2012 Goals

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 12, 2012

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[The gorgeous Calgary, Alberta]

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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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm

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 at 1:36 pm

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 at 1:38 pm

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 at 2:04 pm

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 at 1:39 pm

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

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kristin January 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Lol that’s the first thing I thought of.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm

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 at 2:29 pm

Rats, that was my thought….

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Shayla @ The Good Life January 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm

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 at 11:58 pm

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

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HeadChatter January 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

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 at 4:08 pm

heh thank you!

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Andrea January 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm

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 at 4:33 pm

Not that I know of :)

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Irini January 13, 2012 at 7:59 am

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 at 1:43 pm

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 at 4:34 pm

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

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eatingRD January 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm

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 at 1:45 pm

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 at 4:46 pm

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 at 1:46 pm

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 at 1:46 pm

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 at 1:47 pm

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 at 2:07 pm

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 at 2:14 pm

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

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char @ char on a mission January 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm

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 at 4:07 pm

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

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Jamie January 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm

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 at 4:47 pm

Glad to hear that :)

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Starla January 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm

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 at 4:48 pm

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 at 1:57 pm

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 at 2:05 pm

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

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm

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 at 1:58 pm

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 at 2:06 pm

Word

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julia January 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm

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 at 2:03 pm

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 at 2:04 pm

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 at 2:07 pm

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 at 4:42 pm

you are funny JL!!

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Katie January 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm

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 at 2:33 pm

YOU GO GIRL!!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm

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 at 2:11 pm

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 at 4:50 pm

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 at 2:16 pm

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 at 4:52 pm

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 at 2:17 pm

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 at 2:22 pm

I LOVE mint.com – I definitely recommend it!

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Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Sooo curious about the wild card! Any hints??

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I answered a few Q’s up top :)

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Nadine January 12, 2012 at 2:29 pm

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 at 2:36 pm

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 at 4:54 pm

Nice goals…I hope you enjoy the recipes!

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Cat @ Breakfast to Bed January 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm

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 at 4:54 pm

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 at 2:38 pm

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 at 2:42 pm

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 at 2:47 pm

Great goals!

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life January 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm

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 at 4:40 pm

so true :)

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Beth January 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm

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 at 4:08 pm

I will check it out, thanks!

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Courtney January 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm

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 at 3:17 pm

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 at 3:21 pm

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 at 4:40 pm

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 at 3:23 pm

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 at 4:37 pm

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 at 3:27 pm

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 at 4:35 pm

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

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Emily (Edible Psychology) January 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm

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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Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed January 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm

One of my big goals for 2012 is to figure out my budget. I need to save more! As far as stepping out of my comfort zone, I’m signed up for my first half marathon in May! I’ve never run more than a 5K so this will definitely be a challenge, but I’m already training!!!

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Tiff January 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Great goals, especially the budget one. Good luck!

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Moni'sMeals January 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm

great list! I plan on practicing…BALANCE and Patience. and breathing too. :) Simple, yet not at all!

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Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 12, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I’ve had one photo accepted by foodgawker ever. And I had to submit it at least 4 times. Lame!
Organization is a big one for me. I’m so good about it in certain areas of my life, but definitely need to work on it in others. Love the idea of cleaning out your cupboards and donating what you don’t use… I feel like I did that not too long ago, yet they’re full again. What’s up with people buying so much “stuff?”
Best of luck with your goals in 2012!

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Heather @ Bake, Run, Live January 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Today I stepped out of my comfort zone. I gave my employer my resignation. After 13 years, it is time to move on and find happiness again.

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm

excellent goals for 2012! Can’t wait to hear more about the cookbook :D

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Sonia January 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Hi Angela,

Till now I was silent reader of your blog, but your this post enforced me to give you some nice words that you deserved. I’ve just found your site couple of weeks ago and happy to be here. Gal, I read your some posts with that before-after and it’s so inspiring. I noticed your smile in each photo, it’s always warm and hearty! Even my hubby impressed with your dedication and work. :-)

This post is so inspiring and pushed me to list down my own goals for 2012. I was so miserable and lost (nah..I’m happy with my hubby but seems clueless) but your energy, positive attitude and dedication really inspires me in many ways. Thanks SO much for everything you do here.

The above list is somewhat related to me. Zen habit’s “7 simple tips for dealing with negative people” is really beautiful and have already read it couple of times. Thanks for reminding for the mint.com.
Wish you all good luck for your new cookbook! I’ve bookmarked some of your recipes and will try one by one. I’m sorry if you find my comment such a loooong. :D

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 13, 2012 at 8:57 am

Thank you for your lovely comment Sonia! I’m happy that the list inspired you to write down your own goals. Happy 2012 to you!

