Ahhh, another New Year's Day has come to a close. I'm sure that if someone has a statistic for the least productive day of the year, the first day of January has got to be in the top five. Speaking for my family, I can honestly say that we do nothing most New Year's Days...and today was no different. Slept in (nice!!), big breakfast with our friends, mimosa's, football and then the ride home. Then it was pizza for dinner and soon enough it was off to bed.
At the beginning of 2011 I wrote a blog post and talked about not having lots of resolutions for the new year. I simply said that I was going to do things "different." Well, one year later I'm not so sure what I was thinking when I said different, but definitely different works for how things went in 2011. Whatever though...2011 is now one for the history books.
As for 2012, I'm back to resolutions. Not crazy, difficult resolutions, but goals and hopes for this coming year. This year I have resolved the following:
Read More! Reading is one of my favorite past times that for the last few years has spent way too much time on the back burner. I really want to make it a priority for myself this year and I'm ready. I've got my Kindle...a pile of books...and even used a cool new site www.goodreads.com to set a reading goal and there even seems to be some cool stuff to help track your goal, pick new books and make a reading list. Let's see how that goes.
Cooking resolutions. Yes, I have made some cooking resolutions. Weird, maybe, but I've been enjoying my cooking adventures for the past year and writing about them - so this year I'm going to try some cooking fun that I've never done before. I want to make a crown roast, bake a souffle, make bread from scratch (not using a bread maker) and attempt to make my own pasta. I think I may try a ravioli. Keep your eyes out on my foodie blog for how it comes out (What are we having for dinner tonight at http://jenndepauw.tumblr.com/)!!
Practice more self-preservation tactics. It's not about losing weight, working out more, blah, blah, blah. 2012 is about being better with the things that should be routine. 2011 was not a bad year in terms of fitness, this year I'm going to commit a little more. I've been eating right, so I'm going to kick that up a bit more, too. Most importantly - I'm going to pay more attention to sleep and rest. It's so important and I really do feel better when I get the right amount of sleep. Over the last year it's painfully obvious that focusing on exercise, rest and eating right helps a ton...and I'm in a lot less pain on a regular basis.
Stress Less. Easier said then done, but I'm going to try. I'm still working on the game plan, but I have a few ideas. I'll definitely report back.
All in all, 2012 us that new blank canvas. 365 days that are unknown and open to our interpretation. I hope I can always be so optimistic by what New Year's means, because I really like the way this feels.
So...what have you resolved for the new year?
Cheers to 2012!