2012 Goals

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If you haven’t noticed over the past few years, I’m definitely on team goal setting when it comes to the New Year (and well, the entire year for that matter). I know a lot of people don’t believe in setting resolutions or goals at the start of the year, but I find goals are a great way for me to figure out what I want to strive for and how I’m going to get there. I look at it as a way to review the past year, see what worked and what didn’t, and then decide how I want to proceed, grow, and challenge myself in the new year ahead.

I also don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing when you get to the end of the year and there are goals that weren’t completed. As many of you mentioned in my 2011 recap post, having uncompleted goals is completely natural. As the year progresses, often do our plans and goals. One person can only do so much and it’s normal for uncompleted goals to carry over into the new year. To me, the point of a goal is to move in the direction where you want to be, not attain perfection.

This year, Eric and I had a fun discussion about 2011 and what we want to accomplish in 2012.  It was a great way to share our own goals, current struggles, and things we want to do in the future. Many of our goals are the same, but many of them are different so we created a spreadsheet to write down his goals, my goals, and goals we share together. It was a fun experience because I feel like I can now support all of his goals (since I know about them) and the same goes for him.

My theme of 2012: Break out of the comfort zone

As a Taurus, I crave comfort and routine (and hate change most of the time), however this can easily translate into lack of growth and failing to step outside of my comfort zone. I often prefer to take the safe and comfortable choice instead of trying something new. In 2012, I will challenge myself by doing things that I normally avoid out of fear and just take the leap anyways. I’ve been working on this since fall 2011 and I’m ready for more. There are a lot of things I want to do with the blog (such as visiting an animal sanctuary and doing an interview), so I’ve made a list of things to keep me on track. My plan is to write at least one thing on my calendar a week that I want to try.

Goals for 2012:

1. Track expenses and create a budget using mint.com

Eric and I recently decided that we need a budget overhaul, so we’ve decided to use Mint.com after much debate.

2. Sign with publisher & finish cookbook manuscript in 2012

This is my biggest, time-consuming, scary goal of 2012.

3. Submit to Foodgawker and Tastespotting on a regular basis

I used to submit my photos and recipes to Foodgawker and Tastespotting on a regular basis, but I got out of the habit last year when things got busy. It can be quite time-consuming (especially if you’ve had 10 rejections in a row like I have!! ^#%^&%#@#^&), but it’s also a great way to share recipes with the food community and encourage new readers.

4. Train for a couple races and strength train 2x a week

After a break in 2011, I‘m ready for more racing. I’m planning on running a 5k in April so far and I’d like to train for another 10k or half marathon, depending on my schedule. I also want to keep up with my strength training to a minimum of twice per week using at-home DVD workouts and effective body-resistance exercises such as push-ups, squats, lunges, etc.

5. Organize & Simplify

Being bad at organizing like I am is not fun. For one, things are disorganized, cluttered, and difficult to find. Secondly, it ends up taking up more of my time in the end because I’m often searching for missing items or documents. If I would’ve taken the time to slow down and do it right, I would not only feel more orderly and calm, but I would probably end up saving time.

I started by cleaning out all of my cupboards and pantry at the end of 2011. I donated a bunch of things I don’t need and opened up a lot of cupboard space. Other organizational goals include keeping my virtual and physical desktops clear, organizing my photography files, legible hand-writing (ha), creating an organized system for my cookbook materials, and simplifying living space and doing away with annoying clutter.

I’ll let you know how that one goes.

6. Get back to my positive mindset

I’ve felt internal negativity creep up in my life lately and I need to get back to my positive mindset. Negativity is absolutely toxic in so many ways, isn’t it? It prevents us from being all we can be by sucking the life out of every thought, action, and intention. It kills creativity, personal expression, and the courage to believe in ourselves. The same thing goes for negative people in our lives. As Caitlin says, negative people are Energy Vampires. Not only do they drain themselves in the process, but they can suck the life out of you if you let them.

Zen Habits has a great article on 7 simple tips for dealing with negative people if you want to read more on the topic.

7. The Wild Card from 2011 will happen in 2012

Hopefully sooner than later because I can’t keep it a secret much longer.

And that’s all she wrote.

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How will you step outside of your comfort zone in 2012?

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 12, 2012

I’m trying to be more of a risk taker. I’ve always gone the “safe” route and have admired people who aren’t afraid to put themselves out on a limb. I also want to adapt a more positive attitude in my life. The latter part of 2011 was a real downer in the work area. So far 2012 is looking better and my attitude is improving, too.

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tea-bagginit January 12, 2012

i’m continuing my yoga practice – which is extremely scary and hard for me since i’m so used to long-distance running!

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh January 12, 2012

Those are wonderful goals and we have the same theme of stepping outside the comfort zone this year. It can add SO much to your life!

