December Highlights + January Goals

This year I will be continuing last year’s resolution to make month-long goals as opposed to a year-long resolution in hopes of holding myself more accountable. January, even though completely cliché, will focus on bettering myself: working out, learning a new skill, and exploring mentally and physically. What is your 2015 New Year’s resolution? Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Check back each day this week for updated blog posts (I know, it’s crazy!).

1. Go snowshoeing (last year’s trip here)
2. Read a biography or memoir (finished this one)
3. Send one just because gift
4. Utilize my new Christmas gift and sign up for a class
5. Complete four weeks of this workout plan (4/4)
6. Take items to Buffalo Exchange and Goodwill
7. Book a family trip to somewhere new in March
8. Get organized (order this)
9. Haircut and colored
10. Download and listen to this podcast

DecemberHighlights1. Tax free shopping for Christmas gifts in Portland got the best of me (jk these are not all my packages)
2. Continuing my favorite Christmas tradition
3. Starting off the month right by putting up all the Christmas decorations
4. On the couch watching a Christmas movie is where I spent the majority of my time
5. Our first attempt at an apple pie
6. Finding quiet moments away from the holiday craziness to enjoy time together
7. Christmas Day family selfie
8. Rabbit or puppy footprints across the bed? We’ll never know!
9. Spending a quiet New Year’s Eve at home watching movies

My 2012 New Year’s Resolution

Just Do It

Whether stated aloud, whispered to ourselves, or written down, we all without a doubt make New Year’s resolutions.  When 78% of New Year’s resolutions fail each year, why do we continue to set ourselves up for failure?  Is it the reflection of last year’s failures that leads to the desire to make lasting self and lifestyle improvements or simply the fresh start of a new year?  For me it is both.  I look at January 1st as the day to turn my life around and get back on track with a blank slate and no where to go but up.  This year my New Year’s Resolution is simple:

Nike marketing executives had it right all along.  These three little words are going to be my 2012 motto and the driving force behind every decision.  No more talking about increasing the hours spent in the gym or how I should really start eating healthier or control my shopping to stick to a budget or volunteer more or up my effort of correspondence to be a better friend or organize every drawer and closet to make life easier, I’m just going to do it, no more excuses.  Bring it on 2012 and get ready to be dominated.

Fabulous Finds: NYE

Never having been a huge fan of New Year’s Eve, as proven by my six consecutive years of babysitting throughout middle and high school, I am continuing my low-key New Year’s plans by enjoying a dinner out at a tapas restaurant with some of my favorite people followed by games and drinks at my friend Erin’s house.  Sounds way more fun in my opinion than spending $150 to get into a Chicago bar to stand shoulder to shoulder with randoms unable to hear anyone or get a single drink.  Wow, I sound old and crotchety, sorry.  If you are hosting your own get together, here are a few ideas I found on Pinterest to help get your creative hosting wheels turning.  However you are choose to celebrate, have a blast ringing in 2012.