New Year’s Resolutions: 17 for 2017

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Hiya!  I can’t believe December is nearly over. Where has this year gone? I am sure you’re asking yourself the same question. I think this year has been the fastest of my life thus far and it frightens me. They say the older you get the faster the years go and I’m starting to believe whoever “they” are. For as long as I can remember I’ve stuck to one resolution and one resolution only when it comes to New Year’s, however I’m feeling a little sparky this year and thought I’d mix up the bag. Some of these are unique to me and others are some I’ve seen floating around in the abyss. Either way, I hope you can enjoy and perhaps foster them into some of your rezzy’s for this 2017!

  1.  Set up a recurring donation:  If there is something that is close to your heart, perhaps you could have a few bucks deducted from each paycheck to go towards your favorite charity.  You won’t even know the money is missing and you’ll be doing something wonderful!
  2. Boost Positive Daily Thoughts:  This is a fun one!  Sign up for a daily, motivational text through Shine text and you can share the beaming energy with your friends and co-workers.
  3. Provide in Tangible Ways:  We don’t always have an extra $5 to give to every homeless person on the street, but perhaps we can keep a few extra water bottles in our car, a banana, or even a PB&J.  Get creative, help can come in many forms and can be a lot more than money!
  4. Downsize Social Media Time:  This is a big one for moi and for many others, I believe. Social media is just so damn entertaining and it’s fun being nosey and seeing what everyone is up to, but it can also be very time consuming.  Limiting yourself to X amount of time per day will make you feel less tied to your phone, but in case you need a little help…there’s an app (go figure) that lets you know if you’re spending too much time on your phone and kicks you OFF! Check it out for your smartphone.
  5. Get my To-Do-List ON:  I am notorious for procrastination and being scatterbrained.  I want to keep a better check on my schedule and my to-do’s in a proficient way, with the upmost potential to all of my devices and this online to-do-list seems to be the lifesaver that will help me stay afloat…and it’s free, yippee!
  6. Reality TV vs. Educational TV:  Another thing I am notorious for is reality television.  Anything on Bravo, I’m there and hooked, doesn’t matter the show or the plot, all that matters is that Andy Cohen is behind it. However, I’m not learning much other than maybe a few new hot words. So, instead of constantly filling my head with reality TV, I figure I’ll swap that out with something that is more educational, such as a documentary or something along those lines in which I can learn from.
  7. Say No More:  Here’s the deal, I want to say yes to everyone and please everyone, but saying yes isn’t good for anyone involved if you’re being stretched too thin and putting their needs above your own.  Honesty is the best policy and people will respect you so much more if you speak up.
  8. Take Time to Meditate: The practice of meditation can be physically, emotionally and mentally empowering.  Setting time aside for yourself as a body and soul is so important and has the power to improve your whole life if you practice daily.
  9. Drink Hot Water w/ Lemon:  When I was originally diagnosed a friend of mine told me to drink this every morning and I did for a while.  It is tremendously good for your digestive track, amongst other things.  It’s about that time to get back on that wagon.
  10. Learn Another Language:  In High School I took Spanish but I did not retain a thing.  I have quite a bit of time on my hands these days and a spartphone at my disposal with a free app like Duolingo.  Why not brush up on my español?
  11. Get Outside More:  Typically I am such a homebody, this upcoming year I want to start taking advantage of my awesome neighborhood and beautiful city.  Getting outside can clear your head and a bit of fresh air can do you a world of good.
  12. Build More Experiences:  Not to focus on the material aspects of life, but instead the experiences.  The short road trips to California, the weekends up at the cabin, concerts and festivals with friends, the possibilities are endless.  Experiences and memories over things and items will last a lifetime.
  13. Turn Negatives Into Positives:  We live in a world where the negatives seem to outweigh the positives these days.  Instead of looking at the glass half empty, look at the glass half full and your whole perspective on life will change.
  14. Say I Love You More Often:  Since I was diagnosed I have no shame in telling the people that I love that I love them all the time, even at times completely out of the blue.  I’m sure it gets annoying but if it pops into my head, I want them to know it.  Friends or family, it doesn’t matter — don’t carry shame for love, yell it from the rooftops if that’s how you feel.
  15. Show Others Your Appreciation:  I am fortunate enough to constantly have people doing such lovely things for me and I feel inadequate when it comes to showing my appreciation.  This year I want to be sure that I am showing my appreciation in full force.
  16. Don’t Take Anything Too Seriously: Have a laugh, loosen up, be the butt of your own joke.  You can’t take anything in life too seriously, there’s always someone out there that has it worse off than you and you must remind yourself of that.  We’re all pretty fortunate.
  17. Forgive:  Last but not least, forgive those who have hurt your or forgive yourself.  Life is too short and as we know the years are way too short to hold onto anything negative.  Come into the new year with a fresh start and a clean heart.

 

Happy New Year, my loves!

Love,

Britt

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PSA: HAPPY N.Y.E. 🎉

How is it the very last day of 2015?  

Time is a concept that I just cannot seem to grasp.  It was a fast, but very busy year, filled with all sorts of ups and downs, highs and lows.  Needless to say I am extremely grateful to be here, to be alive and living, as I did not think I would make it to see 2016.  Fortunately, I am extremely blessed and my surgery went impeccably well.  The recovery process has been lengthy as expected.  Here’s a little Good Morning message from me to you on this New Years Eve.  Cheers to a happy, healthy and whimsical 2016, babes!

