My 4 Best Grapes

Image courtesy of luigi diamanti /

Image courtesy of luigi diamanti /

I always have a lot of new year’s resolutions.  It’s easy to think of things to change, a thing or two to stop doing and new stuff to implement in the up coming year.  I usually accomplish most of my goals, however, this past year of caring for a new baby not only changed my daily priorities but also put a halt to a number of my goals.

I once listened to an interesting TED Talk by Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself.  He referenced a study which found that telling other people your goals can be a downfall.  In summary by telling someone what you plan to do, you get a bit of affirmation and if it’s enough you feel as if you don’t need to actually achieve said goal.  I’m sure there is some truth in that but none the less I’m going to share my top new year’s resolutions.

This year my husband and I spent new years with a group of his friends.  It was a really fun gathering and our host’s family set us up to celebrate the occasion with the Latin American tradition of eating 12 grapes for each stroke of midnight.

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Image courtesy of satit_srihin /

Here are my top 4 plans for the New Year:

#4 Keep setting goals and make plans to achieve them.  Part of what has thrown me off from my goals is a complete lack of organization when it comes to them.  The more complex weekly and monthly goals might be broken down into more do-able segments.  Using my agenda, maintaining my motivation and setting reminders will be key.

#3 Write at least a weekly blog post.  I fell far far off that goal last year.  What held me back is that I put a lot of thought into what I write.  In fact I put so much thought into some of them that it hindered my posting process.  Example: I would get a great idea for a post, start writing and then keep it in the draft phase.  During that time, I would come up with something else to write and the cycle continued.  To change that I will try to make my posts simple, sweet and published within 7 days of the initial idea.

#2 Exercise and/or stretch every day.  I know it is unrealistic in my schedule to get a good work out every single day but I can at least do something even if its only 10 reps or 10 minutes of an activity.  When it comes to exercise something is better than nothing.

#1 Minimize the amount of processed and unhealthy foods we eat by making meals from scratch and using healthy recipes.  This is actually something I’ve been doing for a while but with this goal I want to kick it into high gear.  Now that we have a toddler she wants to eat exactly what we eat directly from our plate.  As a result I find that what we eat is not so great for toddlers, and thus not so great for us either.  I want every meal we prepare to be toddler friendly by being low in salt, flavorful but not over spiced, not at all or minimally processed and not be greasy.  Our health is my top priority.

What are your plans for 2014?

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