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January 8, 2014
Wetzel Chronicle

I've never been one for new year's resolutions. I've always thought it's just another day and a person can make a change whenever they decide to do so. However, I understand that without the "day" we may never make that change.

For some reason this year I have been at least thinking about new year's resolutions. I think that's mostly because I know I could use some changes in my life. I mean, really, who couldn't?!

The problem is that I know at least the beginning of 2014 is going to be extra hectic for me-with a reporter leaving the Wetzel Chronicle. I've been through this before. I know what's ahead and there is good reason to believe it could be even worse this time around. I don't relish it.

So any plans for eating healthier, exercising more, or becoming more organized are just plans for failure for me right now. I know it. Why bother?

But I think I do have one tiny resolution that I think I could keep. Really, it's tiny, why couldn't I? I would like to have a "homemade" lunch at least once a week (weekday). It can be leftovers or a sandwich I make and take to work, it can be going home for lunch, it can even be me making a sandwich at work. I don't care. I just need to stop this regular fast food habit I've fallen into. I know it's not healthy and often it's not cheap. Even if my "homemade" lunch isn't all that nutritious, it's probably better for me than a "99-cent heart attack".

Not only do I like this resolution because it is rather doable, I like that it is quantifiable. I think resolutions such as "read more" and "eat better" are doomed to failure-or even false positive results. Who is to say what constitutes "more"?

I would also like to scrapbook more in 2014. There are a couple problems with that resolution. Virtually any is more than I did in 2013 and I still won't have time to do it-I know this will be true, trust me.

However, I was thinking there is perhaps a way to get me to scrapbook more. I'm a deadline girl. Give me a deadline and I'll get the task completed . . . every time. Don't give me a deadline and see your request get pushed behind everything that has a deadline. That's how I operate. It's all about time priorities.

So I'm thinking I'm going to give myself a monthly scrapbook challenge. For instance, complete a page about your childhood or incorporate ribbon into a page. It doesn't have to be a big challenge, just something to get me moving. If I meet those challenges, that come with a monthly deadline, then I will have at least 12 (or more likely 24 since I prefer two-page layouts) pages finished by the end of the year.

Yeah, maybe a couple new year's resolutions wouldn't be so bad after all.



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