Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year, Small Changes

I am a strong believer that you dont need to wait until the beginning of the year to make changes, make them right away! But that doesn't mean that I dont make resolutions every year, they are a fun tradition. As I started thinking about 2012 and what I wanted this year to be, I want it to be the year I really get my life in order.

I have graduated college, enrolled in the CFA, {AG} will begin law school in the fall (ekk! how exciting and scary!), and it is time for me to find a big kid job, find things I enjoy doing them, and focus on enjoying life.

So my resolutions are the following...
  1. Make more memories. My dad always says that your life is only the stories you have. {AG} and I started our 101 in 1001 list in July, and we also have a separate winter bucket list (we just need snow)! Having this list written up also us to focus on things we want to do and get them done. Also part b of this is that I want to be able to look back on the adventure we have had and so I resolve to document and share them here.
  2.  Read more books. Watch less TV. Pretty self explanatory but with DVR, Netflix, and all the Network iPad apps, I really have no excuse that I have to sit down and watch and get sucked into hours. I will only be watching the shows I love. I have so many books I want to read and really do love reading. I have plenty of time to catch up on all the great books out there, follow me on GoodReads. Also the Kindle offers free downloads from your library!
  3. Cross my ankles. Not my legs. A little more ladylike, and a bit more proper.
  4. Focus on the good. I will only be in Park City for a few months. {AG} and I are finally in the same city. {AG} and I will only have zero worries for a few more months. So why are we focusing on the bad things that are coming up. I need to focus on the amazing opportunity we have and make the most of our time right now because who knows what will happen in the next few months.
  5. Not stress over the nickels and dimes.  I think that everyone and many business have become cheap and charge you for water (really starbucks you cant give me a cup of water after I spend $5+ on coffee?). I dont want to worry about a dollar or two here or there because as angry as it makes me, its so small in the big picture. 
  6. Make more meals at home. I enjoy cooking, I enjoy grocery shopping, and I enjoy eating healthy, so why not make my own meals? I am eating Paleo more and more and it is difficult to find quick meals out, so I want to have more snacks and pre made meals ready that I can quickly take to work. Mason jar salads are the best thing I have found!
  7. Learn a new skill. Knitting, sewing, take a dance class, open a Etsy shop, get into spin, take yoga, learn how to cook something new, etc. Something new and fun that I can stick with. 
  8. Take more snow walks. My family has snow shoes and yaktrax and there is enough snow for these activities. I heard someplace that couples that walk together are stronger, happier, and have a better chance of staying together. So I want to enjoy going outside, take the dogs and walk with {AG}.
  9. Drink more tea. Its simple. Tea makes me feel better.
  10. Take more photos. {AG} and I do so many great things, I want to have pictures that can remind me of the adventures.
  11. Use less plastic. I have a lot of issues with plastic but that is for another day. I have a reusable warm coffee cup, a cold coffee cup, a reusable glass water bottle, glass tupperware, and many other reusable items. There is no excuse for me to not use them when I am out. 
What are your New Years goals?

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