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2010 is Here!

Happy New Year Everyone!
We are celebrating from Rochester Minnesota with Matt's brother & sister-in-law Jeff & Cynthia and our cute niece Madelyn. Every year after Christmas I start to get a little bit anxious about implementing New Years Resolutions. See if you know me you would know that my “to do” mini notebook that I have with me at all times has been compiling items in one of the back pages for about 2 months now. The title across the top of the page reads : 2010 New Years Goals, and every time a thought pops into my head about something I think I should make a sound resolution to complete in 2010 I write it down.

If you are a new reader you can review THIS post from last year at this time when I had just completed the 2008 goal to not go shopping for a year, and read the goals that I set for 2009. I always like to review the goals that I set last year and to see what I accomplished and what didn't pan out as I had hoped- for instance I set out to abstain from any form of refined sugar- which is EXTREMELY HARD, I lasted until March but unfortunately I didn't keep it going- however I did learn an important lesson, that I can go without sweets and now I limit my sweets much more easily after that exercise of resisting. To those things that I look back on that I did accomplish I am pretty happy about especially to run the half-marathon which happened in October. I had originally set a goal to run a half in April and a full in October, this is a perfect example of the fact that sometimes we set goals that are extremely difficult, and we may make compromises but we can still achieve success. One of my favorite quotes since high school has been:

“Shoot for the moon and even if you miss
you'll land among the stars”

Every year I make a large list of goals, I separate them into categories: Physical, Financial, Spiritual, Home, Professional, & Personal Development/Fun :) and I type out my list. I really believe in writing down your goals! I print out several copies and keep them in different places, and then I look at them frequently through the weeks/months of the year. I attribute a lot of my completed goals to the fact that I continually look at them written down, and even if I haven't been doing one or more of them very well it gives memotivation to start at that moment to get going. I hear a lot of people say that they don't like to be reminded of what they are not completing, but for me its a great motivation, because all of them are things I truly want to accomplish. So I encourage you to be brave, make resolutions, write them down, and keep looking at them- ALL year!

To give you a little idea of the things I will resolutely try to do in 2010- here is a sampling from each category :)

Abstain Completely from Industrialized Meat. (should you want to know more about what industrialized meat is I highly recommend watching Food Inc.)
Run the Music City Half Marathon in April (and although I already ran 1, this time i'll be doing it without my partner, which is already mentally harder!)

Keep track of all expenses, stick to the budget, complete emergency fund, basically listen to Dave Ramsey. (mint.com, a site I found the other day is already helping me categorize all my spending & budget better)
Get Coupon Crazy -Use coupons every time I go to the grocery store (if you are interested go to KCPennyPinchinMama.com)

Compost ALL food scraps
(I am going to use the Green Worm system, you can see it HERE)
Plan out weekly menu every Sunday, Only eat out 2x a month

Blog Everyday... lucky you :)
Sketch everyday & make a new design every week

Read the Book of Mormon in the first 60 days of the year (See Mormon.org for more info)
Serve once a month somewhere- such as boys & girls club, Food bank, etc.

Personal Development/Fun-
Take a photography class
Read 3 books a month & blog a review (this one carries over from last year, but I added the blogging aspect to it)
Learn how to make sushi

And to finish it off I leave you with probably my hardest goal for the new year which is not to complain. It will be something that I have to start over everyday, but I am committed to trying harder than normal. I like to think of myself as a positive person, and positive people don't complain, just like happy people don't murder their husbands... :)
(that last part is a quote from Legally Blonde, incase you didn't get it)

p.s if anything I hope this gives you the nudge to make New Years Resolutions, no matter how cheesy you think they may be- a quote to leave you with:

"I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don't set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When one learns to mater the principles of setting a goal, he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this life."
-Elder M. Russell Ballard

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