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New year, new goals, new you and all that... or that's how it's supposed to work, right? If you've been following along since the beginning, you may remember that this is all what finally spurred me to start this blog in the first place. My New Year's Resolution for last year was to try to think more positively, and I started my blog as a place to share the good things going on in our lives. It's changed a bit since its inception, but it's still a place to focus on the good stuff. I'm inclined to say that I think I did a pretty good job with keeping with my resolution  over the past year, though it's something that will be ongoing for the rest of my life. Plus, my super negative thinking and dwelling at this time last year was mostly coming from my dissatisfaction with being a working mom, and that's no longer the case. So, I'm not sure if I have actually changed my way of thinking and got better at seeing the positive side of things, or if I just got what I wanted :) Nonetheless, I am a much happier and positive person (most days) now than I was a year ago. So, on to this year...

1) Think positive. Be positive. Be grateful. Be happy. I'll admit here for all of the word to see (should all of the world be interested), I went the self-help book route earlier in the year and listened (to most... or half... hey, finding time to sit and listen and focus on an audio book with a baby or toddler running around is hard! And, it was a library loan, so after 2 two week check-outs and still not finishing, I may have given up) to Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil. Like I said, I didn't get through the whole thing. Actually, I probably missed the most important part, where he actually gives suggestions on how to put various things into practice, but I got a good overall idea that being grateful for what you have instead of focusing on what you don't have or want is a key factor in a persons overall level of happiness. So, that's what I try to do. Maybe I should try to finish that book....

3) Eat more like Adelaide. I try so hard to make sure Adelaide is eating a balanced and healthy diet. There have been waaaay too many times when I realized that while Adelaide has eaten several servings of fruits and vegetables, plenty of dairy and healthy grains, I have eaten nothing but bread and sugar all day. Not a single  morsel of anything resembling healthy has touched my mouth. I give into my cravings (usually of sugar) constantly and then wonder why I have no energy. So, I'm going to try to start feeding myself more like I feed my daughter. I want to live a long and healthy life, and be a part of as much of Adelaide's life as I possibly can, and I know being healthy is the only way that's going to happen.

3) Make money from doing something I enjoy... That's not really something I can really control completely, so I guess I should say something more like: explore options for making money doing something I enjoy. It would be my ultimate dream to figure out a way to make a living, or at least supplement our income by blogging or baking. Unfortunately, I am self-taught in both of those categories, so I'm not sure how much I can really expect from those things. Other options I would like to explore would be selling handmade items or doing something with photography, which I've learned at least a bit about. I started an Etsy shop, putting my own beloved welcome sign up for sale to see if there might be any interest in something like that. 

Okay, this has gotten long, and Jordan's waiting on me... so bye for now. Hope there aren't too many typos! Share your New Year's Resolutions/Goals in the comments if you want!


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