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January 1, 2014

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I hope this image taken by my hubby didn’t misguide you to think this would be a health post. I definitely had every intention to use it as such! The morning of our photo shoot/workout at the park turned out to be a complete different experience that our family enjoyed so much. It gave Jose and I yet a different outlook as parents, and I’m taking that memory with me into 2014.

For many, a healthy lifestyle tops this new year’s resolution list. For others, a job promotion, travel and finding love are main goals for the year. Some people may just like to repeat last year’s resolutions with the hope of really following through this time. I like to think that the beginning of January is always a time to reflect and to think about how we would like our lives to change for the better (or just tweak it a bit). I like setting new goals for myself every single year.

Those who know me, know that I am not complacent or still. Ever. I like to try new things and live new experiences. I’m proud to say that I have done so much in my life that when I look back at old photographs or talk about a distant memory, it feels like I lived several different lives already. Therefore, watching other people experience something great in their personal lives inspires me and truly makes me happy.

A friend of mine is vacationing with her family and extended family in the Dominican Republic and she posted on Facebook something that stuck with me these past few days. She wrote, “As I get older, I realize life is about experiences and not about what one owns.” Her pictures show beautiful sunsets, clear water, her handsome boys, hugs with her sister, mother and husband. I know she is living a beautiful life because I know she sets out to do so. I bet she lives every single day with a purpose. She exudes happiness but most importantly, gratitude. We can all see it and it’s moving.

As we reflect on the most goal-setting day of the year,  let’s think of the experiences we will create for ourselves and our loved ones. My kids will remember few very special toys for the rest of their lives, but I hope that they will always remember what we did together and how we made special occasions exactly that…simply special.

What experiences do you hope to build for your family this year? Please share!

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8 Comments

  • Reply Carmen January 1, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Betty thank you for being so wonderful it’s friends and the people that surround us that makes us who we are! Big huge hugs Amiga!

    • Betty
      Reply Betty January 6, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you for inspiring this post Carmen. I meant everything I said! xoxo
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  • Reply Linda Ornelas January 1, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    I’m all about experiences and love. That’s a beautiful read Betty. I’m sure Jose and you are truly blessed, it shows in many ways.

    I plan to bring family game night into our lives with No electronic devices allowed. And commingling kids with adults.

  • Reply Nina January 2, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I’ve read several studies now (of course I can’t remember which ones to reference here lol!) that said people are far more satisfied with “experience” gifts than material gifts. For instance, give someone a laptop and they’ll love it… for a few weeks, until they’ll eventually just toss the laptop on the bed forgetting the initial bliss. Whereas if you treat someone to a nice dinner, they’ll likely remember that dinner with fondness because the memories will always hold something fresh and positive for them. I’ll give my husband material gifts once in a while, but we usually tend to do experience gifts, and often just treat ourselves to something cool instead of exchanging gifts, for Valentine’s or our anniversary for instance.
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    • Betty
      Reply Betty January 6, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      So true! I def. agree Nina! I like the idea of doing this with the spouse. Give us some ideas please! xoxo
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  • Reply Marlene Super Mama Latina Blog January 3, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    GREAT experiences from #2013 we have to remember, and my best moments of #2013 were the vacations I took with my family in Kansas city, Worlds of Fun See my kids happy was awesome as mom! Happy New Year #2014
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    • Betty
      Reply Betty January 6, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      I’m so glad, Marlene! More to come for 2014! xoxo
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