I can’t believe YOU ever get rejected from Foodgawker/TS!! Your pics are simply lovely and please don’t take this wrong but it make someone like me still working on composition and lighting feel slightly less inadequate that someone of your talent still gets the occasion poo poo from them. Keep submitting!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

Thank you! I feel like I still have a lot to work on but it’s a challenge I guess, even if frustrating sometimes.

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Kelly January 12, 2012

What is ‘The Wild Card’? An oh she glows baby?

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kristin January 12, 2012

Lol that’s the first thing I thought of.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

haha nope that is not the wild card. im not ruling that out in the future (I would talk about it openly if we were planning on it soon though).

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Michelle January 12, 2012

Rats, that was my thought….

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Shayla @ The Good Life January 12, 2012

Oooo darn!!! That was my #1 first thought too!!! Hmmm can’t wait to hear what it is! :)

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Natalie @fitjamericangirl.com January 12, 2012

Aww that’s what I thought too. Well then now I’m really stumped. Hmmm

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HeadChatter January 12, 2012

I cant wait to know your wildcard :) I have been a secret reader of your blogs and I have to say I seeeee me in you a LOT. :)

I resolve to chirp in here instead of being a silent reader/lurker!

Thank you for all that you do….

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

heh thank you!

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Andrea January 12, 2012

I’m guessing the wild card is an OSG baby too! Or perhaps a big career move?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

Not that I know of :)

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Irini January 13, 2012

no big career move? that was my first guess. an exciting trip perhaps? that could push you out of your confort zone…

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Deborah January 12, 2012

I joined a boot camp! I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of years and finally took the plunge last week. It’s really out of my comfort zone, but I’m committed for 10 weeks so I’m making the most of it! :-)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

Goodluck!! I bet you will feel so proud at the end of it.

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eatingRD January 12, 2012

Sounds like some great goals! I like setting goals to get in perspective and set myself up for success in the new year and throughout the year. I don’t believe you could get rejected either!! I’m a taurus as well and find myself trying to stay within my comfort zone. so true! I am working on getting more confident in bike racing because my mind can get the best of me for sure :)

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Therese January 12, 2012

We have the same goal for 2012! I want to be fearless and step out of my comfort zone! I started my own business last year and I know that if I don’t get out there and away from my computer I won’t get anywhere! I ended up joining a business program where I have to submit a monthly report so this will definitely get my butt in gear and face those fears of mine, I’m such an introvert!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

You are def. rocking the fearless thing Therese! We need to get together soon!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 12, 2012

Great list! I need to play around with Foodgawker and Tastespotting more. I love seeing what everyone else posts on those sites.

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Fanta January 12, 2012

Thanks for sharing your goals this year. I always like to read others because sometimes I find there are things I forgot to add to my list! :) ex: Keeping a positive mindset and organization.

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sarah January 12, 2012

The wild card thing is killing me! Dont make us wait much longer! One of my goals is to try to find more vegan restaurants around. I just found out about the Kind resaurant in Burlington. Have u tried it?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

Yes I did try it just after they opened a while back. I’ve been meaning to try it again because my first experience was just ok, but Ive heard great things about it!

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Jasper Naomi January 12, 2012

is that where you went with Ashley? im such a stalkerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! :D

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char @ char on a mission January 12, 2012

And the Naked Sprout in Burlington…try it, too! I loved their nachos!

http://thenakedsprout.com/

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

Ive been meaning to try it out! Im down for nachos :)

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Jamie January 12, 2012

I absolutely ADORE mint.com! We find it really useful to track spending (especially on groceries), and it’s awesome to see our net worth slowly going up.

We have all of our bank accounts, credit cards, mortgage, pension, RSPs, TFSAs…super useful you will love it :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

Glad to hear that :)

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Starla January 12, 2012

Sounds like 2012 will be very productive for you ! I could just follow your goals as my own.lol…A Glow Baby, thats it right ?? May 2012 be the year of many blessings for you :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

That isn’t the wild card, but who knows what the future holds! Happy 2012 to you as well.

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Wendy Irene January 12, 2012

If you need an idea for #4 Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 is great! Found it at Costco. I’m working on my push-ups right now with that video. Still have a long way to go. Join me!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

oh ive been wondering about that one, thanks for the tip :)

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 12, 2012

Submitting to the food sites is quite a timesuck some days! If I submit to FG, TS, and another 3 or 4 more, and each site I submit 2 photos…yeah, I need an assistant just to help me with my recipe submissions. Lol :)

Positive mindset is key! One of my goals for 2012 (and just in general the older I get) is to surround myself with positive people and positive energy. If a person is a drain, negative, toxic or a situation is that way…I pull back and try to distance myself from it or them.

Thanks for being so open with your goals. Can’t wait to hear about the wild card!

