31 December 2012

I Resolve...

It's that time of year to get out the old list of the New Year's resolutions we didn't quite follow through with last year.

I don't see much of a point in waiting until January first to start a resolution. I start right when I think about it, so by the time the first comes around, I'll already feel committed rather than obligated.

I also break my resolutions down into smaller goals.

You'll also notice numbers at the end of some of the goals. I am participating in the 101 in 1001 challenge and some of the goals could help me complete some of my 101 tasks.

My goals for 2013 are:

1) Finish writing the draft of a writing work in progress

Designate a day of the week to write for a minimum of 15 minutes.
Conduct thorough background research for my  notes.
No editing while writing.

2) Establish a daily routine

3) Establish healthy habits (#18)

Elimintate meat from diet.
Exercise: bicycle commuting, yoga (#17), and cardio throughout the week. Strength training as desired.
Make an effort to sit and stand up straight. Work on relaxing shoulders to avoid backpain.
Drink at least 2 liters of water a day by carrying waterbottle. (#31)
Follow the five ingredient rule.
Reduce pop intake.
Reduce sugar intake. (#35)
Make meals at home ahead of time.
Brush and floss twice a day.

4) Become as eco-friendly as possible 

Invest in reusable goods (such as produce bags, handwarmers, sandwich bags, lunch boxes, teabags, swiffer pads, paper towels, bowl covers)
Only drive when absolutely necessary. (# 76)
Begin using homemade laundry detergent. (#50)
Use natural cleaning supplies (lemon juice, vinegar, water, baking soda) (#51)

5) Focus on savings

Pay bills immediately after getting paycheck.
Budget any extraneous profit and deposit budgeted money into savings.
Five dollar savings plan
30 day waiting list for any items desired. (#46)
Thrift shopping for any clothing purchases needed, if can't be found online for under $10 (excludes intimates).

[Edited 01.01.2012] I hadn't quite pinned down how I wanted to tackle my language progression this year. So it wasn't included in the original post.

6) Maintain languages (ASL, French, German, & Spanish) (#6 #61)

Use the Radio Lingua Network as a lesson guide for subject vocabulary for French, German & Spanish
Personal study of grammar as a supplement to vocabulary
Bill Vicars ASLU as a guide to maintain ASL
Google+ Communities & Language Practice Hang Outs to get in some "face to face" practice.
Use the Pomodoro Technique to prevent burn out

What are your New Year's resolutions??

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29 December 2012

See a professional ballet

Now that the holiday season is coming to an end, I guess I can write a little update. Especially from my 101 in 1001 list, as there are some great updates on that. I'll space them out over the next few days/weeks so I'll actually be posting. Oops. Life takes me away sometimes. Kudos to those bloggers dedicated and disciplined enough to write every day!

Number 92 on  my list is "See a professional ballet"

It's been a while since I've actually seen a ballet done by a professional company, rather than a local ballet studio and it's students. Riley and I went into Spokane to see the State Street Ballet put on The Nutcracker (my favorite holiday tradition).

As a former dancer, I cherish the art and sport of ballet. The amount of artistry and strength it takes to convey a character and execute the steps perfectly is phenomenal and takes me into a different world.

You can take the dancer out of the dance, but you can't take the dance out of the dancer, I guess!

Riley really didn't know what to expect, but he enjoyed himself. The company did a great job of appealing to all audiences, and not stuffy old ballet-loving grandma's like me.

In true theater etiqutte, I didn't take any pictures during the show, but beforehand we did go and look at the Christmas Tree Elegance auction at River Park Square mall and the Davenport Hotel. Some great pictures were taken by the Spokane Review, which you can see here.

Each Christmas tree had a theme with themed and cash prizes and patrons bought raffle tickets to win them.

My favorite, since it was book themed. See the garland made out of book pages?

Christmas is really one of my favorite times of year.

Hope your holiday (whichever you celebrate, if at all) was great and Happy New Year to you all!

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