Spasiba 2014!

In honor of #tbt I took a look back on 2014 and laughed and smiled at all the things I have done.  I have met new friends, strengthened others and completed some goals!  Here are just some of my main squeezes…

friends

2014 started out pretty amazing as I celebrated my 35th birthday with important friends and family.  For those of you who closed down the bar with us, the party didn’t stop there (Neptune ballet)…  Who knew I would meet a new friend there and would have many memories throughout the year (ahem, Bar A in AC, Irish car bombs, etc etc)

liz knipper friends

The Spring brought on awesome outings with new said friends as well as a great trips with my Mom.  The first was up to the city to visit my bro on St. Patrick’s Day.  My first time at the parade and at The Tonight Show.  If you have an opportunity to do these things – do it!  You won’t regret it!

st patricks day

We also traveled to Miami to visit my family.  I had an awesome visit with my cousin who gave me a tour of the upper Keys via boat bar hopping – the best method!

keys

Memorial Day Weekend was also a start to a big goal of mine; to complete the Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix (running five specific races over the summer).  During this time I completed two 5-milers and three 5Ks.  My favorite was the Spring Lake 5.  The crowd was awesome and the weather was perfect.

spring lake 5 finish line

As the summer came to a close my family and I were off to the beautiful state of Colorado to celebrate my cousin’s wedding at 11k+ feet on Keystone Mountain.  It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen and to celebrate two people who make each other very happy was the icing on the cake.  The Rocky Mountains were crazy cool – GO!

pat staceyrocky mountains 2014
The cold weather started to close in which meant it was time to get out of Jersey.  My travel buddy and I took an amazing trip to Punta Cana where we had the time of our lives.  We met great new friends from Latvia, Newark and Pittsburgh!  I wonder what we’ll do next year!

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Lastly, and most importantly, we celebrated my Grandmother’s 94th birthday.  How lucky are we that my Grandmother is not only still with us to celebrate the holidays but she’s sharp, funny and is still able to live on her own.  We had a great day with all the grandkids to celebrate how much we love her!  Nine grandkids and four greats – amazing!

gma 94

 

Looking back on all of these amazing memories makes me wonder if 2015 will top it.  Who knows what goals I will create but as long as I have these good people around me I say YES!  Wishing you all the best in 2015 – hope to see you out there! Nostrovia!

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Happy 100!

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It’s the end of 2013 which is a good time to reflect on what has happened and where I’m going. First off, this is my 100th blog. I never thought I had 100 blogs in me let alone people who continue to follow. So, thank you to all of you who read my blog! I love reading your comments and especially the messages of encouragement.

With that said, I am somewhat of a marketing nerd and want to please the masses so I do look at the analytics/trends of my blog. I’ve found it most interesting that the most read blogs are those having to do with sad topics and online dating (which in itself is sad!). If there is anything you want me to talk about, let me know. I’m fairly open and willing to share my experiences with you!

Here are some stats:

  • Most read blog: “Do I Have the Strength To Go On” with over 200 readers
  • My blog has been viewed 8,000 times since March 2013
  • 88 Subscribers
  • Lbs. lost since March: 25
  • Sizes Down: 2

What I’ve learned in 2013:

  • Focusing on my goals and achieving them quiets the noise of disappointment
  • You can accomplish way more than you think you can
  • Eating healthy doesn’t always taste good but the feeling is worth it
  • Expect to fail because that’s when we learn the most
  • Have fun or it’s not worth it

My goals for 2014:

  • Completing the Bolder Boulder 10K in Boulder, CO
  • Getting back to Sunday meal prep.  For tips, Google it or check out Pinterest!
  • Continue to make my overall health a priority.
  • Remember what I learned in 2013!

I hope you continue this journey with me but most importantly, have fun!