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New Beginnings #21


To remind you of the way this works, here’s how to play:

First — post your list of New Years’ Resolutions in a post at your blog (or in the comments here, if you don’t have a blog).

Second — every week, on Wednesday, write a new post about how you’re doing with each of your goals … you’ll have to list them, again, each week, as people won’t remember what you’re working towards, otherwise. Be brief in your updates, as there may be several blogs to visit! ((come give a quick update here at Should Be Reading, if you don’t have a blog)).

Third — after you’ve written your update, come back to Should Be Reading, and share your link so that we –the other New Beginnings participants– can stop by your blog and encourage you!

Important! … It would be absolutely great if you could visit at least ONE other participant’s blog  on Wednesdays and leave a comment on their post to share some encouragement for their efforts! Show your support! That’s what this event is all about — standing by each other to finally reach our goals!

NOTE:It's the middle of the year already and I was inspired by a recent post from our New Beginnings hostess MizB to reevaluate my 2010 goals/resolutions. So, I've made a newish list. It's slightly less complicated and will hopefully be easier for me to follow.

1. Health and Fitness
o   Get down to size 14. I stepped on the scale for the first time since June and discovered I've lost an additional 7 pounds! I'm still at size 16, but I have to wear a belt with most of the pants!
o   Try three new recipes per month (one of which will be vegetarian). I used the crock pot twice this weekend to cook Jamacian Jerk salmon (as suggested by Make it Fast, Cook it Slow by Stephanie O'dea) and Chicken Parmesean from the Eating for Life book by Bill Phillips. Both dinners came out deliciously and I didn't have to heat up an already hot house by using the oven!

o   Hit the gym four days per week. I made it to the gym for all my appointments last week and plan to this week as well.

2. Writing (removed the poetry section since I probably won't be writing any poetry at all this year, and I'd rather not stress out over it)
o   Write 1st draft of a novel. I got a lot of inspiration during last weekend's Central Coast Writer's Conference, but I'm still having trouble finding time to write.  
o   Write a(nother) complete novel during NaNoWriMo. Begins November 1st and continues through November 30th. 

3. Photography
o   Take more artistic photos. I got a few pretty good shots last weekend at the Conference and a few shots of the fog-covered boats in Morro Bay. 
o   Spend more time composing photos rather than just “point and shoot”. Nothing new here. I just haven't been inspired lately.
o   Go "old school": take some pictures using film with manual 35mm camera. Not done recently.
4. Homefront
o   Organize stuff. My stuff is pretty well organized right now, but who knows how long that will last.  
o   Reduce clutter. I put more stuff for sale on eBay today - relisted some things and added several pair of jeans in sizes 16 and 18.   

5. Fun Stuff
o   Go to the beach. Mom and I have made it to the beach TWICE this month! Once on our vacation to Pismo Beach and then last weekend we stayed at the Inn at Morro Bay in Morro Bay while I was attending the Writer's Conference.  
o   Get new ink. Probably not going to happen this year.