Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

It's time for my annual New Year's Resolution list... so here it comes!

Resolutions for 2012

1. Make a conscience effort to be healthier. I need to make my health a priority. And I need to do much better with my health goals than I did last year. (Goal 2011: Do one unassisted pull-up. I am no where near being able to do a pull up by the way. Not even close. I worked on that until I got engaged, and then wedding planning superseded gym time. Bad Kristina.)  But I think I am going to take this goal one month at a time (really one day at a time!) This month's goal(s): attempt to eat at least three veggie servings a day, and work out for 30 minutes at least three days a week. (Day three, and so far so good on the veggies, and have exercised twice!)

2. Unplug. As much as I love facebook-ing, pinterest-ing, reading blogs and writing my own, I realize how more productive I could be if I spend less time "plugged in." So... my goal is to be on there less. Same goes for the phone -- I just need to let it ring or bling-a-blong or ding or whatever. I am going to use the computer as my reward --- hard workout? BAM -- sit down for a few minutes and read a blog! Got done cleaning the house? BAM -- play on pinterest for a few minutes!  I just need to be careful not to over-reward myself. :)

3. Try new things. For me, 2011, was a year all about new things. It was an exciting year and I was really good about trying new foods, new drinks, new adventures. I want to continue that this new year. My goal is to try four new recipes a month and order something new when I go to restaurants.

4. Continue to sprinkle the world with kindness. I wish it weren't true, but it makes me a little sad to see how humanity and individuals have gotten so wrapped up in our own little worlds that we fail to pay kindness and respect to one another. I find myself getting more pessimistic and more self-centered when I am around people like that... so I will slowly rid myself of the negativity and make it a point to be uber-nice as often as I can. And, of course, to smile. Life is too short to be unhappy.

5. Enjoy life. I spend way too many minutes of my life fretting about things that just don't matter. I need to re-learn to 'Not Sweat the Small Stuff.' I need to appreciate as many minutes in as many days as I can, because really and truly, I am blessed person.

Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give! 

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be 
My highest and my best! 

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree, 
And sing more joyful songs! 

William Arthur Ward

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