Hi! Hello! Happy 2018! Anyone else feeling a little bit like they are still exiting the holiday hangover? We might not have had a crazy Christmas, but we sent 2017 out with a bang by meeting up with some friends of ours in Scottsdale to ring in the new year. There was lots of fun, food, cocktails, an escape room, the spa, a golf course and loads and loads of laughs. It’s safe to say we made the most of the last few days of 2017 and we sure hope that 2018 brings lots more visits with the people we love so much. Before I dive into a full trip recap, I wanted to share a little bit about our life currently and what we have on tap for the rest of the month 🙂

Hiking Camelback - Scottsdale Arizona - Communikait by Kait Hanson

Starting Dane and I fell off the track majorly in the month of December in terms of our clean eating habits. There were date nights out, holiday treats, drinks with friends, Christmas cookies, and the list goes on… We enjoyed every single second of our holiday, but it’s time to stop feeling like shit and start eating right again. I’m keeping myself accountable with a few close friends who are doing a round of Whole30 and also checking in each day on Instagram. My biggest issue recently has been meal planning, which I used to be so good at, so I’m really determined to be successful in getting this wagon back on track! Although I must admit this frozen pomegranate margarita was SO tasty!

Frozen Pomegranate Margarita - Communikait by Kait Hanson

Hoping – That my 2018 horoscope is right. I love reading my horoscope – anyone else feel the same way? I don’t think it’s the end-all-be-all, but I definitely do think there’s some truth in the stars. Call me crazy, but when I re-read my 2017 horoscope on December 30th, it kind of sucked the air out of me! I’m also hoping that the weather here in Hawaii stays status quo and no more torrential downpours like we had the week of  Christmas. Yuck!

Scheduling – Blog posts and workouts. After the marathon, I got lax about my workout schedule and I really wish I wouldn’t have, but one of the things I’m working on for 2018 is giving myself grace. Not working out every single day can be OKAY. And also – my body needs rest! Sometimes my mind plays  tricks on me and makes me feel like I need a rigorous work out, where as going for a walk or hike would fit the bill, too. I’m also working on a bunch of new content here that I can’t wait to share 🙂

Reading Liane Moriarty’s “Truly Madly Deeply”….and I have been FOREVER! I’ll be honest, it’s driving my bonkers. I typically love her books and I really can’t get into this one. I can’t quite figure out why, but something about it really just doesn’t pique my interests like her others have. Any good recommendations for me? At this point, I’m ready to read the spoilers and dive into something else!

Playing – Spotify on repeat. Dane and I both pay for Spotify and we were just talking about how we feel like we aren’t necessarily getting our money’s worth, because we use it for runs or workouts, but don’t update it or get new songs or make new playlists nearly as often as we should. That changed 1/1! I created some new playlists, added new songs and have been enjoying the shuffle life on Spotify. Right now “Come And Get Your Love” by Redbone is playing on my “Oldies” playlist 🙂

What have you been up to?

Linking up with Anne.

December 27, 2017


  • I loved seeing two friends pop up together on Facebook when tagged in a photo 🙂 Sounds like a fab reunion trip! Bummer that you’re not loving Truly Madly Deeply – I did enjoy it quite a bit, but I know the feeling of not getting much reading done when you’re in the middle of a book that’s not doing it for you (my current situation too). At the end of the year 2 books I loved were Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and Little Fires Everywhere…

    • Okay you are the first person to tell me that you loved it and our reading tastes are similar so that gives me hope! Little Fires Everywhere is waiting for me on my nightstand, so now I’m tempted to say to hell with you Truly Madly Deeply…on with something I love. But part of me is also struggling because I HATE quitting. Ah well…the struggle! PS – can I get packed in your Palm Springs carry on?

  • TMD was my least favorite of hers. It felt like it just went on and on and onnnnnnnn.

    • I am on Chapter 4….in a month….and it’s going ON AND ON AND ON. WHY?!?!?

  • Tamara

    It took me probably 2 months to read Truly, Madly, Deeply. I just couldn’t get into it either. Check out the Spotify family subscription if you don’t have it already! Instead of you both paying $10 a month, you can pay $15 for both of you!

    • Tamara! You angel, you! I am totally cashing in on that Spotify deal. $5 per month saved is still $5 – adds up! THANK YOU! I’m glad I’m not alone with TMD…I think people either loved it or didn’t care for it!

  • Jen

    Yes! Our bodies need rest and it’s so important to take a rest day even though we may not want to. Here is to an awesome 2018 my friend!

    • I know you can relate to this one too! Happy 2018 to your sweet family 🙂 XO

  • shootingstarsmag

    That’s great you are using Spotify more. I’m going to try and do podcasts more this year. I did it for awhile while I was walking, but I need to try and utilize them more. Make exercising more enjoyable. hah I do need to work on meal planning more.


  • I love the daily mix playlists on Spotify because they do all of the work for me & I don’t have to make one for myself! Ah yes, I agree that rest days are SO important but it’s hard to wrap my mind around it sometimes and tell myself that a break is needed!

  • Kelsey Walters

    I struggled so hard throughout Truly, Madly, Guilty…and felt like the end didn’t make the struggle worth it. If you’re still looking for a good read – I just finished The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine. In two sittings. SO GOOD. Has a psychological thriller vibe and good if you were a fan of Behind Closed Doors!