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Irina G (Fit Flexitarian) January 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I totally agree with you on goal setting! It just helps to clarify the year and I don’t think it’s the end of the world if you have some goals that didn’t quite make it at the end of the year. I also like that you have a “theme” for the year. I did something similar by picking a “word” for 2012 (my word is “thrive”). I really like Mint, so I think you made a good choice there. And I am totally with you about foodgawker and tastespotting. That’s a biggie for me, too. I love those sites but sometimes forget or get too busy to do it. Good luck on making 2012 a successful year! :D

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Jess January 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Great post Angela- and congrats on your resolutions! I wish you all the best of luck with your cookbook aspirations. I’m sure you will find a publisher that will consider themselves lucky to have you as an author.
My biggest “comfort-zone” escape will be to embrace a vegan diet 90% of the time. I’ve been nervous to adapt to this lifestyle in such a big way, but by going 90% in 2012, maybe I’ll go 100% in 2013. :)

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jo @ includingcake January 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Totally with you on all of those goals….I definitely share your taurus tendancies too! (though i really try not to believe in horoscopes!) Zen Habits is great, I tend to suffer from a lot of self doubt at time when i’m breaking away against the ways of society and blogs like that (plus yours and others) help remind me i’m not the only one out there trying to carve my own little path. I wish you all the best with having an amazing year!

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bitt of raw January 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I personally I am not that into the foodgawker stuff but I think they are popular. Don’t forget finding vegan too!

I think you’d love to visit an animal sanctuary, it would change your life! What’s the closest one to you? Farm Santuary in Ithaca is great but maybe a little far, not sure what’s over the border…found this list though http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_animal_sanctuaries#Canada

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 13, 2012 at 8:54 am

Thanks! I will check out the list.

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Ricki January 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Great goals, inspiring, as usual! But the one thing that struck me most from your list is: I was right all along about Tastespotting and Foodgawker–their “approvals” are totally, totally, TOTALLY random!! If YOU got 10 rejections in a row, it’s clear that there is actually no logic behind their choices at all (which I’ve suspected for a while–especially when I review which of my own photos they have or have not accepted). Your photos (and recipes) are among the very best of all food blogs out there, vegan or otherwise.

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Victoria January 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Great goals! Mine is to cut way down on the amount of garbage my family creates. I read this amazing article in People where this family creates only a mason jar full of garbage each year! I usually take bags to the store with me, but, I am now reusing the produce plastic bags and crushing all the boxes I get. When you pay attention it is unbelievable the amount of garbage we make. Anyway, thanks for your amazing blogs and recipes. I really appreciate it.

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Karen January 12, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Your theme for 2012 is mine too…actually, it’s a constant work in progress. Oh, how I love living in the comfort zone, yet you identified the downside so well: stagnation.

But, I think you deserve some big praise for pursuing and attaining that book deal last year – certainly that effort qualifies as going for it!

I’m intrigued by your wild card news esp. since it’s not baby news. Second guess: a move to the states?

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Michelle January 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Ange I’ve followed you forever. I adore you. Be gentle with yourself, be patient with life, enjoy it lovely. We all get sucked into being negative vampires and I find it’s when I back off a bit, and give whatever space the event or my own mental head space needs room to breathe that I find my feet again. Sending love! You’re doing amazing things! xo

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Natalie January 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I bet the wild card is moving to beautiful Calgary! (where I live, and your mom, right?)

Hence the pic above!

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Natasha January 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Happy 2012 – and congrats on taking down your X-mas stuff! :)
Rob and I have decided to go with an amazing budgeting tool – (psssst…you can download it free from the net) – its’ called YNAB – or “You Need A Budget”…check it out and let me know!

Cheers,
Natasha

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[email protected] January 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Sounds like it’s going to be a great year for you. Best of luck with all of your plans! In terms of decluttering, I am still working on it. Another benefit is you can make a few bucks selling your items. We found it helped to dedicate all of the money we collected to a certain goal, the first of which was adopting a rescue dog a year and a half ago. We are saving for a trip to Italy now. It is more satisfying to do it this way than to just spend the money as it comes.

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Jennifer P. January 12, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Ooh ooh…I agree with Natalie – you’re moving to Alberta, aren’t you? ;)

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) January 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Ooooh pleeeeeeeaaaaaaassse tell us what the wild card is!!!!! If it is not a baby or a career move, I cannot imagine what it could be!!!!

