of advice engraved on it. I wear the bracelet almost daily. Its a constant reminder for me not to give up on my dreams. No one is going to create a life for you – you need to do what it takes to create the life YOU want for YOURSELF.

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Take time to enjoy and appreciate the world around you.

Stop and smell the flowers. Walk through grass in your bare feet. Close your eyes and focus on how the breeze on your face feels. Take time to notice the rhythmic music your neighbors wind chimes make. Enjoy the softness of a kitten’s fur. Amaze in the wonder and beauty of the night sky.

These might seem like little, insignificant things but they are not. What if you got into an accident and had to have your legs amputated? Wouldn’t you wish to feel the grass between your toes again? What if you lost your hearing? Wouldn’t you love to hear those wind chimes or even the sound of a baby laughing? If you lost your site you would probably yearn for the opportunity to gaze at the night sky again.

Make a difference in someone else’s life. 

Life is not just about you – its also about the people in your life and the people who cross paths with you, even for a brief moment n time. The things you say and do can have a negative or positive impact on other people’s lives. When you are gone you’ll want your legacy and memory to live on in others.

I am a firm believer of “Random Acts of Kindness” and I try and accomplish at least one daily (more whenever possible). Even if it’s something as simple as holding the door open for someone or letting someone in front of you at the check out line.

I have had people do amazing things for me – things I will never, ever forget. They really had a positive impact on my life. For example, total strangers helped raise money for us to pay for our son’s leg braces when he was little because we didn’t have the money to pay for them and our insurance didn’t cover them.

Another great example is my blog. The fact that you are reading this right now is all thanks to the huge heart and amazing generosity of a wonderful woman name Alison (BeingAlison.com). I owe her the world. I hope to some day repay her kindness – with interest! :-)

Whenever you can do something for someone else even if it’s mere smiling at someone. For all you know that person might be having the worst day ever and your smile might be the one thing that helps them to feel better.

Live in the moment

Enjoy every moment life has to offer. There is nothing you can do about your past (trust me, I’ve tried). You can’t “un-do” mistakes but you can learn from them and move on with your life.

Stop stressing about tomorrow. Tomorrow will take care of it’s self. If you are too focuses on what tomorrow might bring you will miss all the wonderful things that today has to offer.

I am guilty of focuses on the future and not being present in the moment. For example, I want a house more than anything else. I watch home and garden shows. I read about how to plant and grow a garden. I even have things pinned on Pinterest for my future house. All this thought and effort should be used in the “here and now”, not for something that may or may not ever happen and if it does it won’t be for many years from now.

If you don’t live for today you’ll regret it tomorrow. As I said earlier you can’t un-do you past, even if it only happened yesterday. Not only that, what if tomorrow never comes? Life is short and can be ended in a heartbeat. This is why you need to be “present” in the present time.

What words of advice do YOU have for yourself? What is the best words of advice anyone has ever given you? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.

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I took this photo one day when I was out with my husband and children. The sky literally took my breath away. It was too beautiful for mere words.

Kimberly

*This post was inspired by Red Envelope‘s Past, ‘Present’ & Future project.” There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

 

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Dear Magazine Publishers…

 

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I love to read. Sadly I don’t always have the time to pick up a book and read it from cover to cover. There are days I’m lucky if I can read a few pages let alone a chapter or two. That is why I enjoy reading magazines. I am able to read articles in a matter of minutes, plus I find a lot of great recipes and ideas for around the home.

I subscribe to several magazines. Mostly they are “house &  home” type magazines and entertainment magazines.

I know I can subscribe online but I don’t like reading magazines on my tablet, Kindle or laptop. I prefer to have the magazine in my hand.

I always recycle magazines when I am done with them. Sometimes I give them away to people who want them and at times I’ve even donated them.

This morning I went to our mailbox because I forgot to get the mail yesterday. Inside I found four magazines. Three of the magazines were covered in plastic. The reason for this is so that the publishers can put extra junk mail inside.

Junk mail inserts from Good Housekeeping & Women's Day magazines - both wrapped in plastic to bring these "offers" to me.

Junk mail inserts from Good Housekeeping & Women’s Day magazines – both wrapped in plastic to bring these “offers” to me.

Inside two magazines I found loose inserts to subscribe to other magazines. It was not necessary to wrap my current magazine in plastic just to include a page to subscribe to another magazine. Instead they could have just e-mailed me the subscription invitation or sent it to me as a post card that I could have easily recycled and not have to worry about the excess plastic. They are also popular magazines. If I wanted to subscribe to them I could go online and subscribe or pick up a copy at a local retailer and use one of their subscription card inserts. I don’t need to get JUNK MAIL tucked inside my magazines, wrapped in plastic.

