As I was driving my son home from his music lessons last night, the normally-quiet streets were filled with new joggers and walkers. Some were pushing brand-new jogging strollers and several others were walking or running with dogs. It’s the same every year, as the gyms and sidewalks fill up with those who’ve made New Year’s resolutions and are determined to stick with it this year. Unfortunately, the gyms and sidewalks will thin out come mid-February, but for now it’s nice to see so many out walking and jogging, giving it all of the effort a New Year’s new resolution deserves.
With the promise of a clean slate and a new year, I’m setting out to make 2011 a great one by making resolutions I can actually keep. (No I’m only eating seaweed crackers and Tofu this year. Learned my lesson on that one!)
First, I’m going to cook more. I enjoy cooking, but working full-time and running kids to various practices, games, and rehearsals doesn’t leave a lot of free time to spend on recipes. I usually toss together the old stand-bys (spaghetti night, chicken night, taco kit night), drive through a fast-food place, or order pizza. My waistline and my family will appreciate more effort to provide healthy, home-cooked meals, I’m sure.
Finances naturally spring to mind during January: It’s the start of a new year, tax season is here, and (after the holiday spending sprees) money is on everyone’s priority list. Perhaps you’ve decided to reinvent yourself and try something new. If so, US News and World Report’s list of the best careers for 2011 may come in handy. Or, maybe you want to pay off bills. I’m planning to be a little more frugal this year (not spending as much money on burger joints and pizza delivery, for example).
The reason I want to be more frugal? I want to travel more! My passion is finding new places to explore. Our recent trip up to Chicago has inspired me to finally visit some of those places on my to-go list: Charleston, the coast of Maine, New Orleans, and Seattle. I probably won’t make it to all of these places this year, but I’m hoping to get to at least two of the four.
Make some simple resolutions you’ll enjoy keeping, and have a safe and happy 2011!