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Lee January 12, 2012

I didn’t know that craving routine was a Taurus quality. I am also a Taurus and such a creature of habit and thrive on routine.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

Word

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julia January 12, 2012

horoscopes are silly…don’t put too much faith in them, they might hold you back!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 12, 2012

I think I might have been a Taurus in a past life too because I totally crave routine!! Your goals for 2012 are awesome Ange, and I think we’re going to have plenty to talk about this weekend!! I just started submitting to Foodgawker and am definitely not getting my hopes up because my photography is nowhere near as gorgeous as yours…. but maybe one day! :)

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Sonia The Mexigarian January 12, 2012

I will either A.) look for a new job or B.) become a full time artist/writer . . . . . though option B might be a little too much. I need to pay my bills somehow and I haven’t had a steady income from my artwork :(

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JL goes Vegan January 12, 2012

Hmmm, my wildcard guess is that you are pregnant and so good at keeping a secret that you’re going to have a baby any day now! Then you can run that April 5k! Or not… LOL

I think your overall goal theme is great –it really is easy to stay where we’re most comfortable. Thanks for sharing.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

you are funny JL!!

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Katie January 12, 2012

My goal for the new year is to take a cue from Carole King and remember that I’m as beautiful as I feel. I gained some weight last year and that generally leads to (or maybe comes from. chicken/egg) me not taking pride in how I look. But I got to thinking that I’m not even 30 yet, but I continually feel frumpy and dumpy because I don’t present myself as well as I’d like. So last weekend, I went and bought some pants that fit *now* instead of pants that will fit when I lose a few pounds, freshened up my (barely used) makeup kit, and bought some new cute shoes (I think my boss thinks I’ve been going on interviews. oops ;) ). This weekend, I am getting a haircut for the first time in forever. And I’ve been working harder at losing the weight I had put on, so hopefully it will all come together and give me new confidence and pleasure in my appearance.

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Tara January 12, 2012

YOU GO GIRL!!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

Hi Katie, I’m sorry to hear about feeling that way, but I think it’s great you are making so many changes to help yourself feel better and inspired to create other changes in your life. I too get into ruts, especially working from home and not having to bother with myself, but I always know that if I put the extra effort in to dressing nicely and whatnot I feel so much better. Its amazing what a well fitting piece of clothing can do. Goodluck with everything, but I dont think it sounds like you need it!

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Liz January 12, 2012

My comfort zone was kind of pushed sooner than I would have liked last year, after some unexpected personal bowls of yuck involving growing our family, and my dad getting sick. So this year, while trying to deal with those and hope for more positive things, you’re theme of comfort zone speaks pretty loudly (get that air horn outta my ear!! :)). I’d like to start my photography business (kind of, sort of did last year but pretty tiny), get my body back to normal, figure out our bigger goal of moving countries, get over a lot of my worries/fears, maintain the great strength routine I have going at the moment (twice a week is totally doable Angela!), travel with my husband to new as well as old places, to connect better with my family and friends. And to be present throughout all this goal seeking. Often I am distracted by worries and not really listening to the person/people I am talking with or being a part of an event or simple thing like going out for dinner. Trying to be more mindful of that.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

Amazing and thoughtful goals Liz. Im wishing you many blessings in 2012! It sounds like you have a gameplan :)

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Jennifer P. January 12, 2012

Stepping out of my comfort zone would be opening my own freelance graphic design business. I am soooo not good with the business/tax side of things, and that’s what scares me the most…along with not making enough to get by. I’m currently employed full time, but my dream would be to free myself from the corporate environment and freelance full time…that would be heaven! I’m hoping I can get the guts in 2012 to pull this off!!! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

The business/tax side of things is what scared me the most about glo bakery too. If I could do it again I would have hired someone to do all of that for me or taken a course so I knew how to do it on my own. It’s not crazy bad though, just a learning curve and sooo worth it if you want to branch out on your own. I think you will know when the time is right!

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Jasper Naomi January 12, 2012

i was itching (on my bus ride to work this morning) and keep itching to hear about OSG wild card and I am not sure if this classifies me as having no life or classifies me as just being in a season in life where I am super excited about what others are experiencing!

negative thoughts – you’ve said a LOT of very accurate things about that and it’s encouraging to hear you being so open about them…if anything, just sharing them openly takes away the deadly power and gloominess that keeping them in the secret would.

Angela, you’re a gem. keep shining, you will, because you may not even know how much you are even when you don’t feel it…

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Cait's Plate January 12, 2012

I LOVE mint.com – I definitely recommend it!

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Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 12, 2012

Sooo curious about the wild card! Any hints??

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

I answered a few Q’s up top :)

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Nadine January 12, 2012

Great goals! I hope you get thAt book published, you always have such fantastic recipes, that my meat eating husband likes.

