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It Was A Good Birthday!

38...How did that happen? Where did the year go? It disappeared is what it did and now it is time to move onto 38. 2 years away from 4-0...what the heck? I am not getting any younger. Life is flying by. And it is time to just do it. Live it. Experience it. Make it happen. Aggressive...Definitely! But I woke up on Wednesday morning feeling energized, refreshed, excited, and ready for the day and the year. I have not felt this in a while. Okay a really long time! I have felt a shift. I can sense a change. I can feel changes in me. Bring it ON! 

Birthday LOVE

Birthday Runs are NOT Always Fun - Typically I work out first thing in the morning, but I had errands to run and meetings to attend, so my birthday run was going to have to be later in the day. I was debating taking the day off, but I am stubborn and I wanted to tackle the run because it was beautiful out and I wanted to prove to my old body I could do it. Needless to say, that run kicked my butt. No watch and no music, it was a mental run with heavy legs, but I did it. And in the end, I am glad I did it, because I had to make room for that cherry pie and vanilla ice cream.

Birthday Run

Breakfast Bowls are MUCH Better with Oats - As of lately, I have been loving adding Quaker Oats Old Fashioned Oatmeal to my smoothies and yogurt bowls for added texture and added carbs. With the temperatures "sort of" warming up and adding more outdoor running to my training and itching to sign up for half marathons, this body needs more carbs! For so long, I never used to have them early in the day, but my training is changing, my nutritional goals are changing, and honestly it's time to kick those stupid "food rules" out the door this year! 

Birthday Breakfast Bowl

Celebrating with Family Means the WOLRD to Me - Nothing beats waking up on your birthday and having Mom coming down the stairs singing "Happy Birthday"! It happens every year and she does it for all of the kids and it is the best. We had a delicious dinner out and then celebrated at home with cherry pie and vanilla ice cream. It was just what I wanted. A lot of food...A very full belly...And being surrounded by loved ones is PERFECTION! No food pictures of that feast, because sometimes you just need to leave that device at home and share those moments with real talk. I will just tell you that I was in a food coma and went to bed with a VERY VERY full belly. Totally overdid it...whatever! 

Biggest Lesson That I Learned - I spent a lot of time over the past years always asking for people's opinions, hoping that they could give me direction and help me make those difficult decisions that I could not do on my own. Something clicked over the past couple of months. I stopped asking and I started doing. Doing what I wanted to do. It was a HUGE shift. And it is something I am going to continue to do this coming year. I can feel a new energy. I can feel a change in my confidence, my body, my outlook on dating, and how I am tackling my business. Living and learning friends and when you feel a monumental shift like this, to me it means only good things are to come! AMEN! 

Thank you to everyone who reached out to me on Wednesday! It means a lot to me and I appreciate all your love, support, and kind words! Cheers to being 38 and to a new year of endless possibilities, adventures, and new beginnings! XOXO

Thinking Out Loud - December

Winter is officially HERE! The shortest day of the year has come and gone and I can start getting a little bit happier about that extra minute of sunshine per day! Christmas is this weekend and I cannot wait to celebrate with my family. Time is flying. My days are busy and disappear a little bit too quickly. I have already been home for a week and not sure how that happened! There is a LOT happening these days, so grab a cup of coffee or tea and join me for a "Thinking Out Loud" post to close the week!

Nantucket Island

Back on the mat at Powerflow Yoga - LOVE coming back to this community of friends whenever I am back home in good old NJ! I look forward to these HOT, sweaty, and challenging practices as they are such a nice break from my workout routine on the island. I like to take a break from strength training and just focus on walking, running, and strengthening my core, my practice, and obviously stretching those very tight hips and hamstrings. And if you live in the NJ area they have 10 studios that you can choose from, so make sure to check them out and treat yourself or a loved one to some yoga classes! Give the gift of YOGA!

NuttZo has FINALLY reached 20K followers on Instagram and all the hard work is paying off! I am so grateful to work with this team of amazing people on a daily basis. But I am also grateful for all the brands and influencers that I have connected with and worked with since starting with NuttZo a few years ago. The NuttZo community is passionate, dedicated, hard-working, and obviously YES they are all just as obsessed with NuttZo as I am. The #NuttZoLOVE is for real!!! And make sure to click on this LINK and donate to Project Left Behind and you can receive a FREE downloadable NuttZo recipe ebook! 

Spending time with FAMILY is the BEST no matter how bat crazy we can drive each other! As you all know, I love coming home to NJ anytime of the year. It is fun to see old friends...Eat all my NJ favorite foods...And spend time with my Mom talking politics and binge-watching "House of Cards" and "The Affair". We've already done a lot of that so far and it is awesome. And yes there are those moments, but who doesn't have those moments. No family is perfect and that is okay. At least we know we are a little kookie and we can get over those bickering moments pretty quickly. I love all the craziness...the fun...the laughter...the food...and the feeling of just being home. Can you tell I am a home body?

Setting intentions for 2017 is REFRESHING! This quote sums up on one of my BIG ones that I have already started to practice. I plan on diving into this deeper as to what my intentions look like and what I am looking forward to. And of course, there is a podcast that goes along with it. 

"Sometimes you need to erase old connections in your life to build rooms for new ones. If someone's not making you grow, it is time to go..."

Note To Self - Keep my "Positive Patty Pants" ON! December has been a LONG month and there have been many speed bumps that have come my way. I am pooped. I have been fighting and constantly dreaming and scheming and planning and reaching out to help build my brand, but gosh darn it can be HARD and TIRING and STRESSFUL! But in the end, this is what I love to do and I am not going to give up. I have to stand up tall. I have to keep trucking. I have to keep fighting. Life is not perfect, but I am grateful, and I will stay positive going into the NEW year!

Don't put a comma when you need a period! #mandyhale

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Feeling so GRATEFUL for my family, friends, health, and the life that I am able to live! And that is all and that is what I will end on. Have a Merry Christmas friends and I will see y'all before the New Year!!! XOXO

Tell me your "Thinking Out Loud" thought is for December!