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Thankful Thursday

December 29, 2011

2011 is almost over — will you make a 2012 New Year’s resolution?

I’ve never been good at keeping resolutions. Making them, sure! But keeping them? I don’t even remember whether I made resolutions going into 2011. (Answer: I made goals, not resolutions, and pretty much failed at all of them.)

And so I’m not making New Year’s resolutions this year, because why wait until January 1 to start a new routine or consider 1/1/2012 a magical opportunity to change your habits? If there’s something different you want to try — a diet, a vacation, a new job/hobby — start now.

One of my 2012 goals is to volunteer regularly. While I volunteered sporadically in 2011, I’m ready for a bigger commitment in 2012. To get the ball rolling, I’ve already signed up for a few opportunities in January. Not only is volunteering a way to help my neighbors and give back to the community, it’s also a fantastic way to meet new people. Win-win!

This week, I’m thankful for:

  • having so many family members nearby — it’s so nice to not travel far for the holidays, and to spend Christmas with almost everyone I love
  • a very generous Santa Claus who always remembers to bring socks, too — because, seriously, who buys socks when Santa fills your stocking every year?
  • vacation next week! (long weekend at Big Bend National Park)
  • homemade whole-wheat rosemary bread… with cheese… and tomato soup
  • fun New Year’s Eve plans
  • ‘Parks and Recreation’ marathons with friends and hot chocolate
  • free banh mi

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Any for 2012?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Andrew S. permalink
    December 29, 2011 9:30 am

    Where do you plan on volunteering? I’d like to get into it more too, but as meeting people would be a goal of mine as well, I don’t want to show up and be the youngest person there by 15 years.

    • December 30, 2011 9:26 am

      Right now, I have a couple lined up through church, including Capital Area Food Bank (which is great for groups). Definitely done some where everyone is older, though!

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