What Ellen’s Lovin
What’s your #WordoftheYear?
A word of the year is like a New Year’s resolution but with a word or short phase it helps to bring in clarity and focus to what you want to create in your life. My #wordoftheyear for 2018 was More. More meant to me ~ MORE moments with my family & friends, MORE experiences, MORE opportunities for learning and growth. It was a up and down year with the word MORE.
Even the Oxford Dictionary has a Word of the Year – last year it was youthquake. A noun, and is defined as a ‘significant cultural, political or social change arising from the actions or influences of young people.’
If you want to share back with me your #wordoftheyear, tag @ellen_pruden on Twitter or @ellenpruden on IG and share your word. I will be sharing mine and checking in with my community over the year.
What Jenn’s Lovin
More Meals Together Around the Table
Winter is a time when I appreciate gathering around the table for meals. From my family of four on a weeknight to casual coffee table meals of charcuterie with friends to delicious meals out at one of the amazing restaurants in whatever location I happen to find myself. I love the chatter, the sharing, the stories – food nourishes the belly but it also nourishes the soul. Here’s to more meals together in 2019 and beyond!
What Lynn’s Lovin
Setting Goals and Challenges for the New Year
In January, like almost everybody else, I like to set goals and challenges for the New Year. Last year, inspired by my colleague Ellen Grueter, I challenged myself to exercise every day for at least 30 minutes. I could exercise longer if I wanted too, but 30 minutes was the minimum that I needed to be active each day to meet this personal challenge.
I know myself very well, and I knew that I needed to make it simple so that I could not possibly find an excuse to do it. I could go to a yoga or Pilates class, use a treadmill, walk the airport if I had too, or simply just go for a walk outside, but it had to be 30 minutes of exercise. When it was cold or even sometimes too hot, and really did not want to go outside, I reminded myself that a 30-minute walk is only 15 minutes one way and 15 minutes back home. There is no excuse out of a 1440-minute day to only be active for 30 minutes.
And guess what……. I did it!!!!!! I have exercised everyday for 30 minutes since Jan 1st, 2018. It is day 862 for Ellen – wow!
I am not going to say that there were many, and I mean many times, that I did not want to go, but I just made myself do it! And every day, I am grateful.
Let me know if you have found your challenge for 2019. To warm up after that walk, try this delicious soup from Chef Elia Herrara.
What Tanya’s Lovin
Soft & Cozy
January is the perfect month for soft, cozy things as a fabulous antidote to the Canadian winter waiting outside. Arm knitting is seeing a resurgence in popularity, so I pulled out one of my favorite projects from a few years ago to enjoy again.
The yarn colour is appropriately named Neapolitan, after the tri-cloured ice cream, but this eternity scarf is more than warm.
Stay cozy friends!
Eat Well…Ellen, Jenn, Lynn & Tanya