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New Year, New Resolutions

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I’m back; back from vacation, back from my blogging break, back in the
Weight Watchers saddle, just back. I finally feel like I’m able to
re-focus this blog, especially without the pressure of posting
everyday. I missed sharing my life, my anecdotes, and my recipes so
I’m glad to be back.
The end of last year was filled with lots of changes. I moved into a
new apartment, changed positions at work, went on vacation, and made
some really great new friends. As I start the New Year, and start back
at work, I got to thinking about my resolutions for this year. I’m
actually not a humongous fan of New Year’s resolutions, I fully
believe you don’t have to wait until January 1st to make a change, but
the start of the year is a good time to reflect and to think about the
coming year.

Resolutions from 2011:
1. Go back to WW.  I did this. I’ve lost 54 pounds so far.
2. Make at least two of my posts a week more substantial. I did this
too…up until the last couple weeks of my year of blogging.
3. Shimmy, Shake, and Move. My original goal was 4 days a week. You
guys this does not happen. Like ever. Even on my best week. I did
however run several 5ks and I can climb way more stairs than before.
4. Be kinder. I’m still a terrible, mean, judgy person.
5. Visit two new places. I did this. I went to Belize and Honduras.
6. Take my LCSW exam. This did not happen. It’s back on this year’s list.
7. Actually cook some of the recipes I’ve been saving. I did this too. Check out some of my blog posts.

Resolutions for 2012:
1. Eat in Season. I am going to try harder to eat more fruits and
vegetables that are in season this year. I have a habit of always
buying the same things and I really want to try some new fruits and
veggies.
2. Actually sell a Cupcake (or 12). I have been talking about starting
a small scale cupcake company since I moved into my new apartment in
October; current name suggestions are Katie’s Kupcakes, Orange Blossom
Bakery, Flour Shop, and Katie Cakes. Mostly I’m doing it for fun and a
little extra cash, but I haven’t actually sold anything yet.
3. Run a Half-Marathon. I think this is self-explanatory.
4. Take my LCSW test. Taking and passing my LCSW exam would be a huge
step forward in my career.
5. Reach my goal weight. I’m not sure what the goal is yet, but does
this really need explanation.
6. Visit two new places. This is always a goal of mine. I love to
travel and explore new places.

So theses are my New Year’s Resolutions. What about you?
=)

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Hello There 2011

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
I pretty sure I said that last night, but extra good wishes never hurt anybody. Today I celebrated with my family in the way we have for many years; by disassembling Christmas. It was an especially bitter-sweet afternoon this year, because for the first time in my life I’m glad the holidays are over and I’m not sure how many of our traditions will remain intact. 
I’ve mentioned before that this was a difficult year for my family and for myself. We’ve had a lot of medical issues and conflict in 2010. Looking back on this year the difficulties and scares are so prevalent, but I know that there were high moments and triumphs. I’m hoping and praying that 2011 brings health and peace. 
This, I suppose, is where I begin my 2011 Resolutions. I’m not sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I don’t actually believe in New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve often felt that “resolutions” are too broad and they set people up for failure. I am, however, I HUGE fan of using the start of the New Year to reflect on the last year and set new goals. So here I my goals for 2011:
1. Go back to WW.  Good Ole Weight Watchers. I want to improve my diet this year, really make permanent change in how I eat. The goal is simply to go back to Weight Watchers and follow the program.
2. Make at least two of my posts a week more substantial. Not that you guys don’t already know this, but I’m a terrible blogger (for serious). The initial goal of this blog was to write something anything everyday for a year. But I’m now that I’m a quarter of the way through (!!!) my year, I’m not sure “something anything” is cutting it anymore. 
3. Shimmy, Shake, and Move. Basically be more active. Specifically do some sort of physical activity for at least 30 minutes at least 4 days a week. It can be anything the gym, the Wii, a walk in my neighborhood, or even taking the stairs at work. 
4. Be kinder. I need to meditate or pray or both and find a way to be kinder and less judgy. 
5. Visit two new places. Extra points if they are places on my Bucket List. 
6. Take my LCSW exam. This is what I’ve been working for since I was in college; I will take my liscensure test this year!
7. Actually cook some of the recipes I’ve been saving. I have about a gazillion recipes saved in my Google Reader from Tastespotting and the blogs that I follow. I need to actually start cooking them or get rid of them.

That’s all I’ve come up with today, but as I think over the last year and head into this one I might come up with more. 
Welcome to the World 2011. 
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