Planning My 2012 New Year's Resolutions.

2012. It's comin'. 

TWENTY-TWELVE! 

Holy cow! The New Year will be here in a few weeks.

A lot has happened in 2011, and I can't wrap my brain around the fact that it's almost over. It was a good year, don't get me wrong, I'm just not ready to leave it yet. I mean, I don't know if you know this or not, but I do not age gracefully. A new year is almost like another birthday, only better because it's a fresh start. 

In honor of a fresh start, I began thinking about my New Year's Resolution. And then I encountered a problem: I couldn't choose just one. Here's the narrowed list - - 
  1. Live a happy life, whether it's considered 'successful' by society's standards or not. 
  2. Continue to travel the continental U.S. with John. We have another trip to Memphis planned for early May, and this summer we really want to go to Yellowstone for a week and a half, pending John's summer work schedule. I, my friends, have summers off! 
  3. Talk with my grandparents more frequently. 
  4. Spend more time cooking, rather than dining out. I enjoy cooking, but really enjoy dining out. 
  5. Take more trips to the dog park with Manny. This little guy makes me so happy. 
  6. Begin planning my 2012 garden NOW, including ordering my seeds and starting some inside so they're ready to transplant in the spring. I'd also like to till up pretty much the entire fenced portion of our backyard for garden space. John agreed to the plan - so there's no turning back now!
  7. Beef up the 'ole savings account, while paying off our remaining consumer debt (mostly my car loan and student loan - our mortgage will take a while...)
  8. Take a proactive attitude, rather than a reactive attitude. So many times I catch myself acting based on what has happened to, or around, me. Be it my students, my colleagues, or my family and friends, I think if I took a minute to have a bit of foresight, I could prevent worries and anxiety as an afterthought. 
  9. Strive to live a self-sufficient lifestyle and share those habits with as many people as possible. I think I can take this a step further by supporting and encouraging others I encounter (even strangers) that I see using self-sufficient practices. I already have a nice garden, but I'd love to expand (see numero six). I would also love to have backyard chickens, but John drew the line in the sand. However, there are TONS of other ways I can begin to live a self-suficient lifestyle that don't include backyard hens. Much of my inspiration I gather from the Dervaes Family from Pasadena, California. 
  10. Lastly: Be a good person. And while I'm at it, I might as well make it easier for others to be a good person too. 
How's that for a New Year's Resolution?

Manny says he likes Number 5. 

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