New Year-- New Start

Did you know that 60 percent of people have broken their New Years resolutions by Valentines Day?  I like making New Years resolutions, but I also think that you have to be practical and be sure that you aren't setting yourself up for failure-- there is no way that I want to start a new year with the guilt of already failing hanging over my head.  Looking back, 2010 has been a crazy year.  Had you asked me where I thought we would be when the clock struck last year I would have never guessed that we would be living in Charlotte and I would be going to culinary school.  But, I do think that I have taken what has come our way and make sure that I/we am/are having the best life possible.

So, with that said, I have made some resolutions for 2011.  But instead of resolutions I like to think of them as improvements, or maybe adjustments?

1. Live a smaller life in Charlotte.  Chris and I want to start supporting our local community with our shopping choices.  There is an amazing bakery and an awesome local fish market right around the corner from us but we want to start buying our veggies and meats from small local vendors too.  My great-grandfather was a grocer in Fort Worth, Texas until he was put out of business by large chain groceries;  he literally could not get good for as cheap as they were selling them in larger stores. 

(This is a little fruit store in Paris... but you get the idea)

2.  Work out 5 times a week.  This was my mom's goal last year and except for two weeks she accomplished it! Chris and I have signed up for a 5k in the beginning of March so I have to hit the gym or my behind will be dragging.

(Hiking counts! This was over Thanksgiving at Pilot Mountain, NC)

3. Stay in better touch with my friends.  Since starting culinary school I haven't been as good about making phone calls or sending out emails just to say hello.  I need to be better!

4. Be healthier all around.  There is a slew of things I would like to work on from lowering my BMI to upping my daily veggie intake-- this year I'm going to focus on making sure that I am healthy inside and out!

What about y'all?  Did you make resolutions?  Or are there parts of your life that you see fit to change?

4 comments- my fav!:

missris said...

Yay you're back! Love these resolutions, especially the exercise one, which I also have!

S@sha said...

Good luck!

My philosophy on resolutions is that they need to be as specific as possible or else its hard to accomplish them. For me "exercise more," is too vague, but do yoga at least 3 times a week and buy a bike to ride on the river trail, I can accomplish. This year my resolutions are to create things with my hands more, get back to yoga, eat less meat, explore more, and learn to make English muffins.

Kalee said...

I didn't really choose any this year except working towards ending the year happy. However I still have my running goal and so I'm slowly working on that before my birthday in May. Does that count?

I think your goals sound manageable. And if you ever need any veggie recipes, let me know....I love my veggies!

Kalee said...

Oh can I add as a goal to maybe visit the Carolinas? It was on our dream sheet to move there next (after England), but instead we got sent here to MD. I think I could use a little small(ish) southern town right now.

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