Sunday, January 13, 2013

Here's to a brand new year!

I have heard that you should never make a resolution, unless you have three good reasons to back it up. I won't go into great detail on each of these, but I have definite reasons for each choice. 
  • Remember each day is a gift, I plan to continue to make more memories with my family and friends every chance I get. I love social networking, but even more I love spending time face to face so I can see faces as we laugh, cry, hug and enjoy our time together.
  • Continue to explore new places - visit, shop and eat like the locals. My new job will require some travel, and I plan to make each trip an adventure.
  • Routine exercise, cardio and strength training 5 days a week - doctor's orders. My last bone density showed some improvement, so I need to keep going!
  • Eat Vegetarian 2 days a week - this will take some planning, but I already have some great soup recipes I am excited about trying during the cold season. 
  • When dining out - choose locally owned, over chain restaurants. 
  • Cook from scratch - I used to bake bread, make my own dressings, marinades, etc... and then I let my life get too busy. I need to return to the days of homemade.
  • Read at least one book each month, some non-fiction and some fiction. I'm a firm believer that life needs a break from reality from time to time.
  • Create - cards, jewelry, yard art, home decor, etc...  I love making gifts for my friends and family.
  • Bring back the Great International City Swap this year. Let me know if you want to participate. I'm thinking late Spring, but I'll post more on this when I decide the date. 
  • Write a novel during NaNoWriMo in November. If you haven't heard of this event, you can read all about it on the link. Basically you write a novel in 30 days by following the guidelines they set. It isn't something that will probably ever be read, but it sounds like a challenge I am finally ready to attempt.

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