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How did I do?

In January I challenged myself to 11 in 11. I blogged about my goals and shared them here. I want to take a few minutes to see how I did. My Goals were: 1. Reduce my “Carbon Footprint.” 2. Give back to the community. 3. Eat Healthy -Eat “Green” food (locally grown) -Eat More Veggies 4. Return to my ideal weight 5. Blog at least 4 times per month 6. Complete 1 project on my house per month 7. Take a photography class 8. Cross 2 things off my “Bucket List” 9. Start each day my praying/meditating/reading 10. Read 4 “Classic” books this year 11. Exercise 3 times per week So how did I do? 1. I have reduced my carbon foot print! I’ve recycled, used re-usable bags! I’ve made a difference. I’m giving this one a thumbs up. I can do more, but I am off to a good start. 2. Give back to the community. Yes, I’ve given back, I’ve donated food, and again we’re hosting our Food Drive. Then I did something a little different, something I that wasn’t even on the radar this time last

It's all in the Plan!

New Years is around the corner. New Year’s Day is a day of new beginnings, out with the old, in with the new… As we usher in 2012, many of us will choose to make resolutions, to set goals that we plan to accomplish in 2012. Many will choose to quit a bad habit, adopt new healthy lifestyle changes or begin fitness challenges. Realistically, how long will they last? According to the New York Times, “Research shows that about 80% of people who make Resolutions on Jan 1st fall off the wagon by Valentines Day.” If you’re planning your 2012 resolutions or goals, here are some ideas that might help. First, set S.M.A.R.T. goals. What are SMART goals? Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. Why goals? Goals have a plan, while with resolutions there are no plans, no accountability, no action steps. However, if you set SMART goals, you will have a plan. Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail! So make a plan! Second, remember it takes at least 21 days