one word of the year

hi. long time…no blog.

I know, I know. Who is this stranger in our lives who arbitrarily chooses to leave and not let us know? Oh, and only keeps us informed through random pictures on Instagram. Ya. that would be me. I’m that blogger who could give you the excuse that something had to “give”. BUT, I’m not going to because I believe that’s a really crappy excuse and you guys deserve better than that.

In honesty? I’ve been pretty sick. Not like “OMG I’m dying kind of sick” or “I need to stay in bed sick”, but more like “I feel like crap” sick. It all started in early October right after I received my flu shot. Mid-October I saw the doctor and he prescribed some antibiotics. 14 days later and I was still ill. Coughing up a lung and sounding like a smoker. I was out of options and wasn’t about to go on another dose of antibiotics. So, I went back to my supplements, green smoothies, and healed myself. 1 week later, I had my Remicade Infusion which depleted my immune system and I started this STUPID cycle all over again. I should’ve known better. I’ve been on this drug for almost 15 years and I really, really should know better. I always get sick around this time of year. The little buggies like me and stick like glue when I don’t properly rest or get enough exercise. So, I’m taking my own advice because I skipped my latest Remicade Infusion so I could heal. Currently, I’m 14 days behind but I’m hoping I can get in within the week. So, if you don’t mind…I’m going to move on. Phew!

2014 was absolutely spectacular. The cats officially joined our new home in Massachusetts, I got to see my “English” family and celebrate my father-in-law’s wedding. I traveled all over Italy for 10 beautiful days, experiencing new things, learning about history, and tasting new foods. I ran over 250 miles in a single year, fund-raised the highest amount I ever have for the Arthritis Foundation. I also celebrated 13 years of friendship with my husband and our 10 year anniversary of us meeting face-to-face. My sister came to see me over Thanksgiving break and we explored Boston. I met some new blogger friends, went out on a girls night, grew stronger friendships, got off another 2 medications, and lost 10 pounds.

Can I just say that 2015…YOU’RE GOING TO ROCK! But, instead of writing down a list of resolutions like I have done over the last three years, I want to explore a new-to-me concept. Picking one word that represents what you want to accomplish for 365 days. You act on this word. This word inspires and motivates you. It drives you to try, cry, and maybe even change. It picks you up when you’re down and gives purpose.

And although I haven’t written much over the last two months, I’ve thought a lot about it. I even started to incorporate a little more of it into my life to see if it was actually possible and a good fit. I knew 2015 was quickly approaching and I wanted to pick something meaningful. After all, I’m going to be stuck with it for 365 days and I’d really like to incorporate this word into my life and share the ups and downs on this blog.

So, ladies and gentlemen, my word for 2015 is…minimalism If the last two months have taught me anything, it’s the fact I need to keep my life well, simple.

First, for the last 6 months, Mr. P and I have truly minimized our bad eating habits. The benefit of changing our eating and cooking habits to a more minimalistic and holistic approach is the FACT that I’ve reduced the number of medications I’m on, and the number of beauty products I use or require. It also takes LESS time.

Second, I realized I own a lot of nick-knacks and they collect dust; I’m done buying something just because. I just don’t have time to dust every single weekend. Nor do I want too!

Third, I have a lot of clothes and I don’t need or wear all of the clothing I own. I’m inspired by Caroline’s blog, Un-Fancy with her wardrobe capsule and only using 37 items. Although I was petrified of this option several months ago, I’m finding relief in this idea.

And, finally, I’d rather save as much money as possible to travel. 2014 truly taught me the importance of traveling and how good it is for me. My soul is free, my heart sings, and I feel alive.

I truly feel that this new word ~ minimalism~ is going to be the most challenging, difficult, strange, complex, and most satisfying resolution I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to share my journey.

2015, let’s do this.

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Walk to Cure Arthritis in Boston


Hello? Hello??? Is anyone out there???????

Oh good. 🙂 Let’s just ignore the fact that I haven’t been around or blogging and just continue going forward, MMMkkkk???

The Walk to Cure Arthritis in Boston was Sunday, 9/14 and it was FANTASTIC! My first one in Boston since I moved 18 months ago and I had a great time. Here’s a little recap. 🙂





We raised over $200,000 and had over 900 people registered online before Sunday. We’re still waiting for the final numbers to come in, but I think we had well over 1500 people there!



IMG_0119 Massage Envy was there and I’m looking forward to getting my massage today for the Healing Hands for Arthritis event. Don’t forget, for every massage received on Wednesday, 9/17, $10 will go towards the Arthritis Foundation to find a cure. 🙂


We had an amazing food tent. Odd Fellows and Rebekahs provided hot dogs, chips, and water for lunch to all the walkers. I picked up an orange, a banana, and a Whole Foods 365 Granola Bar while I was there too. Oh and let’s not forget the Green Smoothies from b.Good! YUM!



and let’s not forget about one of our special guests…


Wally from the Red Sox! It was awesome to meet him, especially since I went to my first Red Sox game only a few days prior!

But one of the things we implemented this year was the Cutest Dog Contest.


We had the most dogs we’ve ever had at the Walk to Cure Arthritis – Boston and had over 100 people vote on the cutest dog!  Here’s our cute “Arthritis is RUFF” tent. 🙂IMG_0104



7 years as a volunteer and PROUD OF IT! IMG_0146


If you didn’t get a chance to donate before Sunday, no problem. We’re still accepting donations. To donate, click on this link:

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