My 2014 Word of the Year is…

For the past three years, I’ve come up with one-word-themes as part of my New Year’s resolutions routine.  The one-word acts as a guiding force, throughout the year, to direct my decisions and focus.  The words, for the past three years, have been the following:

2011 – Staying Connected (cheated a little with two words!) – Focused on trying to stay connected to friends and family members who I previously lost touch with.

2012 – Evolution – Focused on grounding myself in my core beliefs and passions / hobbies and evolving from that foundation.

2013 – Creativity! – Focused on allowing myself to explore my creative tendencies.

– On a funny side note, as I read back through my Creativity theme for 2013, I noticed that I also posted that article on January 3rd.  It appears that I cannot break the habit of delayed resolutions.  For me, I’m lucky to complete my list by January 31st!  Perhaps, my one word theme for 2014 should be Productivity, Early Bird, or Getting Shii Done. –

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But, alas, it’s not.

One-word-themes are not unique in the blogging world.  In fact, I read a couple of other blog posts before coming up with mine.

But, it wasn’t until I read this article on the Huffington Post website, the other day, titled “There is Only One New Year’s Resolution You Need… Kindness,” that I found my word. KINDNESS!  Why, of course, one of my favorite projects from 2013 was the 31 Random Acts I performed in October (and early November).

In 2014, I want to continue the trend of giving to others.

In 2014, I want to remember all the good things in the world as opposed to all the tragedies.

So, here’s to a new year: the year of Kindness.  May it be simple, may it be humbling and may it be the exact direction my life needs.

*What is your one-word-theme for 2014?  One of my favorite sources of inspiration was reading back through the comments from last year.

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Guest Post: Thoughtful Gifts For the Extremely Active Man

Hi y’all!  I’m so excited to have Quinn from Healthy Living by Quinn over on the blog today!  Quinn contacted me about hosting a post on ideas for gifts to buy an active boyfriend / husband / close friend / family member.  I’m notorious for buying my holiday presents at the last minute so while I bought both my mom and sister’s Christmas gifts already, my mind blanked when thinking what to get my dad and brother.  Thank goodness Quinn visited today to help give me some ideas!  Let’s give her a big welcome!

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Buying a gift for a man can be challenging, and even more so when he’s extremely active. With the holiday season rapidly approaching, I start to think about what my husband would really appreciate and that supports his healthy lifestyle. I’ve come up with a few good ideas, and they would be suitable for any man who loves sports or who is a fitness fanatic. The following are five gift ideas that any active man will love.

Gym Membership

A simple but thoughtful gift that’s perfect for the cold weather is a gym membership. This idea is for guys who may enjoy outdoor activities, but spend more time indoors in the winter. Of course, going to the gym is beneficial in the warm weather as well. Choose a gym that’s convenient for him and pony up for an annual membership. This will give him a place to go to stay active and in shape all year round.

Pull-Up Bar

I was just reading an article that was saying that a couple of the best exercises for building strength are pull-ups and chin-ups. These are exercises many of us did in gym class years ago, but haven’t done as adults. Why not buy your man a pull up bar so he can do these very effective exercises at home? These are easy to install in a doorway or on a wall, depending on the type of unit you buy.

Golf Shoe Bag

If your husband is anything like mine, he loves golf. One very practical golf accessory that every player should have is a golf shoe bag (I actually found a high quality golf shoe bag on this site a few months ago). Think of all the mud that accumulates during a typical game. It’s much neater to have a bag with vents and a divider than to simply throw golf shoes in the trunk. The shoes will also dry out much faster in a golf shoe bag.

Filtered Water Bottle

Everyone knows that it’s important to drink plenty of water when you’re active. It’s also important that the water one drinks is clean and pure. One gift that helps with both of these concerns is a water bottle filter. This is both convenient and eco-friendly, as it means he won’t have to keep buying new bottles of water. It’s a way for him to save money and be sure of drinking pure water. This is also useful to have outdoors in case of emergency, when you might not know the purity of the water.

Free Weights

Free weights are a simple yet very effective way to work out. With weights, it’s possible to work out every muscle group and there’s no need for complicated machines. A good quality free weight set can last for many years, and it’s suitable for people of all levels of fitness.

The above are just a few good holiday shopping ideas for an active man. No matter what you end up buying him, try to choose something that he’ll be able to use regularly and that will help him pursue his physically active lifestyle.

Happy Hunting!