The first day of the new year is coming to a close. We’ve already said goodbye to 2009. I hope that you are as excited as I am about the promise of this new year. As that Semisonic song goes, “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
Normally I am not one to put big stock in New Year’s Resolutions. However, this year I have some very real goals that I plan to make good on. I think having this blog to write these goals in actually helped me to think harder about what my goals should be. Plus, I recently learned that you are 10% more likely to reach a goal if you share that goal with someone else. So, now you can all hold me accountable.
Buy More Local Food – This year I will make it a priority to utilize local resources for my family’s nutrients. In addition to providing fresher food with fewer preservatives and other ingredients that I can’t pronounce, locally grown food is better for the environment because fewer resources are used for transportation and processing. After watching Food, Inc. and listening to Joel Salatin talk, I also feel it is my duty as a consumer to put my “vote” behind real food instead of mass-produced, chemical laden junk.
In addition to the local Farmer’s Markets, Central Arkansas has a great resource for accessing the local food market: ArkansasFood.net. This website offers two wonderful programs. First, the basket a month program is a subscription program that provides members with a basket full of locally grown food such as produce, meat, eggs, cheese, milk, and rice. The cost is $180 per three months. The second program is the Online Market, where you can choose which products you would like to receive and order them online each week. Two amazing services, really. Before we moved here, I had never heard of such a thing.
Spend More One-on-One Time with My Kids – This is the “gimmie” of the bunch. Carina will be starting official preschool this week. Her hours will be different than Callen’s Parent’s Day Out, so it will give me an opportunity to spend time with each of them separately each week. The important part will be making sure I fill this one-on-one time with activities that are important to each child. For Carina: arts and crafts, cooking and baking, and playing with puzzles and blocks (Callen eats her crayons and markers, is very dangerous in the kitchen, and is all about scattering puzzle pieces and toppling block towers). For Callen, basically, anything where he doesn’t have to share or take turns, since that is so hard for a person his age to have to do all the time.
Submit My Writing Once a Month – For over 6 months now, I’ve been saying that I’m working on “getting my freelancing career started.” The problem is I’ve spent a huge amount of time researching freelance writing and very little time actually writing. I’m sort of famous for that. So, this year, I will submit my writing for publication or competition at least once per month. My research tells me that actual publication will be few and far between, but it will be a huge learning process and a step in the right direction.
Compete in a Triathlon – You can’t have a New Year’s Resolution list without a nod to fitness, right? Callen is coming up on two years old, and while I feel pretty happy with the way my body has recovered from childbearing, I still have about 5 pounds of flab flabbing around my mid section. For those of you who didn’t know me pre-kids, I used to compete in sprint distance triathlons. This is a hobby I miss greatly. So, two negatives are coming together to make a positive goal here. Fitting in the necessary training will be a challenge, but I know I can do it. Anyone want to join me?
Happy New Year to all of you! Do you have any resolutions?
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