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Neiry January 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Hi Angela,
I’ve been a reader for quite some time now and I was wondering how the granola bar business is going. I haven’t seen a mention of them in quite some time now and was hoping things were still going well. I’m very interested in starting my own business in the future, so I always liked hearing about that side :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 13, 2012 at 8:53 am

Hey Neiry, I actually wrote last year that I closed the business to pursue the blog, recipes, and writing full time. Goodluck with your business! If you have any questions, shoot me an email and Im happy to help.

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Nina @ Sweating It January 12, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Mint.com has been so helpful for me as I head out into adulthood! I make a point of it to log in for a long budget session once a week or so in order to categorize everything and make sure nothing strange is going on. I don’t think I could have survived my first semester of grad school without it!

Also, what a beautiful picture of Calgary! I’ve had the chance to enjoy Alberta twice in my young American life and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more gorgeous place…. and I don’t hesitate to tell my friends from the American Rockies that the Canadian Rockies just walk all over them :)

Thanks for sharing your goals- I feel like all the goal sharing going on in the blogging community right now is giving everyone the extra little push they need to git ’em done :)

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Gayatri January 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Good luck with everything. I’m sure 2012 is going to be AWESOME for you!

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Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles January 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I so need to step outside the box! Starting my blog, The Food Allergy Chronicles, was a big step for me. As a fellow Canadian, you are certainly an inspiration. I admire your photos, stories and recipes. Decluttering, reorganizing, setting a budget and researching and adapting new recipes are all goals of mine. I too undergo setbacks that make me question myself. I need to learn to keep negativity at bay and focus on the positive. Not always easy when you are dealing with multiple food allergies, eczema and asthma issues with your boys. We have been living in a bubble and we need to spread our wings. We have planned our first family getaway…it has been many years since we have ventured outside our comfort zone. I hope our little venture will encourage others with food allergy issues to expand their horizons. Good luck with your goals! Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles

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Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious January 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Everything you said is so true. Yes, you can begin new resolutions/goals any day, but New Years definitely just feels right. It is winter and we usually have more time to work on ourselves before we are chomping at the bit to get outside in spring. They say it takes 21 days to make a habit, so far 12 days in and I am doing well with my resolutions.

Keep posting your results…it is very motivating.

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Audrey January 12, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Love that line: “To me, the point of a goal is to move in the direction where you want to be, not attain perfection.”

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 12, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I really want to start stepping outside my comfort zone too. I read a quote somewhere that said “Life begins where your comfort zone ends” – it’s really inspired me to start taking more chances!

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Katrina Brush January 12, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Thanks for sharing your goals. It’s so inspiring to know that those I admire struggle with some of the same things I do. I am sharing your organization goals. I am trying to live by the one touch rule this year. Put things where they belong the first time you touch them. It really does make life easier.

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Sarah @ The Healthy Diva January 12, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Those sound like great goals angela!!! wishing you the best for 2012. I’ve definitely stepped out of my comfort zone this year but I know I’ll be rewarded if I keep heading towards my goals.

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Shimmy January 12, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I definitely want to move out of my hometown! I’ve lived in SD county my whole life!

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Keri January 12, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Wishing you a wonderful 2012…hope you meet all your goals and can forgive yourself for the ones you don’t. (something I’m working on from 2011!)

PS. Intrigued by the wild card!

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Amber K January 13, 2012 at 1:47 am

I’m a Taurus too and I thrive on staying in my comfort zone. But you’re definitely right that it means that I’m not growing. I’d like to put myself out there more, but it is absolutely something that I’m going to have to work hard at.

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 13, 2012 at 7:29 am

Great goals! Is your wild card going to be your going to try or have a baby? Oh, I hope so!!! Can’t wait to find out!

Being on a budget is a great idea, I need to do that!

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit January 13, 2012 at 7:52 am

I didn’t know that was a Taurus thing – going the safe route and not wanting to step out of my comfort zone. That totally explains things for me! I have such a fear of moving forward at times, It’s almost debilitating.
Can’t wait to see what you do for your cookbook. You’ll do great and I can appreciate how much work it is + running the blog at the same time!
Thank you for your ongoing inspiration and words of wisdom :)

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Kris | iheartwellness.com January 13, 2012 at 10:49 am

FAB goals girl!!! I love that you and Eric also make goals together like Ryan and I do….

If one isn’t on board they’ll stop the manifestation process for the other. I think you two manifest nicely together :)

Ahhhh, I’m a HUGE goal setter, even every day! The life coach in me wants to tell you that you still just need to change the beliefs within so the negativity won’t creep back in….it actually takes 21 days {do 25 to be safe} of affirmations and visualization of seeing your new life and the old beliefs will drop off :) PHEW, long comment!

xxoo

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Jen January 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I was laughing when I read about your organization goal. I am moving in April and just started going through all my things. I have made a rule that if I have not used, thought about, or needed something within the last year it is to be donated or trashed. Wow! Did I have alot if stuff that I have not done any of the above with! I cleaned out my library….which is code for “room filled with stuff I don’t know what to do with”……and it felt great to just get through it. Who knew?
I have a goal of cutting expenses and also to stop being such a people pleaser. I have accomplished both in moving. I need to do this to save money even though it was not the most popular choice. I am also setting a long term goal of completing my degree. I am in college as an adult and not getting tons of support from family. I will finish and I will also not let others negativity hold me back.

