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Christmas Break Has Started!

Starting tomorrow, I have absolutely no work or jobs for the next 2 weeks.

Time to stand on my head and get CRAZY!

To say that I am excited is the understatement of the CENTURY. I am SO pumped.

We drove to Kentucky land yesterday to attend a VERY special event.

This beautiful girl (who I nannyed for when she was 3!) was a harpist and performer in Louisville’s “The Christmas Carol.”

She had a harp solo and it was magical! (She actually named her harp “Sally Anne.” Um, best Christmas gift I have ever received! ) She was a flower girls in my wedding and I truly feel like she is the little sister I never had. Chase loves her, too!

Watching the “Christmas Carol” always puts me in the holiday spirit. All of the carols and Christmas trees were so jolly and festive!

So. Much. Fun.

Mumsie tried to get the top of the GINORMOUS tree in the picture, but had to take another one.  Sadly, no luck–it was just THAT tall.

Today has been a wonderful blend of productivity, and relaxation. I have been finishing up my work while also trying to enjoy time with family. I have been going so quickly and working so many jobs lately that today has felt completely strange. I keep thinking that I am forgetting to do something or be somewhere. Does anyone else have trouble fully adjusting to “vacation” mode?

Tomorrow we head to St. Louis to visit Chase’s side of the family and then we will return to Kentucky on Christmas Eve.


With the non-step schedule, my goal is to savor every moment, yet also blend some normalcy into each day.  I have four mini goals that I hope to achieve during this vacation time so that I feel great and truly enjoy every second.


1)      Run as often as possible:


So far I have run each morning. I hope to keep up this streak as it helps me get the ants out of my pants with all the driving we are doing. Also, it makes me feel vital and nourished, both body and soul.


2)      Eat as Paleo as possible:



I try to approach the holidays with flexibility because I want to have fun, but I don’t want to be crazy strict. Chase is actually trying to eat Paleo for the next 2 weeks, so it will be wonderful to have a Paleo buddy.  It is actually surprisingly easy to eat paleo anywhere. We have been ordering or preparing lots of meat and veggies, so we have stayed on track and there have been no stomachaches—holler!


3)      Sleep well!

With the chaos of my work schedule, I am severely sleep deprived. My goal is to get GREAT rest. During the holidays, I often sacrifice sleep in favor of trying to cram in 2000 activities each day–not this time!


4)      Stay hydrated:

For some reason, whenever I travel, I forget to drink water. However, I always feel so much better and healthier when I am well hydrated.


Do you have any mini holiday goals to keep you healthy, wealthy, and wise over the holidays.


About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

17 responses »

  1. Yayyyy!!! Woohoo for Christmas break .. I hope all your plans come true 🙂

  2. She is adorable! Isn’t it so weird to see the kids that you knew as toddlers all grown up? It is for me! Enjoy your time off!!

  3. That’s so sweet!! How amazing that she’s a harpist, and I love the harp’s name. TOO CUTE!!!! That’s so fun that Chase is trying out paleo and being so supportive. I really am trying to STICK to my workouts during the holidays. I’ll be traveling to MN this week so it’ll be tougher without a gym in that frozen wasteland! lol

  4. My goal is to not go crazy with all the Christmas goodies. I tend to say, “OMG, I haven’t had that kind of cookie in a whole year, I need to eat 4 right now!” and that’s definitely a recipe for not feeling so great.

  5. That is so cool that you two went to see her perform! I bet you had chills when she had her solo- isn’t it crazy to watch them grow up so fast?!?! I can never believe that they are as old as they are. They two kids I nannied for were 4 & 2 when I started, next year the oldest will be in Jr High. How did that happen?!?!
    My plan is to stay true to myself and enjoy the time with family- spending as little time in a car as possible. Oooo, and to stay hydrated. You’re right!

  6. Yesss congrats on 2 weeks of bliss! What a lovely thing that you got to see her perform 🙂
    And great goals for the break! I like that you are going to stick with paleo but also with the thought that it’s okay to be a bit flexible. Tis the reason right?

  7. Yay congrats on reaching your vacation… just a few more days to go for me! Enjoy your time off!

  8. It’s adorable how much she must look up to you! Have a completely relaxing break, you totally deserve it!!

  9. First, I am so very jealous that you have two weeks off! I plan to stay as on track as possible with food which usually isn’t too hard for me. I’m going to allow myself a couple glasses of wine on Christmas eve, and then get right back to it on the 26th! 🙂

  10. My Christmas goals are definitely to go easy on the sugar – I’ve been overdoing it SO much recently!!! Forunately we are spending xmas with my mum so it will be nut roast, salads and salmon all round – Cant Wait!!!

    That little girl is very lucky to have such a kind and beautiful role model 🙂

  11. Aww, what a cool kid! If I were awesome enough to play the harp (which was, er, not actually offered in my elementary school’s music program!) I’d totally give it an awesome name, too.

  12. That is so nice you got to see her perform! Drinking water always helps me feel better too 🙂 Enjoy your break…3 more days with the kiddos for me and then it is time to relax!

  13. I hope you’re enjoying your vacation so far! 🙂 I agree with you on staying hydrated. I get in a bad habit of drinking only coffee and tea all day long. I can’t imagine how much better I would feel if I drank more water! My main goal is to sit back and just enjoy this time of the year! I’ve been working so hard in school I feel like I have missed out on some holiday fun with family and friends!

  14. Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog

    Enjoy your time off! I love being on break too. It’s the best. 🙂

  15. Those sound like my goals! Haha.

    What a sweet gesture from your “little sister” to name her harp after you! She’s adorable!

  16. Enjoy your time off!! I have very similar goals for the holiday, minus the paleo part 🙂 I’ve literally been sleeping 10 hours every night since i’ve been in connecticut.. i should probably stop. oops.

  17. Just found your blog… really cute! I love making mini-goals for myself, pretty much all year long. So much easier to stay motivated when you have something to work towards 🙂


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