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I’ve never been one to make new year resolutions.

Not that I don’t keep them, well… I don’t know, considering I’ve never made one. It’s just never seemed important to me.

November 9th 2012, I received the biggest blessing I could have ever imagined. It changed everything.

I became a mother to the most amazing boy, Mason Jeffry Thiele.

Not only has my daily routine changed, that’s obvious, but so have my priorities and the things that are important to me.

The passed two months have been full of change. I’ve stepped away from the blog, work and focused on one thing, being a mom.

This year, I aim to find that fine balance of work and motherhood. One thing I’m confident about is the blog, With Style and Grace will be even better than the years before. It’s my baby, right next to my real life one. In case you were worried it was slowing down. It’s not.


So, instead of resolutions, I’ve decided that this year, I’m going to set intentions.


My intention for 2013

  • be present to my baby. he will only be this small for so long.
  • be a loving and patient mom and wife – emphasis on patients
  • be authentic in conversations, relationships, and on the blog – that’s very important to me.
  • dance, laugh and sing more. hard to be grumpy doing any one of these.
  • be kind and gentle with my new body. self reminder: I have a beautiful baby that was worth every pound.
  • feed my body with nutritious, whole foods.
  • be creative and allow perfection to better not deter.
  • be open to change and creating new pictures when current ones are broken
  • hold a positive space around money.
  • specifically for the blog: be true and authentic in every post. share the beauty of gluten-free. inspire.
  • specifically for the baby blog: connect, inspire and be a resource for other parents. as well as share the growth and milestones of this little guy.
  • continue to do the things I love.


Thank you for following me through all my adventures. Next year will be filled with even more gluten-free recipes, discoveries and the launch of my first ebook!

Wishing you a year full of endless possibilitiesHappy New Year!


Photographs captured by my friend and photographer, Emily – Em the Gem.

Taken 2 days after the birth of our son. 




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  • Maria

    I know 2013 is going to be filled with many happy moments and blessings for you and your adorable family. Can’t wait to meet the little guy! Happy New Year my friend! xo

  • bakeyourday

    I make “intentions” for myself instead of resolutions…it helps me make them long-term habits. You have had a great year! Cheers to 2013!

  • Stephanie

    What an inspiring and moving post. We’ve obviously never met, as I’m just one of your (loyal) readers, but I’ve so enjoyed watching the journey you’ve been on and your beautiful transition into motherhood. I’m considering having a baby soon myself and I can’t wait to read more of your baby blog. Congrats and Happy New Year!

  • http://www.thelittlekitchen.net/ JulieD

    Wonderful and beautiful intentions/goals. 2012 was an amazing year and I know 2013 will be even better. xoxo and happy new year to you and your beautiful family!!

  • http://twitter.com/PressureCook2da PressureCookingToday

    Congratulations! Look like perfect goals.

  • Liz DellaCroce

    Love your intentions list!! Really rings true to me as a new mom myself always trying to find balance between working from home and being present with my son. Look forward to following your journey in 2013!

  • Heather – Farmgirl Gourmet

    Beautifully said Lisa. Happy 2013 my dear. I hope our paths cross again very soon. xo


  • Tori

    Can’t wait to follow along with you in the new year. That little man is so precious!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Great post, Lisa. I used to make New Years resolutions until…I realized they were sort of pointless and I hardly ever stuck to them. I love the idea of approaching the new year with intentions..hopes for how you’d like to live this year. Wishing you and your family a wonderful life! I have no doubt you’ll find that elusive balance between family and work…and I’m looking forward to supporting each other in that quest. 🙂 xo

  • http://www.facebook.com/katie.unger.395 Katie Unger

    beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    Beautiful. Smart. Happy New Year, Lisa!

  • Kate

    What beautiful photographs. Congratulations again and happy 2013!