A year in review.

Has anyone seen the new Facebook “2012: Your year in review”? It’s actually really cool!

It brings out the most influential parts of your year with pictures, posts and status updates.

Instead of showing you my year, I thought it’d be nice to offer you something I love to do each year after Christmas.

My sister, Emily,  showed it to me 3 years ago after I moved to Boston. It was 2009 and I had had quite an eventful year. From graduating college to being unemployed to working at a bar to randomly dating. I felt like my whole world had been flipped upside down and I had become an adult. I missed my college friends, it rained that whole summer, I was in a new city and lived with Emily! I felt like I had a lot to reflect on. So she gave me a blank document. It had 40 questions on it all pertaining to the past year. From most influential song to what countries did you visit, each question allowed me to reflect on all that had happened in the past 12 months.

I am now completing my 4th review. I find it fascinating to read about those years. What I thought was important, what I valued.

So if you don’t have FB or simply want to start your own tradition, take a few minutes to fill out your year in review.

Next year will be different and you’ll be faced with new challenges. You’ll meet more people and have exciting relationships. You’ll try different foods and travel new places. You’ll make goals, work hard and complete them.

You’ll also want to remember old memories. See how far you’ve come and how much you’ve grown.

So you’ll be happy you wrote it all down and saved it.

Your little time capsule from 2012.  

My 2012

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory?
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
9. What was your biggest failure?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
14. Where did most of your money go?
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
17. Compared to this time last year, are you…
i. happier or sadder?
ii. thinner or fatter?
iii. richer or poorer?
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
20. How did you spend Christmas?
21. How will you spend New Year’s Eve?
22. Did you fall in love in 2012?
23. How many one night stands?
24. What was your favorite TV program?
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
26. What was the best book you read?
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
28. What did you want and get?
29. What did you want and not get?
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
31. What did you do on your birthday?
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
34. What kept you sane?
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
37. Who did you miss?
38. Who was the best new person you met?
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
40. Quote a song lyric/movie/tv quote that sums up your year:

Enjoy and I hope you have a very happy, healthy and safe New Years 🙂


Much to be thankful for.

Sometimes we don’t notice the things others do for us until they stop doing them. 

Don’t be like that.  

Be grateful for what you have, who loves you, and who cares for you.

You’ll never know how much they mean to you until the day they’re no longer beside you.

Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. 

Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it to live.” 

sisterly love <3

Sisters Christmas xo

Cousins 🙂
best friends. 


What did you do this weekend? Travel? Stay home with family and friends? 


More than just bronzer: A movie review!

A couple weeks ago I became involved in a twitter conversation that began with,  

“Boston fitness/healthy living bloggers needed to participate in a review of a new documentary”.

Well, hello. I’m in.

I got connected to Matt Perkins, Producer for InsidersHealth.com, Contributor for Diet.com and Owner of Triumph Team Fitness.

The movie I was to watch and review centered around the world of all-natural fitness competitors. It zeros in on two individuals, one male one female. They are both extremely relatable. From being a mom to battling obesity, these competitors share one commonality; determination.  

The film focuses a lot on the myths and misconceptions of this industry. Extreme diets. Only young competitors. Unhealthy exercise techniques. Drugs. 

It’s fantastic to see such strong individuals work so hard towards this goal! Also featured is Cathy Savage, former fitness competitor, coach and owner of Cathy Savage Fitness. Her high energy team is not only motivational, but realistic. She states multiple times in the film that love is the most important part. You must love your body and yourself in order to succeed. 

The film ends with the individuals competing for the title on stage at Foxwoods Casino. 

As a viewer the transformations of these athletes is tangible. The change is much deeper than the hue of the bronzer or the height of the heels. 

Their confidence shines through as they come across the stage beaming with pride.

They logged the hours. They dedicated the time. They ate clean, trained hard and persevered. 

No starvation, no steroids. 

Just honest hard work. 

This was a great film that is making me consider training for a fitness competition! 

It’s Any Body’s Game, why not?


World Premiere of this film is on January 24th, 7pm at the Cabot Street Theater in Beverly, MA.
 This is NOT online. It will be available for purchase after the premiere however on DVD and Blu-Ray via InsidersHealth.com
Hope you can join us!