Good luck with your goals and have fun on your run!!!

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Chanelle January 13, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I checked out www.mint.com…what a great site, and its free! I love it. Thanks for the idea, I usually need someone to tell me about stuff like that, I don’t like searching it out myself haha.
Thanks again! All of your goals are great too, I am all over the organization goals!! Pinterest gets me motivated with all the good ideas.

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Harry January 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Great advice.

You may also want to check out a goal achieving software http://goalsontrack.com

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AG January 13, 2012 at 5:34 pm

First off, I cannot believe that any of your recipes have been denied! WHAT?????

I am all about my comfort zone and I am not great with change. But, 2012 is going to be my defining year! I hope to bring in more positivity and share my gluten free and vegan baking pursuits with others. In addition, I plan on executing the peacock pose in yoga…Yay!!!!

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Michelle January 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Wild card: perhaps opening a bakery shoppe for the public to peruse, another trip to Europe, moving to the US, going back to school for a holistic nutrition degree or starting a video series for the blog? I am highly anticipating your cookbook as I have already made my own version from printing out recipes and filing them in a binder. You are truly an inspirational cook and my husband loves you too! He joins me in the kitchen and has a passion for cooking and his comments regarding your recipes “this girl knows how to cook, that’s the technique I would use or add, and she loves spices!” thank you ten times over for the awesome recipes as we have made SEVERAL and they all work out well and deliciously with little tweaking! Lots of love and light and vibrancy for 2012. As for the baby thing… How about a new FELINE sibling for Sketchie??? :))))

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Caroline January 14, 2012 at 2:16 am

Thanks for the link to zen site. That couldn’t have been timelier for me. I got caught up in a negative and bullying persons behaviour recently and after reading the blog realized that my dealing with her was spot on. I will admit the I’m going to continue greeting her in a cheerful and polite manner simply because I know how much it will annoy her but also because I don’t have to buy into her attitude.

As far as organizing your life & it’s stuff-ness that goes with life i’ve been following this lady’s program for 10 days now and can already see a huge difference in my home. Check out www.flylady.net she is simply amazing and very down-to-earth.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 14, 2012 at 8:30 am

Thanks Caroline!
Glad ot hear that you are making progress with the bully.

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Kacy January 14, 2012 at 11:01 am

I’m so glad to hear that you’re working on a cookbook. I know it will be awesome, and I’ll be first in line to buy it.

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Tamara January 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm

exciting! we are using mint.com too ~ good luck!
also can’t wait to hear about the Wild Card!!!

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Natalie @ eat with nat January 15, 2012 at 6:07 am

I stumbled upon your blog almost 2 years ago through one of your Foodgawker submissions. I’ve been a fan ever since!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 16, 2012 at 9:04 am

Wow, that’s awesome! Thanks Natalie!

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Katy January 15, 2012 at 10:07 am

Hi! I want to tell you that you have an amazing blog. I am from Monterrey, Mexico and I am reading your blog since the last year. Please, please…. You have to continue with these goals and help us to accomplish our, too. So, I hope to help you with goal number 6 telling you about the impact of your blog in other bounderies. Regards.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 16, 2012 at 9:04 am

Thank you Katy!

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Shannon January 15, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Angela, I currently am using Mint.com and my husband and I like it. It’s a great way to analyze where your money is going, without investing a lot of time. It’s a great tool for us, hope you like it too!

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V January 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm

aren’t you afraid of allowing mint.com to go into your bank accounts especially with all the hacking going on? i actually signed up and then decided against it after i saw that they would have direct access to all my accounts. wow

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2012 at 8:37 am

Yea we are definitely uneasy about it…which is probably why we haven’t signed up yet. Eric said you can sign up anonymously , so we might try that.

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Kristel (Stirring Things Up) January 17, 2012 at 9:52 am

My SO and I use mint.com and have found it helpful, but I recommend planning a day of review and updates weekly where you’ll sit down together and discuss your progress. Even if it takes 5 minutes max. Helps us a lot when we stay disciplined, otherwise we just let it go to hell until the next month. :)

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dee January 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

beautiful, thanks for sharing and inspiring :)

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