The third magazine was a bit different. Instead of an insert for another magazine subscription there were three different pieces of JUNK MAIL – Save $200 on a piece of exercise equipment, a “value combo” deal from Omaha Steaks and a bunch of coupons in a small circular.

WHY? Why send these along with my magazine? Why can’t you just stuff these things inside the Sunday paper with the rest of the coupons? Why send me extra junk that I have to dispose of ? I subscribe to the MAGAZINE, not unwanted junk mail.

What irks me the most is that all three of these magazines were wrapped in plastic. Plastic is non-biodegradable. These plastic wraps are eventually going to find their way to a landfill or left to drift aimlessly in the ocean. This same plastic can be accidentally eaten by wildlife or sea creature. It cannot be digested which means certain death for these poor creatures.

As much as I love to read magazines I am seriously considering not renewing my subscriptions because of this WASTE of paper and plastic. Suddenly finding a fabulous recipe or reading a heart warming story doesn’t seem as nice knowing that I just helped to pollute our environment with plastic and junk mail. Sigh…

I hope magazine publishers will reconsider this ridiculous practice. I understand you need to sell ads and make money but there are other ways to do that. If need be put the junk mail inside the magazine with tear off pages so that they don’t fall out. Please stop wrapping magazines in plastic.

What do you think about this? Sound off. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.

Junk mail wrapped in plastic around the Rachel Ray magazine.

Junk mail wrapped in plastic around the  Everyday with Rachel Ray magazine.

Kimberly

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She Scribes made Cision’s Top 50 U.S. Mom Blogger’s List!

 

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The other day I received a Facebook message from my dear friend Mitch over at GayNYCDad.com. He told me that I had made the Top 50 Mom Blogger’s list. I had no clue what he was talking about. Thankfully he sent me a link. Of course I just had to check it out.

The link took me to the Cision website. Cision helps companies, brands and public relations firms to find the top influencers in different niches to help them to know who to reach out to for work with campaigns and other projects. For a blogger it’s a very big deal.

The list was complied by by Beth Blanchard. She is an editor at Cision.

Mother’s Day is May 11! To celebrate moms everywhere (and assist with last-minute campaigns), Cision has compiled a list of the top 50 U.S. mom bloggers. Defining influence is tricky business no matter how you look at it, so I chose three concrete metrics as the basis for my list: Cision Digital Reach, Twitter followers and inbound links. Using Cision’s media database, I was able to find over 2,000 U.S. contacts covering motherhood or parenting, and from there, I winnowed it down to mom bloggers with data for my established criteria. Finally, I ranked the blogs by each metric and took the average of those ranks to calculate an overall rating. Congrats to the top bloggers!

There are thousands of bloggers in the United States. I am honored to be a part of this incredible list, especially considering the list was narrowed down from 2,000 U.S. bloggers.

Here I am! :-)!

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I am thrilled to be a part of this list, especially considering that the list if filled with amazing bloggers that I admire.

To see the entire list visit www.Cision.com/us/2014/05/top-50-u-s-mom-bloggers. Maybe some of your personal favorite blogs are on the list – or perhaps even YOU.

Thank you Cision! I am beyond thrilled and incredibly honored to be on your list.

PHOTO CREDIT: Cision

PHOTO CREDIT: Cision

Kimberly

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Celebrity Spokespeople vs. REAL People

 

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Do you ever watch television and see a celebrity pushing a product or service and wonder “Why him/her?” For example, Tommy Lee Jones promoting Ameriprise Financial and Catherine Zeta-Jones trying to get you to sign up for T-Mobile. I wouldn’t associate these people with the things they are trying to sell you. In fact, I am never swayed by celebrity endorsements. These people are getting paid millions to promote products and services that they have most likely never used themselves. They may get a ton of free products being a spokesperson, but do they really use these products and would they HONESTLY endorse them if a big, fat paycheck wasn’t being dangled in front of them?

One sector that really irks me are the weight loss companies. I am an obese person. I would love to lose weight.

I think it’s great that Jessica Simpson, Marie Osmond, Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Fisher lost weight. I truly do! And I’m NOT putting these beautiful ladies down or discrediting their weight loss. Especially Jennifer. WOW!

All of these celebrities have money. They can afford these programs as well as personal chefs and personal trainers. I think anyone could be successful with a weight loss program if they had someone preparing their meals for them and a trainer to help whip them into shape. Even someone who has never been successful in the past would probably do very well if they had a chef and trainer. I know I would.

