New Years Resolutions

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2013 is almost here and I’ve done some serious soul-searching about what I want out of the new year. I have always loved making (and trying to keep!) New Years Resolutions, and will be sharing them in some upcoming blog posts.

All of the individual changes I will be making will hopefully add up to one larger resolution. Balance. This past year has been an amazing blur as Milk & Honey found its footing. Now that the first year is over (and the experience that comes with it is under my belt), I feel better suited to begin nurturing myself again. There will still be many nights that I’m in the studio past midnight, and most work weeks will still run over 65 hours. I really don’t even mind that part, crazy as it sounds! But I know now that the entire company won’t come crashing down if I take a few evenings a week to resume my yoga practice. I have enough confidence in my customer service that I trust I won’t lose my client base if I am unreachable on a Sunday afternoon while at the park with the kids. Things are still moving full steam ahead with the shop (some pretty exciting announcements to come, actually!), and I have no intention of ever scaling back. Quite the opposite. I simply want to add back aspects of my life that took a back seat for the past 12 months.

These aspects are fairly simple. Healthy, nourishing meals. Regular yoga. Outings with the children. Reconnecting with old friends. (I set up a coffee date with an amazing woman I’ve known since I was 13, but who I haven’t seen in over a year. We have one of those friendships where we can always pick back up like no time has passed. But aren’t friendships like that worth not letting the time pass to begin with?).

In the wake of the Holiday Rush, I had a few days to breathe deeply and introspect. Then I went back into the studio and created some of the best pieces of work I’ve made in two months. The connection is obvious, but it took me a moment to see that taking care of myself and my family directly improves my work-life as well. So, in the name of balance, I hope to share some fun blog posts over the next few months including exploring new eating habits, returning to yoga and discovering local adventures with Nate and Lilly. I might even find a thing or two to say about friendship (such as if they aren’t bringing you joy (or worse, make you feel bad), they probably aren’t friendships at all, but acquaintanceship in disguise), and hopefully discover some tips on how to juggle full-time work, full-time marriage, full-time motherhood and still find time for a glass of Malbec with a great friend.

2 Comments on New Years Resolutions

  1. Janie
    January 7, 2013 at 6:20 pm (5 years ago)

    Sarah – I love your products and creativity…..but I’m really interested in your pursuit of a balanced life. And your New Year’s Resolutions! Keep posting this info please!

    Could you share your “recipe” for the morning lemonwater/vinegar drink?

    Janie

  2. milkandhoneyluxuries
    January 8, 2013 at 8:10 am (5 years ago)

    Thank you so much Janie! The vinegar drink is really simple (it has to be or I’d never bother with it before my morning caffeine fix!). I leave bottles of spring water out, so that they are room temperature (it’s easier to gulp and not such a shock to your system first thing in the morning). Every morning I fill a glass of water, then squeeze in half a lemon. To that I add two tablespoons of Braggs apple cider vinegar. I’m sure there are other brands that have “The Mother”, but Braggs is cheap and readily available at Whole Foods, so that’s what we’ve been using. They describe The Mother on their website: “The mother is the dark, cloudy substance in the ACV formed from naturally occurring pectin and apple residues – it appears as molecules of protein connected in strand-like chains. The presence of the mother shows that the best part of the apple has not been destroyed. Vinegars containing the mother contain enzymes and minerals that other vinegars may not contain due to overprocessing, filtration and overheating.”
    I was skeptical about the benefits, so I did what any skeptic would do- I went looking for something to prove me right and prove Ryan wrong. But I actually couldn’t find anything telling me not to drink it, and many peer-reviewed studies saying that it really is a good addition to the diet. Web MD has some links to the scientific benefits. Look forward to talking to you again! Thanks for writing.
    Best Wishes,
    Sarah