January Review of Goals

So i am going to try and keep on top of my 2012 goals and update how I have been doing. So here’s the results:

Goal #1: Put my toes in sand at least 5 separate times. I have a trip planned for the beach in a few months I am counting down!!

Goal #2: Have at least 100 workouts at Curves and 50 more general workouts. I only have 10 workouts for January, not great, but not horrible either since I would hit my 100 Curves, but I need to beef up the general workouts. I do have a plan for that. 

Goal #3: Try on average one new recipe a week and blog about it (that’s 52 recipes). I have been doing this, and many of you have been loving the new recipes. Right now they are mostly crock pot recipes, but I will try to do some more.

Goal #4: Visit at least one new place (I have been in the habit in 2011 and 2010 of going back to old familiar, favorite places but I need to see someplace new in 2012). Nothing happened here yet, but I do have one location planned (same place as number 1). And hopefully some others will happen.

Goal #5: Spend more of my time (not just my money) on doing good in the world. I have not done as much with this as I would like, but i have plans for February so I consider that progress. With my new job it’s hard to commit to something because of travel, but i know I can’t use that as an excuse.

Goal #6: Read more intellectually stimulating books (not just chick lit), goal of 5 this year. It’s early, so I still have time for this one, but right now I am at zero. Do you have a book recommendations for me?

Goal #7: Take at least 10 pictures a month (with my new camera) and blog about them, no iphone photos! So i took way more than 10 photos with the camera, but I only posted 7 this month. But I am motivated to do more!! I will have to ask if I can post photos of people (even if i don’t name them) since I plan on doing a bit of that in Feb.

Goal #8: Make healthier choices when I eat out so I feel better about my food choice. I have been eating sometimes better choices, and I mostly have been leaving food behind, so I think I am doing well with this. I have been eating out more than I would like but at least I am making healthier choices.

Goal#9: Save money and have a Treat Yo Self Day (click the link to see the video this has been inspired by). I haven’t done anything with this, and given the current state of my plans for the next few months I may decide to cancel this goal. It really isn’t a good one for me because I sadly am not great a putting off what i want to do and so would I really be treating myself? Thoughts on this one?

So readers how are you doing with your 2012 goals? Any suggestions on my goals? Thanks for helping keep me on track!


Gearing up to walk

Yes I know it’s only 3 miles, but it’s for a good cause and it’s going to be an emotional 3 miles. This year instead of walking to honor my grandmother, I am walking in memory of her! She passed away in March from Alzheimer’s and I am walking not only in her memory but for all those in my family that have suffered because of this horrible disease.

It’s one that is so hard for both the individual and the family. It’s a disease that touches so many of us every day. I am sure you have seen a silver alert for those missing because they went for a walk and never came back. They just couldn’t quite remember that day where they live or thought it was a place they lived in 50-60 years ago.

I walk to support myself in a way because I am hoping before I get old enough to experience the possible affects of this disease that we have found a cure.

So support me as I walk, even just $10 helps! Thanks in advance. http://walktoendalz.kintera.org/columbia/lucky13lc

Sometimes a Little Oprah is all you need

>I just watched history (ok history on my DVR) but still history. I have a voice that needs to be heard! And today listening to Oprah talking about it made it that much more true. Follow your passion, make a difference in the world and you, each one of you, has influence!

Influence is such an interesting concept. I think about it often actually, and how influence changes the path of life at any given moment. Hmm using influence to further your work, God’s work. And the thought, what you put into the world is what you get back, or what I consider karma….because let’s be honest I believe everything happens for a reason and even more importantly karma is something that is very real! I have so many instances in my life where I have experienced karma, both good and bad. Most recently I posted about birthday gifts, and at this point in my life there really isn’t much I need or want for, and what means more to me is your donation to Alzheimer’s foundation to support the good work they do! And guess what a good friend heard me and made a donation in my honor to Alzheimer’s!

Also because I don’t usually do this I had some serious hard conversations about being my a pebble….and it’s awesome how sometimes having the courage to speak up and be heard is amazing! I can actually say I am proud of myself today.

>blogging before the blog party


So i have been totally ignoring my blog for the last few days because I have been CRAZY busy. So let’s recap the last few days. On Friday I celebrated my birthday with an amazing group of friends that I met at work. I am so lucky to be able to have a great group of people i can rely on and know they are awesome! Saturday was the work picnic at HighPoint Farm. They have a great facility and it was a great picnic despite the weather. The food was super delicious. Saturday night I was out celebrating with another group of friends. They are awesome in their own way by sticking by me all these years. We ate at Eggspectations and then out for a little party time (complete with live music) at Union Jacks. Sunday, was fun! I was up early to go see a few friends finish their first half-marathon. They were so impressive! Finished under 3 hours, which for the course is a great time, of course the first person finished in like 1 hour 18 minutes. It makes me really want to run a half, but I don’t think right now that’s possible, since I run NOT AT ALL!!
Then the work week started off with a bang. I worked late Monday night, then home to meet with condo board people to work on our rules and regs. Tuesday night was dinner at my FAVORITE restaurant in pretty much the whole world, Iron Bridge Wine Company. Of course I had some wine. 
We also had calamari and steak….can’t get much better than that. Oh wait yes you can, chocolate cake with peanut butter cream topping. 
Wednesday was our Health & Welfare Benefits Expo at work. I am so impressed with one of my coworkers, she did a fantastic job. Then I spent quality time with Curves
Besides all that I cooked crock pot lasagna, which I am so happy about because I have leftovers for lunch eat day this week. Tomorrow (Thursday) is a jam packed day, with lots of activities, like HoCo SHRM event in the AM then the HoCo Blogger party.
I want to send a HUGE SHOUT OUT to my friend Sherri for her unbelievably generous gift for my birthday. Many of you may think of all the material things I could have received, instead it as a donation in my name to the Alzheimer’s foundation. That means more to me than you know. If you would like to follow in her footsteps feel free to donate at www.alz.org.

>new ideas


so I have been thinking about what will get me energized again? I was talking to a friend tonight about how when i turn 32 this weekend I won’t be much different than I was at 31. Is that necessarily a bad thing, probably not because I have a pretty dang good life. I own my condo, I have a great job, an awesome SUV and great friends.Perhaps I am missing that someone special significant other, but I can’t complain too much. I live the life that allows me to enjoy the finer things like wine, good food at Iron Bridge and of course TRAVEL!! Oh and don’t forget the occasional Coach purse (yes I have quite a few).
So here I sit thinking of some new plans…one of them I may need some help with. As you may remember I mentioned how Alzheimer’s runs in my family, and how I have a passion to help the cause and find a cure. So what I am thinking is how I can turn some of my strengths into making a difference for the Alzheimer’s world. That being said I may be asking for all of you to help me in this journey and make a difference with me. Yes I know we ask so many people for their support for so many things, and we all have a personal connection, but after watching TV the last few weeks, losing my grandmother, and a few other things I truly believe we are on the brink of greatness when it comes to Alzheimer’s research. Stay tuned for how you too can help me on my journey! In the mean time feel free to donate to Alzheimer’s  for me or in memory of someone you lost to this horrible disease that is hard not only on the patient but the family that has to watch and endure the pain.