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01 January, 2012

January 1, 2012

It’s a brand new calendar year and I am feeling a bit adrift these days.  2011 was a hard year, one full of growth and of loss.  I’m spending today, this first day, focusing on what I want to concentrate my energies on in 2012.  Creative endeavors/work, family and friends, and cultivating better health– those are my top 3.  My hope is that by focusing on these areas some of the other, more confusing, pieces of my life will fall into place.  It seems fitting that, after a holiday filled with many of my very nearest and dearest, I should start two new projects on 01 January, 2012.

First, this morning I met up with my friend Chloe for a fun shoot for her blog, The Style Project. This was my first ever fashion shoot, and I had a blast.  Even though it was freezing, with 20+ mph winds, Chloe got her style on and we braved the Wisconsin outdoors for a new year’s day shoot that leaves me excited for more.  Look for more of my photography on her site in the weeks and months to come!

 

Today also marks the beginning of the 30 Day Kombucha Challenge!  I’ve been sponsored by the fab ladies at NessAlla Kombucha and will be drinking kombucha every day for the next 30 days.  I’ve written more about what exactly kombucha is in this post, where I also have some pictures of NessAlla’s magical brew.  The aim of the challenge is to see how drinking this probiotic filled beverage every day changes my health.  Maybe it won’t do anything, or maybe it will make a world of difference… Either way, I’ll be documenting the entire month here on My Year of Food!

Here I am with my first bottle of challenge bootch! Flavor: Elderflower Lemon Balm

I’m planning on adding a little more structure to my blog by starting a new challenge each month.  I’m not sure what February’s will be just yet… so if you have any suggestions, or know of any cool community events that are going on, let me know!

I hope everyone had a wonderful end to 2011, and that 2012 started out on a high note. I’ll leave you with the T.S. Elliot new year’s quote  that sums up my current state of mind.

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”

Cheers,

Stephanie

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 1, 2012 5:06 pm

    Stephanie,

    I think your top 3 are excellent! You have inspired me to consider what my top 3 should be for 2012. In fact starting my blog was a challenge for me as you can see on my About page. I’ve decided to follow your blog to see how your challenge goes!

    Good luck!

    Rhys

    • January 1, 2012 5:10 pm

      Hi Rhys,
      Thank you! Can’t wait to hear about your top 3. 🙂
      Cheers,
      Stephanie

  2. January 3, 2012 11:01 am

    love you! i think these are fantastic goals, and i just checked out chloe’s blog – your photos are GORGEOUS! you are amazing. let’s make it a resolution to hang out more in 2012, mmmkay?

    • January 3, 2012 12:19 pm

      Thanks Holly! I think hanging out with your fabulous self is definitely on my “MUST” list for 2012. Congrats on another awesome TV seg too!

  3. January 10, 2012 12:46 pm

    What a great start to the New Year! Hope it’s a great one. Have you tried the Peach Blush booch yet? Yum!!!!!!!!!!

    • January 10, 2012 2:02 pm

      I think that’s the flavor I’ve got now… and it is delicious! Do you have any other favorite flavors?

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