Goals for the New Year

To start, I detest New Year’s Resolutions. I think they usually set you up for failure. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer. However, I really want to set up some attainable goals that will guide me through the rest of the winter and through 2011. I suppose they’re kinda/sorta resolutions, but for the sake of my sanity, let’s just call them goals. If these goals are in plain English and published on the internet I figure I can’t possibly fail… We’ll see.

1.) Get to the gym more often. This is really more of a winter issue. Ross and I share a car, which he uses most days of the week. In the summer it really isn’t an issue as I can bike pretty much anywhere. I just bike to work, then the gym, then home. I can’t do that in the winter. Nowadays I walk home, put on some sweats and don’t move again. Bad news – I need to get motivated. I’m starting at a new gym that offers classes (my old one doesn’t), so my goal is to walk home, wait for Ross to get back, then head to the gym. Or, I can do one of my Jillian Michaels exercise DVD’s. She’s kind of scary, but at least I get a decent work out in the comfort of my living room.
*This may be the worst / most frightening photoshopping job I’ve ever done. Sorry Jillian.

2.) Get more adventurous with my cooking. This goal could be interrupted by the aforementioned goal (as I’ll be getting home later). Perhaps on my off days, however, I’ll try to experiment a bit more with exciting cuisines like Moroccan and Greek and delve more into the world of healthifying comfort foods.*Braised Chicken with Dates and Moroccan Spices from Bon App├ętit November 2010

3.) Make my surroundings more beautiful. We live in an older, small, one bedroom apartment. Translation: we don’t have marble counter tops, walk-in closets, or an airy living room. However, this doesn’t mean we can’t make small improvements that make the place feel nicer. For instance, we recently went to Ikea and purchased this island, and it has revolutionized my life. We had a lot of open floor space, so finally decided to fill it up with something useful. Oh my god, it’s amazing. I have so much more counter space and it’s pretty to boot. Score.* We (meaning Ross) treated it with furniture oil so it’s more of a golden color. I’m in love.

4.) Make my blog more awesomer. I started blogging in June and have come to really love sweeter salt. It’s my little interweb baby! I really want to maximize its potential, boost my readership and get to know other bloggers better. I have a feeling that 2011 will bring some great Portland blogger projects, and I would love to work with bloggie buddies from other areas as well.

I guess that’s it! Do you guys have any goals you’d like to maintain in 2011?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Salt = sodium = bad. Sweet = calories = bad. Well, isn't that just a bleak outlook. I firmly believe that without salt and without sweet we all just live in a world of lettuce. Plain lettuce. Fun? No. This blog is about life. Namely, my life. But, not that specific. I myself am simply not that interesting. I live an ordinary life, work an ordinary job and do ordinary things. But... life is all about experiencing that feeling you get when you really, really like something. If you don't feel a little warm in your heart when you walk into a farmer's market or try on a piece of beautiful clothing that fits you perfectly (that just so happens to be a great deal!) then you should probably keep on a' movin' from my little plot of internet. Sweeter salt is my metaphor for the good things in life, sprinkled over everything in moderation. Banana? Kinda boring. Banana smoothie - yum! White tank top? Yawn. Statement necklace layered over said tank - now we're talking! I live in Portland, Maine. I love cooking, eating out, riding my bike and approachable fashion. This blog does not chronicle my every waking moment. This is because you will probably not be entertained by the 10th day in a row that I eat the exact same salad for lunch. It does chronicle a healthy, active, fun-filled, colorful lifestyle, in Portland and beyond. It also covers dogs. Cute ones mostly.
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10 Responses to Goals for the New Year

  1. Elle Sees says:

    those are mine exactly. seriously!
    and why you putting your head on my body? hmph. ;)

  2. kate says:

    hey, i had an island from ikea that i fell in love with too! it was on loan, and it fit perfectly in a spot in my old apartment. it changed my kitchen life. so useful. and let’s do another blogger happy hour/meet up to liven up the doldrums of winter.

  3. Sues says:

    I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging since June! And you’re blog is already totally awesome! Hehe I love your photoshop job… But I hope you don’t end up actually looking like that in real life! Happy New year :)

  4. Jemina says:

    Happy New Year dear, I Love your resolutions :)

    Wishing you Love and Happiness in 2011

    Kisses
    Jemina
    xoxo

  5. Mads says:

    I love that you want to make your blog “more awesomer”. haha
    I hate resolutions too, but I usually try to make some very vague and easily attainable statement at the beginning of the year. This year was to “get to know California better”. Let’s hope I can do that.

    Good luck on your goals!

  6. Peggy says:

    Love your goals! Definitely think you can accomplish them! One of ours is to try to get more proactive with our grocery bill (like making it a lot smaller!). We’re making our own bread from now on and hopefully will have a more successful garden this year!

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  8. You have set some great goals! I also want my blog to grow this year. Going on Goals is a fairly young blog as well, but I have spent so much time developing it that I just want to see it flourish.

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