Always,

Britt x

PS-  Watch out for a second video today of a NYE makeup session! 💋

🎉🎉🎉 Hello, 2014! 🎉🎉🎉

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Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a marvelous and safe New Years Eve!  This year, Steve and I decided to keep it simple and close to the heart by ringing in the New Year with family and a deck of cards.  It was relaxing and full of laughter and love.

I have been quite the ghost as of late, with regards to updates on the blog.  But wait, I have a really good excuse…CANCER! I have been incredibly fatigued and weak and the ninth chemo round really did a number on me.  As I progress with my treatment, the weaker I will become, unfortunately.  However, the good news is that the chemo is working and doing its job by killing the cancer that resides inside of me.  For that, I will take the tiredness and weakness.  I will begin my tenth chemo round this Thursday-Sunday and I am sure it will take its toll.  Bring it on!  I am looking forward to a new year, full of new memories, lessons and endless amounts of love and laughter.

Once again, wishing you and yours a happy and healthy New Year!

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New Years Resolutions:

👉 Britt:  “Enjoy the small stuff”

👉 Steve: “Eat more jellybeans…”

👉 Bev: Find the man of my life”

👉 Clay: “Be happy for today”

👉 Nan: “To lose weight”

👉 Gary: “To enjoy my Jackie and my family…love you all”

👉 Arlene: “To have lots of love for friends and to be able to give to the needy”

👉 Dennis: “To find a new home”

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Love,

Britt x

2013: Year in Review ♡

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2013, the year of twerking, Government shutdowns, Grumpy Cat, The Boston Marathon Bombing, the finale of Dexter and the death of a revered pioneer, Nelson Mandela.  Those are just some of the lighthearted and heavyhearted events that took place.  A year that for me was like no other, despite the breaking news of pop culture, politics and world news.

The year 2k13 began with a bang.  I rang in the New Year with my nearest and dearest and resolved as the clock struck midnight, that this year would be unlike any other.  It was an innate premonition that the Near Year would bring forth a cloudy wake, with unfamiliarity as to what the next 12 months would encompass.  Little did I know that mid-way through the year my life would forever be changed and the person that I was when the clock struck midnight on January 1st, 2013, would be a stranger when we were met with the middle of the year.  2013 has definitely proved to be one for the books.  Here are some of the highlights of my year…

January: 

Rang in the New Year with the best of company.

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February: 

✔ Advised that our Loft was being sold by the owner, forcing us to look for a new loft/condo in the Downtown Phoenix Area.

OLD PLACE:

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NEW PLACE:

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March: 

✔ Unsuccessful pregnancy…but it all makes sense now.

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April: 

A rejuvenating road trip with my love to Silver Lake, CA; where we fell in love with the village-esque town and had the time of our life, as well as Salvation Mountain.

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May: 

Launched my Interior Design Business, Impact Interiors, PHX

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June: 

Celebrated my beloved Nan’s 71st Birthday.  

✔ The start of my health problems

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July: 

Found out I had Stage IV  Colon Cancer.  Underwent two major surgeries within the same day, spent ungodly amounts of time in the Hospital and accepted that my life would never be the same.

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August: 

Chopped off all of my hair

✔ Began IVF to preserve our family (epic fail). 

✔ Port Surgery  

Began Chemo

✔ Attended my best friend’s wedding.

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September:  

✔  Purchased my Vespa!

Got a new tattoo

✔  (((Blur)))  Chemo…

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October: 

Had some humiliating times, whilst in public due to chemo side effects…(((ahem))) Halloween.

Moved into our new condo at Portland Place

Became a Published picture taker in the book “Saturday’s in Silverlake”

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November:

Turned 28 and enjoyed every second of the idea of growing older, wiser and being alive. 

Attended the Undy 5000 for Colon Cancer and was joined by my family and friends.

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December: 

Realized it’s been a hell of a year, but blessed with family and friends and lucky to be alive to see 2014…

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Synopsis:  Times have been tough, but through the experience of going through cancer, I have grown as a person.  There have been some losses along the way, friends, family members, supporters.  Some things taken away, such as normalcy, the idea that I may not be able to have a baby, the notion that I am not invincible and cancer/chemotherapy will forever be a part of my life and most of all the loss of feeling carefree, young and exempt from the evils of illness.  With all of the hardship has also birthed many blessings, I’ve gained some friends along the way, grew closer to my family, adopted the rational that life is not perfect and ultimately everything happens the way it was meant to happen.  The blue print of my life included getting cancer, I may not know the reason why, but through this journey and what a journey it has been, I have realized the person I was meant to be, the person I want to be and the biggest marvel of it all is that I have a voice; a platform to share my journey with so many people.

After a year like 2013, I truly believe that anything is capable of happening.  Never in a million years would I have expected to conclude 2013 in such a way.  My wish for this New Year, 2014 is to begin it with smiles on our faces, approach the year with the belief of a fresh start and new beginnings.  Just like any other year, there will be bumps along the way, but possess the bumps with stride and remember that this too shall pass.  Relish in the small victories and don’t sweat the tiny trifling’s.  Love with all you have and treat each day as a gift to which you contribute all you have to give.  Spread cheer with the spirit of giving and most of all, I wish you a happy, healthy 2014, along with ample reasons to celebrate your life and being alive.  Cheers to 2014, my friends!

Love,

Britt x