Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone!

The black-eyed peas are soaking, the collard greens are slow cooking and the rice steaming. Today we will ring in the New Year’s southern style!

Between culinary chores I have made some New Year’s challenges for myself. I gave up making resolutions years ago. The goal to lose weight or work harder never sticks for more than a few weeks. My challenges are small, positive changes that are attainable. I don’t beat myself up if I don’t always measure up. I re-focus and try again.

Here’s a sampling of some of the challenges for 2013:

1. Keep writing- everyday. Last year I signed up for daily writing prompts, I kept notebooks in the car, at work,

and put Evernote to good use on my phone. When inspiration hit, I was ready.

2. Continue to find opportunities to improve my writing. Last year, I took advantage of an online class, and attended the Florida

Writer’s Conference. I have decided to look for some other writing classes. Online or face-to-face, I am ready to take it up a notch

3.  Discover a new activity. This one carries over from year to year. Kayaking is on my short list.

4.  Be more open to new opportunities: I connected with new friends, and I traveled more. This year I start a new job, so meeting

new people will come with the territory. My husband and I vow to keep getting away for short trips to new places.

6.  Enjoy each moment. I am making a joy jar. Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love), suggested decorating a jar that holds your daily

dose of joy, or a blessing. At year’s end, you take out each slip of paper, and see how much joy was packed into a year.

I wish everyone good health and good fortune in all your endeavors. Happy New Year!

© annettealaine-2013

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