Every time I think about the new year, the song “Feeling Good” by Michael Buble pops into my head. It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me… and I’m feeling good. Those are the words I want to describe this new year for me. I want to look at every new day as an opportunity to be better, to improve myself and to make the changes I need to make. 2011 is going to hold a lot of surprises and uncertainty for me, and although I am nervous, I have faith that I will be able to handle it. A new life is about to begin for my family and me, and I’m ready to take the challenges head on.
Of course, that’s not to say that 2010 wasn’t a challenge itself. To date, 2010 was the hardest year of my life. I didn’t write much about it on my blog, but I experienced more heartache that year than I have ever felt before. Challenges and obstacles—things that I never thought I would have to deal with—were placed in mine and my family’s life, and we struggled quite a bit because of it. I often felt alone and scared, but thankfully my Heavenly Father pulled me through. Without His love, comfort and support, I don’t know how I would’ve handled it. He became my best friend; He carried me through the tears, and He calmed my troubled heart more times than I can count.
But 2010 wasn’t all bad. Even though much was lost, much was also gained; I officially deemed 2010 the year of learning. My knowledge and experience increased in many things, and I wouldn’t trade that for the world. It was the year that I learned about clean-eating, and I began to realize that whole, natural, unprocessed foods are far better for my body than chemically refined, low-calorie “foods” are. But the learning didn’t stop there. I spent every moment I could searching for information, reading articles and building a strong foundation of nutritional knowledge. That led to the creation of this blog, which helped me to gain confidence in my ability to cook and experiment with healthy food. Next, I began to realize the way dairy made me feel, and excluding it from my diet opened up a whole other world of learning opportunities. It truly has been a fun journey, and it’s not over yet.
2010 was also the year that my hobby-like attitude towards ballroom dance was replaced with a fierce love for it. Instead of taking a basic once-a-week class, I’m now training for competitions with my partner and have extended my goals to include the BYU Ballroom Team. Between classes and socials I’m dancing 4-5 times a week. I have a feeling that number will only increase as time goes on.
Academically I’ve learned a lot as well. You may recall that I started and finished my first semester of community college dual credit this year. It’s pretty common amongst homeschoolers to start at my age, but it doesn’t diminish the fact that it was a huge accomplishment. I learned a lot, not only about the subjects, but also about the college workload and what is/will be expected of me. I look forward to beginning the next semester this month and finishing out my first year.
Last but not least, I learned a lot about myself. I’ve done a lot of self-analyzing this year, and I’ve come to understand myself better than I ever have before. I’ve learned to recognize certain behaviors in myself, and I’ve traced those behaviors back to the thought processes that cause them. (Can you tell I’m interested in psychology?) It’s been a very interesting process and an important one, too. It’s good to get to know yourself, and I hope to get to know myself even better in 2011.
Not only do I want to know myself better, but I’d like for you all to know me better, too. In the future, I’d like to make this blog less of a food blog and more of a Kelsey blog. I will most certainly still be posting recipes, food, tips, tricks, products and ideas, but I also want to feel comfortable talking about my life. If I choose to write about my weekend with friends or some thoughts that have been on my mind, I want that to be okay. It shouldn’t seem off-topic or unusual. Also, writing more about myself and my life will include writing about things that are important to me. That means my family, my religion, the Lord, ballroom, my dogs, and my goals, among many other things. This is Kelsey’s blog, and I plan to take full ownership of that title.
In order to do so, I thought I would lighten the mood a bit and show you some pictures from my New Years’ Eve.
My friend Audrey came into town, so we got to go to a New Years Eve Eve (the night before New Years Eve) dance. We got ready and had a blast!
We spent our New Years Eve day shopping! We got some killer deals at Plato’s Closet. It was awesome, to say the least. I really like Plato’s Closet, because you get awesome stuff for a ridiculously cheap price! For a penny-pincher like myself, that is good. 🙂
After shopping, a bunch of kids in my youth group at church came over for a party. We played Dance Central on my little brother’s new Kinect, and then we played Curses, which is a really fun card game.
From left to right: Audrey, myself and Ana.
Audrey and I playing Dance Central on the Kinect. She obviously thought something was funny. 😛
All of us playing Curses. Afterwards, we watched a movie called Rocketman. It’s a tradition in our family and we’ve watched it every year for the past 10 years. It’s hilariously stupid, and we love it. We finished the movie and rung in the new year together, shouting and hugging. It was great fun.
Oh, and here are some pictures of me in my new dresses. 😀
Well, this has been a long, but good, post. I’ve shared a lot of thoughts with you guys, and I’m eager to hear your feedback. 🙂
Thanks for reading!