Make A New Year Resolution

by | Holidays, Lifestyle

It’s time to make a New Year resolution because it’s a New Year! We are a year older. Lots happens in 365 days and reflecting on all that has occurred in the previous year, especially this past unprecedented year of 2020,  can be the fire that lights us to do bigger, better and more meaningful things with the new year directly in front of us.

New Year Resolution 1: Cherish yesterday

Never has there been a greater time in life to make a new year resolution to cherish yesterday, than today; end of 2020 with no end, as of yet, to Covid. 

Family Gatherings

Moving about freely, creating memories with friends and family, dining out, hugging people and not living with a face covering is something we all can wish for.

Looking to the health care people who have put their lives on the line to make some sense of, or at least bring comfort to, a nightmare situation in this past year. 

2020 Resolutions

As 2020 got underway and all our lives were forced into change, I found myself cherishing the many skills and talents I learned along the way in my life. Many of those skills prepared me to take good care of myself and my family during this time and to reach out and share some of my talents to others in a meaningful way. 

New Year Resolution Long Ago

Remembering when I was just a young teen and making the New Year resolution to learn how to sew. High fashion was something I loved, but my small town (back in the 60’s), didn’t sell front-cover Italian or French Vogue style clothing.

Believing that I should have what I want, I decided I’d learn to make it myself. I learned how to design and make anything my little eyeballs set their sights on. 

Mask Making The Onset Of Covid

Pandemic New Year

When the pandemic first hit, back in March, and there were zero masks to be found anywhere across America. A waiting time of 2 months before anything was going to be shipped here from China and I knew exactly what I had to do.

I started making masks until my little fingers were raw and my shoulders ached from being hunched over the sewing machine. First in line to receive masks from me, besides all of my family, was the people in the food industry.

While medical masks required special details, I knew I could use my talents to help protect the people who would keep our food sources available. I did, and I was grateful for a silly new year resolution I made many years ago. 

Mask Making For Trader Joe’s
Mask Making for Mom’s Organic Market

New Year Resolution 2: Dream Tomorrow

Tomorrow never looked so good, as we remember life before 2020. We can, however, as we make our new year resolutions, promise ourselves to dream bigger, live in hope of this pandemic being behind us.  

When March 2020 arrived with its life changing news, I found myself able to remain focused on the future, projects I never had time to pursue. There were dreams I might now be able to give my attention to, to make possible. 

One of my adult children and I had planned a trip together in February, a once in our lifetime trip of quality time together for an entire week. He is a husband, a daddy of two, and an executive chef of a very busy events company. Stealing my son away for quality time was a dream come true for me. 

San Francisco

Since it was early in the year, we were both still aware of New Year resolutions we had just made a month before. One of those wishes or resolutions for me, was to create time and make special moments with each of my children.

Already, I was fulfilling my 2020 New Year Resolution, that is until 2020 became a curse word and not just another year. We took our trip, felt like storm runners, because every city we visited and departed from was announcing its first case of Covid.

We made beautiful memories together and then home to hunker down just as fast as we could. 

Now, I am back to formulating a new, new year resolution for 2021; be grateful every single day that all of my loved ones made it through this year.

Sister Time

New Year Resolution 3: Live Today

As the new year is just around the corner, I have already made my New Year Resolution. Eat better? No. I have always been a health nut and mindful of what I put in my mouth (wink).

Exercise more? Nah. I learned years ago, during those crazy years of being a single mom of 4 children, to do everything myself.

I am not one to hire people to do jobs I can do myself, simply because I would rather scrub a floor, dig a ditch, or do any other physical labor intensive work, than go to the gym! 

Home Gym

My new year resolution this new year, is simply to live each day as though it was my last. I have attempted, numerous times throughout my life, to write about a remarkable yet very strange life I’ve lived; but could never get past some of the painful parts and press on.

That is, until 2020 hit, and my difficult life suddenly didn’t seem so difficult. So… I decided to learn how to write, not in book format, but rather in script/film format.

My new year resolution is to finish that script and see who might be interested in making film out of it. 

Television Script Poster

New Year Lifestyle

Another new year resolution I made this year was to do more with my food blog than just share recipes.

I believe my lifestyle and all the events of my life, have prepared me to share encouraging lifestyle ideas with others.

Naturally a new and healthy recipe would be a great way to start off the year, which is why I am sharing one of my favorite recipes with you here: The Perfect Ginger Carrot Red Lentil Soup.

The vibrant orange color alone, will remind you that the bright sunny days of springtime are just around the corner.

Its health properties are off the charts and the gingery, spicy flavors will fast make you swap out the ole ‘black eyed pea’ tradition for this one.

Ginger Carrot Red Lentil Soup

New Year Resolution Accountability

I came up with a fun way to remain accountable for the new year resolutions I am making at this very moment.

Nearly everyone celebrates a holiday that requires taking out ornaments, decorations or objects that we put away once that holiday has passed.

In the video I have shared with you, you will see that I have started a new tradition. While putting away my ornaments, I write down a wish, a resolution, a dream, a whimsy and tuck them inside as I put them away.

When it’s time to take them out again, I can relive my new year resolutions, see which ones I was able to fulfill and which ones might need to be tucked away again for the following year.

I call this, ‘My New Year Resolution Accountability’! 

Make A Wish!

It’s time to make a New Year Resolution. Think long and hard about it this year, and then make them count and come alive, and don’t forget to Cherish Yesterday, Dream Tomorrow, and Live Today! Stay safe and see you back on this page next year xoxo

 

My Muffin Madness

 

In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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