Best of 2014 Recipe Roundup!

Happy New Years Eve!

I love this time of year. Really, I love any new beginning. Any opportunity for a fresh start. To reevaluate. To start over. To feel envisioned and empowered again. It is necessary to go through re-evaluation periods like the end of the year in order to continue moving forward, feeling excited and ready to conquer!

Here are a few things I’m doing to get ready for 2015:

1. Reading journals from 2014. Asking myself the questions – What did God do? How did I change? Where did I grow? Etc.

2. Asking God for words and scriptures for 2015. This is currently the main scripture I have for the upcoming year:

3-5 There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! [Hebrews 5]

3. Looking at accomplishments. I realize I’ve been walking in a lot of disappointment about my running journey this year. Injury, not reaching my marathon goal, etc. Then I took some time to recognize all that I HAVE accomplished this year, and all of the sudden it changed everything. I ran 2 10Ks and 3 half marathons. I got a PR on my half marathon time of 1:48. I ran 18 miles, the farthest I’ve ever run, at a Boston marathon qualifying pace. These are all things I never thought I could do! It makes me grateful and thankful for the opportunity, and less focused on my lack. This is way more empowering than going into the New Year carrying disappointment!

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4. Dreaming for 2015. I have this new training journal that I got for Christmas and I LOVE it!! I’ve been spending time asking questions about what I would do if I weren’t afraid. Where do I want to be at the end of 2015? How do I get there?

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5. Making room for those goals. What do I say no to in order to make these goals happen? What motivates me to reach my goals? How can I remind myself of these things?

Here are some of my goals this year:

  • Get healthy again (mind, spirit, body).
  • Press in more to my husband, family, and community.
  • Start running again and be smarter in my training by not pushing my pace like I did this past year, and also incorporating a lot more strength training.
  • Run the Miracle Match Half Marathon in January.
  • Run the Bearathon in March with a friend from work.
  • Write a Kitchenspired eBook.

I also downloaded this free #JanuaryJumpStart2015 printable to get me back into some healthy rhythms this January. The goal is to earn 10 points per day! I love it because the focus is on making small healthy choices throughout the day that add up, rather than pounds lost. You can download it for free here!


What are your goals for the New Year? What do you do to get envisioned for the New Year? What works for you?

Here were the top Kitchenspired recipes of 2014! Have you checked them out yet?

21DSD Pumpkin Chocolate Chia Seed Mousse



 Winter Chorizo Sweet Potato Soup



Walnut & Basil Crusted Chicken



Double Chocolate Espresso Muffins



Salted Caramel Almond Butter Cups



21DSD Pizza Crust & Sauce


Easy Bacon-Crusted Quiche

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Pumpkin Blackberry Pancakes


Be inspired,




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