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Long time, no catch up. I hope your weekend is off to a great start.

I started 2015 by sharing my intention to slow down. While I never slowed to a pace that felt just right, I did manage to refocus my priorities somewhat and get some things off my plate. I was feeling like things were fast-paced but not frantic. And that was a step in the right direction.

Then everything changed again. (Like life always does…the one constant is change, right?) And recently I’ve been feeling a bit out of balance. Like starting work at 6 a.m. and not shutting down my laptop until after 10 p.m. with the anxious feeling that it will never all get done and not having time for personal stuff like errands and workouts. (Which is not a good feeling for me and also not good for my relationships.)

But instead of going down the vortex of oh my god out of control busy again, I’m committed to making some serious decisions about time management and where I’m focusing my energy. The most valuable asset that we have is our time. I want to continuously evaluate what I’m doing and where I am to make sure that I’m using my time to do the things that bring me the most fire and reward.

More on that to come but let’s catch up on the last week…with food and golden retriever pictures…as usual!

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Banana egg white oatmeal.

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Really different and delicious smoothie from Berrybrook here in Charlotte. I hadn’t been there in forever! It was the Maneesh. I always love how they put nuts in their smoothies instead of nut butters. It’s a nice way to change up the texture.

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Salad with spinach, strawberries, toasted spiced pecans, deli chicken, hard boiled egg, avocado, cucumber, feta and balsamic.

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Perfect pressed wrap.

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Another salad with much of the same ingredients plus tomatoes and arugula.

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Salmon with roasted broccoli and pine nut couscous.

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Bone-in spiced chicken with shredded brussels sprouts and bacon and roasted butternut squash.

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Italian pesto marinated chicken breasts with steamed kale and sauteed portobello.

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Friday night cheese plate.

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It’s been rainy in Charlotte for the last five days. This is how we all feel about that. But seriously…my poor house. So much mud and dirt. And poor dogs. Zoey is losing her mind.

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This is how I’ve been ending my long days. Before bed I get in the floor and have family cuddles with the pups. It’s pretty amazing.

How are you doing on your New Year’s intentions/resolutions/goals?

What action do  you take when things start to feel out of balance?

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