This year...

1.02.2014

I was going to phone it in and post a picture of a sunset and say :Live the life you've always imagined" or some crap today.  I wasn't going to really write and definitely wasn't going to drone on and on about how I am going to be better in 2014.  

Oh well.

A bad habit I am going to break: Picking my lips.  It is disgusting.  It makes my lips look gross but it is my nervous habit and I have been doing it since I was 15.  I am going to stop doing it this year even if that means that I need to put on acrylics until the urge ceases.
A new skill I would like to learn: I want to learn how to really knit.  I can make simple little hats and scarves but I don't know how to do anything fancy or cute.  I want to learn to knit hats that I would actually want my kids to wear. Hats like this (my sister in law's charity)
A person I would like to be more like: This is a simple one... my Mom.  She was patient and kind, put family first always, didn't fight with my Dad in front of us, and gave herself breaks for the things that weren't perfect.
A good deed I'm going to do: Start volunteering at the old folks home by my house.  I already met with them to set it up, I need to just start going!
A place id like to visit: This year I want to do either a cruise or Great Wolf Lodge in Virginia.  One or the other.  Oh and we need to go back to New York City.  For sure we'll do that.
A book I'd like to read: Um... any of them.  I will commit to reading three.  Yes, I realize that is pathetic but what can I say, I am a realist.
A letter I'm going to write: This year I am committing to making Eva write thank you notes for all of her gifts.  Up until this point, I have been writing them for her but this year, its all on her.  I want her to know the importance of showing gratitude, even at three and a half.
A new food I'm going to try: I can't think of a new food specifically but I am going to try new recipes at home.  I have the same standard rotation week after week.  I need to throw a couple new ones in the mix.
I am going to be better at: Getting back into the habit of formal in home "school" for Eva.  This dropped off when I had the baby but I need to take it seriously again.  I want to be sure she is prepared for kindergarten.
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24 comments:

  1. Ooooh, I like the idea of having a list of things to stick to like this. I've never heard of the writing letters one. Having kids write thank you notes is sweet. :) My girls are always excited to get a note from a friend after a party.

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  2. I pick at my lips sometimes too and gosh in the winter it just makes them awful! I need to stop that! I'm with you on learning how to knit too. I've always wanted to do that!

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  3. Those are great goals, I know you will rock them.

    Thank you notes is such a lost art, so glad you're going to teach Eva. :)

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  4. What kind of books do you like to read? And I am so a fan of handwritten thank yous!

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  5. I pick my lips too (without even realizing it most times) good luck breaking the habit and making the other changes for the year!

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  6. I have a super easy pattern for knit baby booties I can send you if you want. It's only knitting and purling, no fancy confusing stuff.

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  7. I love a good hand written note so i love that one. I learned a lot of knit stitches from the free videos on the knittinghelp.com website. She has videos for almost any stitch.

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  8. All great goals!
    I'd really like to stick to the school thing also. I haven't been able to find a decent preschool here, and I doubt I'll have better luck when it comes to kindergarten. I just want V to be up to par with the other kids when we go back to the mainland.

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  9. These are great! I agree, thank you notes are so important and a good thing to learn early. And how cute is that to get a handwritten note from a 3 year old!

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  10. I like all of those. "Thank you" notes is such a great thing. My parents never had us do those, but I wish they would have. It's classy. : )

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  11. although my daughter is in school (SK), she does extra work at home - reading, writing, numbers, math, patterns that we give to her. sometimes it's a battle to get her to do it!

    kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  12. I love your goals! Here is to a wonderful 2014. :)

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  13. These are great goals! best of luck and happy 2014

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  14. I got a few knitting books this year for Christmas and I really want to kick up my knitting game too!

    Sarah
    aroseinthecity0.blogspot.com

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  15. Volunteering at an "Old Folks Home" is so awesome. I did it when I was a teenager and loved it. Also, I worked at a Retirement to Life Community (in fine dining) for about four years when I was in my early twenties and had so much fun. I would work split shift and instead of going home between shifts, I would go and visit my favorite residents. You never knew when their family wasn't local or when they didn't have any at all-- just seeing you and having you around/interested in their day, listening to whatever they had to say was just so very, very special to them. It made me so happy and matter of fact, I learned so much about not only life, but myself. I would love to do it again and know that I will again some day! Happy New Year Love. XOXO

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  16. I love this! So much! I'm going to do it as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. For trying recipes, try some at this site: http://www.bbonline.com/recipes/
    and this site: http://www.cabbi.com/recipes
    Great recipes from B&Bs.

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  18. I have a horrible habit of biting the inside of my lips! I end up in pain because I bite them too much! & NYC all the way! I haven't been there in a couple of years I need to go back asap! I hope you had a wonderful New Years!

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  19. I looked for your e-mail but I couldn't find it (the email button brings me to my mac email icon on my computer that I haven't set up - whoops.) I just wanted to tell you that I read through some of your posts about your mom and grief and how glad I am that I stumbled across your blog. I lost my mom about a month ago and it felt good to read someone who went through the same feelings. So, thank you.

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  20. Oh I love this list! I am going to fill it out for myself!

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  21. great goals! i'll pass along some healthy, easy recipes when i find tasty ones. :)

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  22. Uh...this dry weather out here makes me pick my lips, but I try to keep them as moisturized as possible to help. Good luck!

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