What I would love to see if for the weight loss companies to have REAL people as their spokespersons. People like you and me. Someone who does not have the financial means to hire a chef or even afford to join a gym. For me that would be a true testament to how well something works.

Each year People magazine has their weight loss issue where real people share their weight loss stories. Often popular diet plans are mentioned. Those are the kinds of endorsements I want to see. These men and women are not paid to endorse the weight loss plans. No one is giving them millions of dollars to tell people to hurry up and join.

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I would love to see someone like me promoting a weight loss program. A busy mom with a career and a home to take care of. Someone who has to scramble to make their family a healthy dinner every night and someone whose only current form of exercise is walking the dog. I would love to see how they incorporate a weight loss program into their busy lives, and how they can incorporate the program into their family life. It’s not always easy to microwave your dinner while cooking a different meal for your family. If you have ever been on a “diet” (I hate that word) you probably know what I mean. It’s hard to make your family chicken parmesan and pasta while you are eating a tiny piece of Salisbury steak and a dollop of mashed potatoes.

I wish I had a personal chef who could create healthy meals for not only me, but also my family. That would be wonderful.

I cannot afford a gym membership. I might be able to swing a few small pieces of equipment, but that is about it. My family would love to have a treadmill, but they are outside of our budget.

I know I could turn on my TV and pop in a DVD and follow along with a exercise video but it’s not the same as having someone next to you, encouraging you and pushing you to do more. Not someone like Jillian Michaels. She scares me. :-) I don’t want someone to yell and scream at me. I require a more gentle approach.

Sometimes I find exercise videos hard to follow along with. They move faster than I do and some of the moves I physically can’t do. If I had a personal trainer they could help me to exercise at my own speed and recommend other moves I can do based on my needs and limitations.

I wish these weight loss programs would ditch the celebrities and hire REAL people to share their weight loss journey. I would be more likely to use a program that show real people with real results – without outside help.

I’m sorry for my little rant. It just irks me. I’m NOT trying to discredit any of the weight loss plans. I have tried the three most popular and I have had success. They all work, you just have to stick with it and have the money to stay with it for as long as you can.

Do you feel the same way about celebrity endorsements? Have you ever purchased a product or service based on a celebrity endorsement?

Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

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Resolutions, Diets, Inspiration and Laughter… oh my!

 

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Did you know that almost every day of the year has something special assigned to it? Most of these “holidays” and observances are unknown to most of us. For example, February 28, 2014 is National Pancake Day. This coming Saturday (January 4, 2014) is National Spaghetti Day.

There are also weekly and monthly observances. Bald Eagle Appreciation Day are January 18th & 19th this month. February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month and March 25th through the 29th is Termite Awareness Week.

Raise your hand if you celebrate Termite Awareness Week?

It would be very interesting to learn about how these observances began and how others got on board with it. Is it easy to do? Can I declare May 1st as National Love a Blogger Day? LOL!

I did a little research and found some observances for this upcoming week.

New Year’s Resolutions Week is January 1st to January 4th. I think most people are on board with this one. After all, the New Year is when most people declare that they are going to eat healthier, stop smoking, get more organized and better their life.

I don’t make resolutions. I used to but I stopped doing that years ago. I felt like resolutions don’t life up to all the hype. Instead I set goals for myself for the New Year. I realize goals and resolutions are the same thing. I just find it easier to accept the term goals more so than resolutions. I see things differently when I label it a goal rather than a resolution. Resolutions to me are “fluff”. Goals are more “meaty” and have ore meaning behind them. At least in my opinion.

I would list my goals in this post, but I’m still trying to hash them out and select my top five. Right now I have a lot of possible goals. Too many is not good. Having too many is only going to set me up to fail. Instead I need to pick out 3-5 realistic goals and stick with them.

Do YOU have any resolutions for the New Year? Feel free to share them with me in the comments section. Sometimes writing things down help you feel more obligated to see them through. It makes you accountable for your actions.

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It’s seems fitting that January 1st through January 7th is Diet Resolution Week. I HATE the word “diet”, don’t you?

I have been on almost every diet imaginable – Slim Fast, Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Optifast, Cabbage Soup Diet, Atkins, Special K, laxatives, starvation, exercising like a crazy person, binging and purging… there is nothing I haven’t tried. I even have weight loss surgery (Roux En Y). I lost almost 200 pounds in two years but gained back weight when I got pregnant. I’ve been 100 pounds overweight for the past 17 years.

