This year will be full of travel, just like I like it. We're starting off celebrating New Years in Puerto Rico, where I'll meet my new family and have a honeymoon. But, we plan on traveling to Tahoe, Portland, Vegas, Wine Country, the Midwest and hopefully, an East Coast trip. I love travel and think it is such an important way to add value to your life. A fun way to organize all these trips and get suggestions from my friends is trippy.com, if you haven't checked it out, definitely give it a go!
This is something I really have to work on, I am a huge procrastinator and I tend to make my life much more difficult than it needs to be. I want to get to a place where I'm much more efficient with my time and get my life organized. That means organize time, energies, clutter...all of it! I have bought a pocket sized planner and got a great calendar for X-mas, so hopefully those are a good first step.
This word changes from year to year and I want to get to a place where I'm relatively happy in all areas of life. Right now, I'm mostly happy but, I'd love, like others, to be secure in my job and the rest of my life. Happiness is that constant elusive carrot before my eyes, so this will probably be a continual repetition on my resolutions list for years to come. But, it's also a great goal to achieve. It's subjective, so keep that in mind. This resolution is for me to find my idea of happiness, not to find someone else's idea of happiness.
Still on here from last year, I didn't get to do as much exercise as I had hoped. This year I really want to take my health seriously, I've put it on the back burner for a while and I want to eat healthy and exercise plenty. Luckily, there's plenty of GroupOns and Living Social deals to help me with this resolution.
I think this is a skill we can all work on. I need to listen to my gut and take my husband's advice a little more seriously. A few times this year, I ignored both, just to end up regretting it. It's also good to practice really listening to people and what they are saying, be present and active in the conversation, turn off your cell phone when you're out to dinner. Otherwise, you're robbing yourself of quality time with a friend or loved one. They did invent voice mail and email, you know, so all those little stresses will still be waiting for you- trust me!
I've been lucky this year to finally find some great friends in our new city and of course, spend more time with my family. Living away from home for so many years, I never really knew what I was missing until I came home. My niece's games and plays and fun little movie dates and watching her grow up and really being there for her, my mom, my dad and taking care of him as he descends further into Alzheimer's and old age, my brother....It is so important to be an active participant in your life and the lives of your loved ones. Always let them know that they're loved and that you're there for them because in an instant it can be gone.
After a long absence from one of my passions, reading, this year I was able to take advantage of living across the street from the library. I rekindled the long simmering passion and now, I can't go to bed without cracking open a book and escaping a bit. I plan on continuing this and writing more reviews for Cafe Libri!
This year I was able to do more volunteering but, that doesn't stop my constant desire to help when and where I can. I plan on working for the National Domestic Violence Hotline as a Crisis Counselor. I am already certified but, will welcome any more training. This is one of the volunteer jobs that I've done in my past that has fulfilled me more than I can describe. I loved being able to help people when they desperately needed it and even save a few lives. Every shift ended with a huge weight on my heart for all I had heard but a deep gratitude that, at least, I was there to help a woman find her strength and worth, if even in the smallest way possible.
I love cooking! This year I've added onto my cookbook collection and have tried new recipes, some of which I've shared with the Gourmand Community. For Christmas, I got a 4.5 quart Artisan KitchenAid Mixer and I can't wait to use it to make EVERYTHING but, especially, homemade pasta. I promise to share the recipes and cooking journey on here!
I was only able to try two of the 100 places on the Big Eat SF 2011 list- Hog Oysters and Rickhouse. I have also started my own must-eat list in SF but, this year, I will continue to attempt to try the other 98 must eats/drinks of the list.