Hi everyone! Meaghan and I opted to take a blogging break over the Christmas season, and my goodness, has it ever been a great break! We’ve found the time to really indulge in some of our most favourite things (family time, reading time, exercising time…), but as 2014 draws nearer I’m noticing that some of our favourite bloggers are starting to come out of their week long hibernation and it’s been nice to have some fresh inspiration and reading material from them.  Meaghan is currently in travel mode so she won’t be posting for a few more days, but I’m in a place with internet access so I thought I’d update you all with photos of how successful my break has been so far!

First of all, check out our current view! If this isn't relaxing, rejuvenating and inspiring...I don't know what is.  My husband's family lives on this lake and we are spoiled because we get to come here at least twice per year.
First of all, check out our current view! If this isn’t relaxing, rejuvenating and inspiring…I don’t know what is. My husband’s family lives on this lake and we are spoiled because we get to come here at least twice per year.
We got to celebrate Christmas with my family, who came to Victoria to be with us.  So much fun!
We got to celebrate Christmas with my family, who came to Victoria to be with us. So much fun!
We went for a family skate, thanks to my lovely friend, Tanya, and her family, who rent out the entire rink on Christmas Eve every single year! This was the first time Joel had been skating since 1996...sorrows of a man with size 15s.
We went for a family skate, thanks to my lovely friend, Tanya, and her family, who rent out the entire rink on Christmas Eve every single year! This was the first time Joel had been skating since 1996…sorrows of a man with size 15s.
My parents know how to give gifts! Although my dad joked that this was really a white board when it was all wrapped up, I knew it had to be something better :) I love this piece of art where it currently is in our home.
My parents know how to give gifts! Although my dad joked that this was really a white board when it was all wrapped up, I knew it had to be something better 🙂 I love where this piece of art currently is in our home.
Ummm...we're models.
Ummm…we’re models.
Basking in some snowy, outdoor goodness up here in the Okanagan.  We don't get snow in Victoria.
Basking in some snowy, outdoor goodness up here in the Okanagan. We don’t get snow in Victoria.
I've been doing a whole lot of this...
I’ve been doing a whole lot of this…
I also have been (slowly) getting back into running.  My running this fall has been slow going because I am not a master at the work-life balance, and because I've been dealing with some hip injuries.  I know my pace is slow, but I don't care...it just feels good to be out running again!
I also have been (slowly) getting back into running. My running this fall has been slow going because I am not a master at the work-life balance, and because I’ve been dealing with some hip injuries. I know my pace is slow, but I don’t care…it just feels good to be out running again! Note: I am a well trained athlete, keeping notes of things that might impact my performance, such as “mint lasted 4k”…important!
And Meaghan and I have been setting some BHAGs over text message.  BHAG - Big hairy Audacious Goal.   Thanks to my favourite company, lululemon, for coining that term! More BHAGs in vision board form coming next week!
And Meaghan and I have been setting some BHAGs over text message. BHAG – Big Hairy Audacious Goal. Thanks to my favourite company, lululemon, for coining that term! More BHAGs in vision board form coming next week!

It’s just started to snow up here at the lake again, so I better go get my run in while I still can.  This break has had nothing to do with teaching and everything to do with recalibrating, which is exactly what I wanted and needed.  Happy New Year, see you all in 2014!

Karley