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Brittany January 12, 2012

I’m actually working out 6X a week and training for a half marathon. This year I’m stepping out of my comfort zone by documenting my fitness and lifestyle change on my blog which is intimidating. I’m also going to definitely try some of your vegan dishes, which is a step out of my comfort zone.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

Nice goals…I hope you enjoy the recipes!

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Cat @ Breakfast to Bed January 12, 2012

I like to play a game called “how many different ways can I get rejected by foodgawker! I’m REALLY good at that game. I could win the food porn rejection olympics.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

LOL…I’m pretty sure I’d give you a run for the money!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 12, 2012

Oh the FG and TS rejections can get soooo frustrating. The inconsistency between editors can drive me crazy! Can I ask a totally unrelated question?…How do you get the pin it button on the bottom of your posts? Is it a plug in or from the pinterest website?

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char @ char on a mission January 12, 2012

I’m pretty sure we have the same birthday and it really is funny how stuck in their ways Tauruses are – because I really am, too. I just started my new semester at Guelph on Monday and because I was so used to my old semester, I immediately hated being on campus for this new-to-me class arrangement. It’s obviously something so small and I knew it, but I still couldn’t help but hate the change!

New focus for me too: change IS good! haha

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Julie (A Case of the Runs) January 12, 2012

Great goals!

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life January 12, 2012

These are really some great goals and the best thing about year-long goal-setting is you can set some really ambitious goals knowing you have so long to actualize them!

Can’t wait to hear about your wild card goal…so curious! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

so true :)

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Beth January 12, 2012

Thanks for sharing your goals. I posted mine on my blog, too.

Have you heard of The Positivity Blog? http://www.positivityblog.com/ I’ve found it very helpful in shifting from my automatic negative thinking into a more positive thought process.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

I will check it out, thanks!

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Courtney January 12, 2012

I’m gonna take a wild guess that you’re pregnant…:) you would’ve been the third person I “know” this week to announce a bun in the oven!

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Scarlette McIntyre January 12, 2012

Well as I can see most people think you are going to have a baby. Im going to guess you guys are considering moving to the west coast. Or….something to do with Glo Bakery. Either way, hope it works out :)

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Carolyn @ HealthKitten.com January 12, 2012

I’m dealing with a tough bout of depression/negative self-image right now, so I totally feel you on getting back to a more positive mindset. There’s days I just don’t want to get out of bed! So I’m trying to concentrate on positive thoughts, eating whole foods and getting enough exercise. But it’s hard when the negativity is coming from within…

As far as goals, I want to do another half marathon and this spring start my own garden.

Speaking of gardening, I’d love to read a 2011 gardening recap – you know, the trials and tribulations you had. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

Hey Carolyn, I’m sorry to hear about your struggles right now with depression and negative mind set. I’m glad that you have a game plan to help you through this time. I also find talking to a friend or family memember helps so much. Oh if you are interested about a recap, I kinda did one here talking about what I learned: http://ohsheglows.com/2011/07/08/lessons-from-a-new-gardener/

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Katie January 12, 2012

I love Zen Habits and read it daily! :)

This past year, with partial thanks to Zen Habits, I’ve developed a minimalist lifestyle. Last year, I helped my parents declutter their house to get ready to sell… and it took 8 months, every single weekend. Phew! But it sold and we all couldn’t be happier.

It got me thinking how 30 years of accumulated “stuff” really drains a person. My parents have more energy now and I know it’s because they aren’t burdened by things anymore. We decluttered while my dad was recovering from surgery for cancer, both grandparents died, and while my brother went through a divorce. It was a stressful time. I completely decluttered my home and have only 20% of the stuff I once had and I will tell you, my life is so much more peaceful and calm.

So this year, since I don’t have to spend my free time cleaning all of my “stuff” in my home, I’m going to start volunteering more of my time to those in need. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

Amazing goal Katie. I love hearing about the positive effects of the decluttering too. Eric and I did a huge declutter last year, donated it all, and it felt great not to have stuff around we didnt need. Im certainly a lot more mindful of what I bring into the house now, but the clutter does creep up fast!

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! January 12, 2012

Can’t wait to hear what the “wild card”!!! I love surprises!!! Any hints perhaps?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012

I answered a few questions about it at the top of the comments :)

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Emily (Edible Psychology) January 12, 2012

What a wonderful and inspiring list of goals. Within reach, but definitely challenging to put all of them into practice.

And I had never heard of Foodgawker or Tastespotting, but I am going to have to check them out. I’m not sure if I’m ready to submit my own recipes yet (especially if any of your recipes are being rejected!) but it’s good to know about them.

Like everyone else above, I am very excited to hear about your wild card, as it sounds like something wonderful and you deserve a fantastic 2012!

~Emily~

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