Don’t get me wrong, many of these diet plans (Slim Fast, Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Atkins…) ARE GREAT. Most offer delicious foods and much needed support. The problem is that once you go off them chances are you’ll gain back some of the weight (if not all) that you lost. No one can live on pre-packaged foods for the rest of your life. You need to learn to eat in the “real world”.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand the fundamentals of losing weight – Make healthier food choices, watch your portion size, drink plenty of water and exercise. That’s it! That is what you need to do.

I tell my kids all the time they CAN have Oreo cookies, but it’s better to have two and not six. They CAN have ice cream every day, just have a little bit and there is no need to drown the ice cream in candy, cookies and chocolate syrup.

I feel blessed that my kids will often opt for raw baby carrots instead of cookies or chips when they get home from school. Or grab a yogurt instead of candy. I’m not saying they don’t enjoy chips, cookies and candy. They do. They just know that they need to balance the “bad stuff” with the “good stuff”.

I’m obese. I don’t eat bag full of chips and a ton of candy and soda. I just make wrong choices, I don’t watch my portions and I hate to exercise. I would rather have a bowl of cheese tortellini with butter and black pepper than a cupcake or slice of cake. What I SHOULD make is a salad and grilled chicken or tuna. I’m just lazy. It’s easier for me to boil water and toss in some tortellini.

As for exercise – I hate it! Walking is fine but other than that I hate to exercise. We do have a gym in our condo complex that my teenagers use a few times per week. I SHOULD go with them, or go during the day when they are at school. Bu do I? No. I need to change that. “Moving” is one of my goals. I can’t sit at my desk all day long and no move.

Laughter

An interesting observance this week (January 2nd to January 8th) is Someday We’ll Laugh About This Week. There is a Facebook page set up for this week (I’m sorry but I can’t find the link – I did see it earlier today).

My husband was just at the Cardiologist a few days ago. He sees one every six month because heart disease runs in his family. His father died of a heart attack, as did his older brother. His mom had heart disease and had many surgeries as a result (she died from Pancreatic Cancer, not a heart aliment).

The reason why my husband went in to see the Cardiologist before his six month check up is because he was having an argument with our 16 year old daughter (teenagers, as you know, can be such a “joy” at times – mean sarcastically of course). He actually broke out into a sweat and had a tight feeling in his chest. The Cardiologist examined him and found him to be in great health. He said the tightness he felt was his esophagus spasming due to the stress of the heated argument.

What it boiled down to is that my husband is overly stressed out between parenting teenagers, his job, money worries and a few other things. The Cardiologist and I discussed with my husband ways to de-stress and how he needs to not freak out over the littlest thing. I have seen vein pop out of his head when the cat pukes on the floor or if the dog needs to go out late at night. These are not things that he should stress about.

Stress is a response to things seen as a physical or psychological threat. The cat throwing up is not something that would be seen as a physical or psychological threat, but our body and minds are weird and some how my husband’s body feels it’s a threat and he reacts by getting stressed out. It’s also due to a feeling of not having control over the situation.

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The doctor told him he needs to “find his happy place” (to quote the doctor and Finding Nemo). Some place where he can mentally travel to when he’s feeling stressed to help him to calm down. He’s still working on finding such a place in his mind.

I also told him to “be a duck“. Duck’s feathers are some what waterproof. Water just rolls off of them. I want the things that would normally stress my husband out to just “roll” off of him. I also told him he needs to pick and choose what to stress about. Getting stressed out because we have no money to hold us over to the next paycheck IS a reason to stress out – stressing out because someone spilled a glass of water on the floor is not.

It has been proven that laughter has health benefits too. Some experts say it can help you to live longer. Laughter improves both your physical and mental health.

Someday We’ll Laugh About This Week is meant to remind people that they need to find more laughter in their lives, even if it means finding laughter in situations might not seem funny when they are happening.

Have you ever been in a situation where at the time it was not funny, but days, weeks or years later when you look back on it you some how find humor in the situation? That is what is meant by Someday We’ll Laugh About This Week - find humor in every situation.

What do you think about these “weeks”? Now that you know about them do you think you’ll participate in them?

What is the weirdest observation week/day/month that you have ever heard of?

Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

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A look back at 2013

 

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With the dawn of a new year hours away I thought I would take this time to look back on 2013 and reflect on it’s ups and downs.

2013 flew by – literally. I think this was the quickest year I have ever experienced. I can still vividly remember watching all the New Year’s festivities on TV last year. It seems like only yesterday. I know that is an expression but it really does feel like it was yesterday.

This past year had many highs and lows. It’s the lows that I am looking forward to putting far behind me.

