I am probably the most impatient person you will ever meet and couldn’t find any reason to wait seventeen days to start her New Year’s Resolutions with the rest of the world, so I elected to start today and to commemorate each promise to myself with a bracelet from Laurel Denise
I discovered my first Laurel Denise bracelet when I was in Jackson Hole on a road trip around Wyoming a few years ago.
Since then, I have become a major fan and my collection has grown to four.
Before you go off thinking that I spent a bourgeois Jackson penny on these, I didn’t, each one was $24 and if you’re lucky, you’ll hit a sale from Laurel and snag these for as low as $18 (check her out right around Black Friday for her “Buy Three Get One Free” deal … great for Christmas time)!
And before all of you toddler-sized-wrist people start thinking, “Great! Another cute bracelet I can’t wear because it will fly off with the first eccentric arm flail!”, it won’t.
I literally never wear bracelets because my wrists are so small that the people at the water park who put those paper bands around your wrist literally laugh at me. Each of Laurel’s bracelets is 7.25” in length and has a great amount of adjustability for a wrist of any size.
Laurel Smith is the owner and creative director of Laurel Denise, a small business ran out of Charlottesville, Virginia, and her Instagram page is too cute to boot. She started her business in 2005 after having a dream that she was using unfamiliar tools and materials to create beautiful glass pieces featuring her handwriting and original drawings. And unlike most of us, who would let that dream slip out of memories while thinking, “Huh, that was weird”, she took is as a sign from the universe and created her own new path in life.
Each item in her shop is meant to remind women of their hearts and what they cherish most in life. Her handmade jewelry, home goods, and accessories are meant to encourage, inspire, and serve as a beautiful reminder to press on in difficult times and to treasure every moment and every day.
Laurel believes in decaf almond milk lattes and reading the latest fiction novel, encouragement over competition, celebrating each moment with her two daughters, and she prides herself on selling kind, joyful, honest products.
Each of my bracelets serves as a different reminder of the four resolutions I have set for myself as I move forward with this new project, new year, and new parenthood chapter in my life.
A resolution to try new things, travel to new places, face fears as they appear in my life, and get out and do more, see more, and be more.
Above All, Kindness
A resolution to celebrate the community of local businesses and small shops around me and fight for the causes that I believe in.
All You Need is Love
A resolution to appreciate my friends, family, and friends who have become family.
Though She Be But Little, She is Fierce
A resolution to work towards my Dopey Challenge goal every day by getting sweaty, getting dirty, and getting healthy.
The Dopey Training
Speaking of Dopey Training … Today was Day One of getting my butt in gear.
Don't get it twisted.
Just because I was somehow able to run 13.1 miles back in February, running any distance today, especially with the very real lack of endurance that pregnancy brings is completely dreadful. Not to mention running in my she-shed-turned-home-gym is nothing like running through the Magic Kingdom no matter the amount of Christmas lights and Disney movies I play while I’m in there.
I grew up dancing ballet, so running on a treadmill will never be as much fun as dancing Waltz of the Flowers. It just won't.
On most occasions, I eat like a truck driver.
I had to do a Wall Sit during my strength training workout today and, literally, couldn’t last 8-seconds without needing a break.
It was the first day in weeks that I took either of my dogs for a walk because it’s officially Winter in Wisconsin and, in the Winter, I am constantly in a Joey “Could I BE Wearing Any More Clothes??” situation.
And if we’re being really honest here (which I kind of the point of this place, I suppose), even though my doctor always supported my staying active during my pregnancy and even though I’ve always known running the Disney Princess Half Marathon didn’t cause my miscarriage, I have always been nervous to lace up my sneakers and hit the road again.
Approved (and encouraged!) by my doctor, I spent the day creating my own, very slow-paced, half marathon training program that incorporates lots of walking, yoga, and strength-training. And by slow-paced, I mean that for the remaining week of December, I am only setting the goal to run half of a mile only three or four days per week.
I want to take my time, especially over the next several months, to allow my body the grace it needs to protect Baby Girl before she arrives in this great big world.
Once she has made her debut, I want to set realistic training goals to take care of my body and mind as I adjust to this new and amazing chapter in my life.
Great things are accomplished by taking one step at a time, focusing on progress over perfection, and celebrating small accomplishments in the face of adversity - so even though I only ran 0.5 miles today and felt like my a** was going to fall off when I was doing squats, I knew I had made quite a big accomplishment by lacing up my sneaks again.
And I’ll remember that accomplishment every time I have to hobble up the stairs for the rest of the day.