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I usually have a pretty good idea of what Life List items I’ll be tackling in the year ahead but this year really was a toss up. We’ll be focusing on paying off our new deck during the first part of the year so any Life List items will be of the more frugal variety. 🙂 Travel plans are also up in the air for the time being. I’ve gone through my List and removed a few of things that were no longer of interest and added some new items. I’ve also been pondering some New Year’s resolutions for the past few days and have settled on a few to focus on in 2015.

New items added to the list:

  • Participate in the “23 and Me” DNA initiative
  • Have a home emergency kit
  • Arm-knit an infinity scarf
  • Learn 5 homestead skills
  • Go Christmas caroling as an adult
  • Go zorbing

List items I’ll try to tackle this year:

  • Roast a goose
  • Make a soufflé
  • Make falafel
  • Cook rabbit
  • Make fresh pasta
  • Go to three Heritage Villages (1 down-Black Creek, 2 to go-Westfield and Country Heritage)
  • Picnic in a vineyard
  • Stop biting / picking my fingernails (for once and for all!)
  • Make a homemade beauty product
  • Wear false eyelashes
  • Arm-knit an infinity scarf
  • Have my dream backyard (once the deck is finished :))
  • Start this: Have a home emergency kit
  • Participate in the 23 and Me DNA initiative
  • Start this: Learn 5 homestead skills
  • Exercise at least 2 times a week for a year
  • Books: Read 40 books
  • Movies: Watch 50 movies
  • Cooking: Cook 40 new recipes

Resolutions for 2015:

  • Eat real food as much as possible
  • Eat local and/or organic food as much as possible
  • Order takeout maximum twice a month
  • Increase fitness level
  • Further reduce our grocery budget through sales and couponing
  • Start meal planning and freezing meals

 

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We’re three months into the year (already!) and it’s time to check where things are at with my resolutions for the year. My original list (albeit short) is below:

  • Make an effort to connect regularly with family and friends. Whether that’s through letters, phone calls, emails/messages, anything. This is going very well – I’ve been participating the “52 weeks of mail” project and I’ve sent at least one item per week this year. I’ve sent letters, gifts, flowers and notes to friends and family.
  • Be more active (this doesn’t mean I’m starting a huge fitness regime that I’ll never stick to – I simply want to be more active in my every day life, which will, in turn, contribute positively to my overall health). Well, I could be doing more with this one. I can’t blame the winter weather since we hardly had any snow this year. must do better on this one…
  • Have more meatless / lean meat meals. We’ve all but eliminated red meat from our diet and eat mainly fish and chicken when we do have meat at all. I’d like to push this even further. This has been going super well. We typically have 2-3 suppers with meat per week (salmon or chicken). I have a chicken and cheese quesadilla for lunch at work most days of the week. We eat chick peas, various pastas, veggies, rice. Whole wheat grains. Breakfast is whole wheat toast, yogurt and fruit. I splurge once in a while (chocolate, ice cream, etc.) but all in all, we’re eating healthy.
  • Follow through with outstanding house maintenance items (upgrade windows, electrical inspection, etc.) and get at least two done in 2012. Now that spring is here, time to get going on this. 🙂

In terms of the forecast for any Life List items on the horizon, there are several:

  • Cruise to Alaska (booked for May 2012) where we’ll get to travel to the Yukon and BC, increase my cruise count to 7 out of a goal of 10, increase the number of cruise lines we’ve sailed with to 3 out of a goal of 4.
  • Cruise to Caribbean (booked for October 2012) where I’ll get to try snuba, stay in a suite (woohoo), increase my cruise count to 8 out of 10.
  • We’re planning on booking a hot air balloon ride once it gets warmer.
  • I’ve completed 5 out of 10 random acts of kindness so far. I have another lined up (donate used clothing) – I just have to get organized and make it happen.
  • I made my own bread. DONE
  • I’ll make sure to walk through a hedge maze this summer and possibly visit a batting cage as well.
  • I’ve made 4 colouring books (for my nieces and nephew). DONE
  • Participate in the walk to end breast cancer (September) – I’m still planning on doing this.
  • Make a homemade beauty product, try eyebrow waxing and wear fake eyelashes (not all at the same time) – still planning on doing these this year.
  • Read 30 books this year – I’m at 11 already and on track.
  • See 50 movies this year – I’m at 21 so far – on track.

So far so good!

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I learned about this project from Nicole over at Three 31; the project is 52 Weeks of Mail and involves sending one note, letter, care package, postcard, whatever – once a week. Seeing as how one of my resolutions is to make an active effort to connect with family and friends, this project totally fits the bill. I initially had some conflicting emotions about it since the world in general is moving away from “old-fashioned” mail, but then I remembered how happy it made me to receive actual mail in my mailbox from a person. It’s such a rarity these days and it’s a nice personal touch – if I can bring a little bit of happiness to family and friends 52 times this year, then I’m all for it. 🙂

If you want to join the fun, feel free!

If you have a blog, you can add it to the list below (submissions starting Jan 3rd, 2012).

Happy connecting!

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It’s that time of year again! My January 1st to January 3rd diet is about to begin – so exciting. 🙂 Ahem…

But seriously, it’s a new year, time to think about what I’d like to change, what worked, what didn’t, what would bring more happiness and health to my life.

These are my resolutions for 2012:

  • Make an effort to connect regularly with family and friends. Whether that’s through letters, phone calls, emails/messages, anything.
  • Be more active (this doesn’t mean I’m starting a huge fitness regime that I’ll never stick to – I simply want to be more active in my every day life, which will, in turn, contribute positively to my overall health).
  • Have more meatless / lean meat meals. We’ve all but eliminated red meat from our diet and eat mainly fish and chicken when we do have meat at all. I’d like to push this even further.
  • Follow through with outstanding house maintenance items (upgrade windows, electrical inspection, etc.) and get at least two done in 2012.

That’s it. Short, sweet, reasonable and achievable.

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Dec 31: New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve always been a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but I tend to stay on the positive side. Instead of stopping, quitting or losing something (dieting, losing weight, stop doing this or that, etc.) I prefer the ones with more promise. Like learning something new, doing something you normally wouldn’t do, vowing to go somewhere you’ve always wanted to go, making a positive change in your life. It’s just more hopeful and inspiring. Instead of looking back on the 2009 failures and wanting to change how bad things have been in the past year (yawn), I like to look forward and dream of an even better year than the past one. I mean, really, it’s a new year! It’s time for something NEW to be added to your life.

So, for this year, I plan to continue crossing off items on my Life List, which I’ll be revising annually starting in Jan 2010. It used to be an informal process, but now I’ll make a point of reviewing the list once a year. I’ll be removing things that aren’t as important to me anymore and adding in new items that have crept up in the back of my mind as “Ouuu I’d like to try that someday”.

A New Year is always inspiring. New beginnings, a fresh start, a clean slate, a whole new decade of things to try, discover and learn. It’s 2010.  Twenty-Ten. Doesn’t that just sound awesome? So much better than two-thousand-and-nine.

I’m excited.

Bring it on.

And that concludes my 31 days of Christmas list. Hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did! Hmm maybe I’ll start a 365 days of 2010 list… Or maybe not. 🙂

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