Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Ah yes.  Can you feel it?  That sense of excitement, ambition, hope.  A clean slate.  New start.  Everyone gets a chance to try again.  Refreshing isn't it?  I think overall 2010 was a really amazing year, the best I've had in a while actually, and I'm very, VERY thankful.  I decided to look back at my New Years post from last year and see how I did.  Not surprisingly, I didn't do as well as I had hoped, but even still I did make *some* progress.  Here's what I posted last year (abbreviated):

*Eat better and exercise more.
This I actually succeeded in the most of all my goals, and I think as far as a goal to do well with this is the best one.  Since this time last year I'm down a total of 15 pounds and a pants size.  I've lost 13 total inches off my body.  While this is really great and I'm excited, I still have a ways to go.  I wish I could have lost more, but at least I lost it and it stayed off.  For that, I'm very thankful.

*Save my money.
I did really well with this for a good little while, and then....summer came.  All the money I saved went down the drain in 3 short months.  Boo.  So here I am, back at square one and ready to start again.  And also ready to take precautions against what happened last time.  (PS - I had also mentioned saving for a Wii Fit to help with the healthy goal, which I did save for and get, and which did help me.  So yay!)

*Blogging more regularly.
EPIC FAIL.  Try again sister.

*Keep in touch better.
I think I've done this for the most part.  I realize that there are ebbs and flows in friendships and I can't stay in constant contact with EVERYONE all the time.  But I think I have tried to be more aware of keeping in touch.

*Craft business.
Also epic fail.  Try again sister.

*Learn guitar.
Last epic fail.  Try again sister.

So with that look at last year's goals, here's what I'm going for this year:

*Stick with the continuing diet and exercise.  I'm on a roll baby!

*Try again with the savings.  This year my savings goal is getting ONE ENTIRE LOAN paid off.  Oh yeah baby.  That would be a weight lifted off my shoulders and starting to see a light at the end of my tunnel of debt.

*Blogging restart.  I've said it so often I don't even believe myself anymore.  But I don't just want to blog more consistently, I'd like to do a total overhaul.  Maybe even start a new one.  We'll see how that pans out though.  For now, let's try for consistency.

*Make time for cooking.  I love to cook and I'd like to put some extra energy into making new things and getting in the habit of eating fresh over premade.

*Keep a list of things that inspire me and look at frequently.

*Also a list of things I'd like to do.  Pick something and take a step to try one every so often.

That sounds like a good start to the new year.  As always I expect a certain amount of laziness, but as long as I have some goals to work toward I feel good.  I hope everyone has a wonderful New Years and I hope 2011 brings you all lots of wonderful things!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Hi All! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season without too much undue stress. It's hard for me to believe that Christmas has come and gone already and New Years is just a few short days away. Crazy. I will, of course have a New Years post up soon (cause what is the new year without resolutions that you stick to diligently for a month or so and then slowly forget about halfway through the year?) so stay tuned for that. Also, I was poking around this great blog and have come across a post in which the author pretty well explains why I tend to drift away from my blog....expectations. And sometimes rum. But mostly the former. You should definitely read it just for the fun factor, she's always hilarious. So for your viewing pleasure I give you:

Hyperbole and a Half

You'll have to scroll to the top to start reading...sorry the link is being weird.  Oh well.

Again, I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday. Cheers and Merry Christmas!