Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2011 Resolutions

Hi friends!

Sorry for the blogging hiatus. We were busy spending the holidays with family and then working on getting settled in our new home in Arizona. (More on that later.)

How about some resolutions?! It is the new year after all! And hopefully this will help to keep me on track and accountable.

1. Organize and De-Clutter my Life.

While we're living here in Arizona I am not planning on searching for a new job, since we'll only be here for 6 months. That means I should have PLENTY of time to get my life de-cluttered and simplified. This means getting rid of anything that isn't important to me and making everything else easily accessible and orderly. Maybe I should invest in a label maker?!

2. Shop Smarter (at the grocery store).

I'm going to try a LOT harder this year to use up food that we already have BEFORE buying new food. I may also try couponing, now that we're a one-income family and I have more time on my hands.

3. Live in the Moment, Stay Positive and Be Thankful

I need to take more time to enjoy the things around me and stop fretting about things I can't control. Although 2010 was a really hard year for me (for various reasons), I still have a lot to be thankful for. I vow to stop letting those "bad" things overshadow the good.

4. Moisturize!!

This may seem like a frivolous one, but Arizona is really dry. REALLY dry. I've never been much of a moisturizer (perhaps because I grew up in the humidity capital of Texas?) but my skin is seriously suffering since moving here.

5. Be Active.

Do something active at least 6 days a week. That doesn't necessarily mean working out, but maybe taking the dog for a long walk, going fishing with the Hubs, shooting some hoops, hiking in the beautiful Arizona foothills and so on. This will also help me to not become a Stay-At-Home-Wife-Hermit and get out of the dang house! :)

6. Be a Better Friend.

I'm a notoriously bad long-distance friend, but it's time to change that. I need to take more time to catch up with my friends and make them feel like they are still special to me. Whether that means talking on the phone (which I hate), chatting on Gchat, sending an email or a cardor whatever, I need to do it.

7. Make it Myself....Whenever Possible.

Make it instead of buy it. Bake my own bread, craft my own greeting cards, refurbish furniture instead of buying new....you get the picture.

I think that's it! Thanks for letting me share my resolutions with you and I hope you'll help to keep me accountable. Feel free to share some of your resolutions in the comments!

Happy New Year and here's to an amazing 2011!


  1. Very ambitious of you! On resolution #2 - have you seen the "Extreme Couponing" special on TLC? It's crazy!

  2. Only 6 months? Do you know where yall are going after that???

  3. Yay resolutions! My tips.... P-touch labelers are awesome....check the grocery stores sale flier before planning your menu....I heart gchat...keep lotion everywhere, on the coffee table, by the sink, in your car, makes it easier to get in the habit.....and you have a decorator bestie who loves refurbishing furniture, just ask Clint, so if you need help let me know! Here's to a great 2011!!!!

  4. That is a great list! I am especially with you on #7. I repainted my old microwave stand and put a little "curtain" on it and it turned out really cute. After that I vowed to never buy brand new furniture again. (except maybe a couch or recliner) It is amazing what you can do with old stuff!!


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