In 2013 we FINALLY sold our condo and found a beautiful house. My whole family was excited about finally having a house and space. I even created a Pinterest page where I pinned house hold items and décor that I wanted for our new house. Sadly that all went sour. We had to back out of the purchase of the house due to some very important information the mortgage guy failed to mention to us. And we had to cancel the sale of our condo. We even did the right thing and reimbursed the buyer the money she paid to have our condo inspected.

I TRY and think of that whole fiasco as a blessing in disguise. We would have been “house poor” in a matter of months.

We have given up on owning a house. We’re trying to make due living in our shoebox sized condo.

My dad passed away earlier this year. I never had a chance to say “good bye” or to tell him that I love him. :-( I find comfort in knowing he’s with my mom now. He’s never been happy since she passed away 10 years ago this month.

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My aunt passed away this year too.

My blog even got hit with some bad stuff this year. About a month ago something happened to my site which we still can’t figure out. Google knocked me off the map. At one point you couldn’t find me if you Googled “She Scribes”. It’s as if I never existed. That part has finally been worked out but my page rank went from a PR4 to N/A. Ouch! That hurt A LOT. It’s also effecting my traffic. That is very bothersome too.

This past year did have some highlights.

Our daughter turned 16. It’s hard to believe that we have a 16 year old.

My family spent a beautiful day on the Hudson River on the Spirit of New York cruise ship. That was amazing! I have lived in New York all my life and I have never seen New York City from that vantage point. The ship’s captains even invited my family to hang out with them for a bit in the control room.

One other time we went to New York City we went to the top of Rockefeller Center (aka “Top of the Rock”) and saw some breath taking views of the city.

Speaking of New York City – I had an amazing time at Hellmann’s 100th Anniversary. We were treated to the show, The Chew. I was even seen on TV! I also had my picture taken with Chef Mario Batalli (I had met him earlier in the year as well).

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At the Hellmann’s 100th Anniversary there was the World’s Longest Picnic Table which will go into the Guinness Book of World Records. At that same event I got to briefly meet Andy Cohen (Watch What Happens Live). I even snapped some pictures with Andy with my friend Mitch (GayNYCDad.com) and Jackie (MySentimentExactLee.com). That was a fun day.

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My family and I also attended the “Green” Carpet Premiere of the film Epic. I had the chance to meet and interview Colin Farrell, Chris O’Dowd, Aziz Ansari, Amanda Seyfried and director Chris Wedge.

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There are a few more things but I don’t want to bore anyone. :-)

Now 2014 is just hours away. I have to admit that I’m a bit “down” right now. I know I should be hopeful and look forward to what the new year might bring. I just don’t feel that way right now. I wish I knew why.

I don’t make resolutions. I used to but I found that making resolutions was just a way to set myself up for failure. Instead I opt to make “better” and “conscious” choices in my life. Instead of saying “I need to go on a diet and lose xxx pounds”, I am going to make a conscious effort not to eat more than one cookie, or make an effort to walk the dog for 15-20 longer than I would normally do.

This year I want to organize my time better so that I am not blogging at all hours of the night to keep on top of things and not able to do things around my home like I need to. I want to try and get posts written and scheduled ahead of time so that I can have a “me day” once a week to catch up on things, read a book, take on a hobby, or persue other activities.

I hope my readers won’t mind if I throw in more personal posts this year. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still host giveaways and do reviews, I just want to add MORE to my site. It seems like all I do are reviews and giveaways. I want to offer readers MORE than that. I’m a forty something year old woman, I’m a wife, I’m a mom, I have thoughts and ideas. I would like to share these things with my readers. I would love for my readers to get to know the person I am.

I also want to add some more fun and interesting things to my blog. I want to post things that will get you thinking, posts to make you laugh, posts where I can connect with readers and more.

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I don’t know how I am going to accomplish all of this, but I’m sure going to try and figure it out.

As 2013 comes to an end I want to thank each and every one of my loyal readers and followers for sticking with me throughout the year. Without all of you I would not be where I am today. I owe my blog’s existence to everyone who takes a few moments out of their day to stop by and see what I have to say. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

For all my new readers and followers I hope you’ll stick around and stay with me throughout 2014.

I would love it if you would all “connect” with me on the various social media outlets.

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/SheScribes

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/She_Scribes

Pinterest: www.Pinterest.com/SheScribes

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On a side note – if you could take my 2014 demographics survey (click on the “check mark” graphic on the side bar —>) that would be very helpful.  It’s totally anonymous and it will help me to get a better understanding as to what kind of content and things my readers are most interested in. You DON’T need to enter an e-mail or anything personal and it’s only 10 quick questions. Thank you!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all have a happy and healthy new year. May all your hopes and dreams come true in 2014.

Happy New Year

Kimberly

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