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Starting 2024 with a Full Heart

January 2, 2024

This holiday break was all that I needed and I feel really happy and grateful entering 2024.

I am definitely filled with NYE (New Year’s Energy) and hope I can get it to last as long as possible. I am excited about my goals, plans, and feel ready to jump into a year’s worth of *experience*, my word of the year.

However, I can’t finish our Amelia Island recap without a pic on our Traditional Playground Bench:

2019, 2021, 2022:

I am not someone who ever wants time to stand still, but wow – things do seem like they are changing more and more quickly.


Why yes I did choose this relatively cheesy phone background (I get mine here)! Not going to lie, I really like seeing it every time I open my phone. At least for now.

This pic was Genevieve at midnight. YES we all stayed up! Yes I am overly tired this year.

Orchid explosion on my Miami Beach run this AM (and it was under 60F!!! Miraculous)

Happy New Year!! (I look sleepy in this pic probably because I was. But hey – I made it to midnight!!!!)

I promise G was happier than she appears here!

Happy 2024! More goals-type content to come because of course.


  • Reply coco January 2, 2024 at 5:15 am

    it’s so great that you go to the same place for holidays with the family every year. Although I like to explore new places, sometimes I also want to go to familiar place for the comfort of it.
    happy new year!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 2, 2024 at 11:02 am

      I love a combo of both – usually we do one “repetition” trip yearly and otherwise pick new places! Though we are repeating Montana for skiing in March so maybe it’s more like 2 familiar and 1 new 🙂

  • Reply Lori C January 2, 2024 at 7:21 am

    I’m so happy for you that you had a lovely kickoff to 2024! Happy New Year. Also, wow, all kids staying up seems like a distant fantasy to me at this point … Toddler was up at 5am NYD and we all got the stomach bug… But I know that day will come and I’m trying not to wish the time away.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 2, 2024 at 11:03 am

      NOOOOO to stomach bug!! AHHHH! I’m so sorry. Yes, don’t wish it away — AND you have lots to look forward to!
      To be fair, G was absolutely sleep deprived. But I think the one who had the hardest time staying up was . . . me 🙂

  • Reply Lisa's Yarns January 2, 2024 at 10:18 am

    I have not seen midnight in many years! I don’t think I have it in me to stay up that late but our mornings start so very early so I pay for it if I do stay up! I was asleep by 9:30 on NYE. We really know how to party in our house clearly. 😉

    It’s great that you are starting the year with a full heart. I’m feeling more like Lori above, well except the stomach bug part! But I am not really “loving” this stage of parenting if I am completely honest. Long weekends feel SO LONG when you have a toddler, but I know that will change in a couple of years!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 2, 2024 at 11:04 am

      Lisa, 100% get it. I really do feel like life is easier at this stage. And in many ways more fun. So there is so much to look forward to and you are really getting there!! (unless you are secretly pregnant or planning #3 🙂 ).

      • Reply Lisa's Yarns January 2, 2024 at 2:56 pm

        LOL! Nope! We are firmly done at 2 and luckily have zero doubts about that. I only feel more sure about our family size as the months pass by! And yes, it will get easier and better! I started a 5-year journal yesterday. I am sure in a couple of years my daily entries after a long weekend will be much different!

  • Reply Elisabeth January 2, 2024 at 10:43 am

    I was in bed by 8 pm on NYE and asleep by 10 pm. Aren’t I just a party animal…ha!

  • Reply jennystancampiano January 2, 2024 at 11:42 am

    Happy New Year! I think I’m getting spoiled by all these runs in 50 degree weather- but what an amazing way to start the year. I hope your year of Experience is a great one!

  • Reply RH January 2, 2024 at 2:53 pm

    I live in CA and every year, we stay up…for the East Coast ball drop, ha! Kid is 10 now and was fine to go to bed like 15 min later (so 9:15 our time). Not sure how many more years that this will be acceptable but I’ll push it as long as I can 🙂

  • Reply Grateful Kae January 2, 2024 at 4:17 pm

    We always always stay up until midnight on NYE, no matter what we’re doing! I actually can’t remember ever going to bed before then, though I suppose as a young child I must have! But it’s been a long time. Glad you had a great break and are feeling ready to rock 2024! I do not feel remotely ready for the new year since we have been traveling and still are… I guess this is why I have never wanted to be away over Christmas/New Year’s! I feel very behind the 8 ball. Oh well, it’s been great fun and I will have to carve out some time when I get home and create a “makeshift” new year’s. Maybe next Monday the 8th when I go back to work??

  • Reply Irene January 2, 2024 at 5:51 pm

    I’m just now catching up after a week away but I was way too excited to see you stayed at the Villas at the Omni – we stayed there this summer and loved it. So much room but access to the pools and the mini golf etc. my daughter loved the big chess set.

    I want to go back but we usually travel with family (cousins) and they prefer to go somewhere new. We will see!

  • Reply Sarah January 3, 2024 at 7:16 am

    We all stay up, and Ben gets preemptively grumpy about how grumpy everyone will be the next day and tries to change plans at the last minute. EVERY YEAR. We have a similar playground in Hilton Head that we use to mark time in pictures— love it

  • Reply San January 6, 2024 at 4:23 pm

    We did stay up for the new year an I traditionally go outside and stand in the middle of the street and look at the stars (if they’re visible). Leftover “tradition” from NY’s parties back home in Germany 🙂

    Happy New Year, Sarah.

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