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New Year’s goals

Some people make New Year’s resolutions. I use the end of December/start of January as a time for reflection. How did the year go? What great things happened? What do I want to accomplish in the new year? Then I set goals for the upcoming year. I prefer goals to resolutions; you can’t “break” them in the first few days. I create goals for all areas of my life… spiritual, family, physical, professional, home, friends, and financial. A few years ago, I added a new category called “rest, rejuvenate, & celebrate” to help in that area, too. Setting goals helps me focus on what’s important. Just like I do in lesson plans!
 
Here’s a sample of my goals for 2010:
Friends:
1. Encourage them.
2. Write notes of affirmation.
3. Spend time with my circle of friends.
 
Rest/Rejuvenate/Celebrate:
1. White space in each day, week, and month.
2. Enjoy what I’ve been given.
3. Travel with Tom as we can.
4. Positive thinking creates positive energy.
I keep my goals in a notebook and add photos/ magazine pictures to help me visualize them. Periodically, I review them to see how I’m doing. I believe that when we can picture things, we are apt to do them and do them consistently. 
 
What are your goals or new year’s plans for 2010? I hope you’ve created some and strive to meet them daily – share them in the comments section.
Happy New Year to you all! 
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Vintage inspirations

I was delighted to find a package in the mail last week from an online shop I just discovered on Etsy.com from LemonGrassJewels. Sweet handmade jewelry with vintage look. Posed it on a wooden fish carved and painted by my dad a few years ago. I like to be surrounded by vintage things from my family in my office. They inspire me to create. An old photo of my dad golfing, his fishing creel (I can still smell that stinky fish smell in our outdoor shanty where he cleaned his catch), an iron bunny from my Nana’s house where we drank from cool metal cups in the summer.

New jewelry and a wooden fish carved by my Dad

New jewelry and a wooden fish carved by my Dad

My Dad and his favorite pastime

My Dad and his favorite pastime

An iron bunny from my Nana's house

An iron bunny from my Nana's house

Colorful, cool metal cups for a hot summer's day

Colorful, cool metal cups for a hot summer's day

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