Wednesday, January 5, 2011

a new year

The Christmas lights have come down, the stockings are packed, and the once perfect noble that stood tall, filling our home with the scent that only a fresh-cut tree could, has been tossed to the curb.  A deep-clean is in progress and winter decorations are underway--a perfect way to begin this New Year.

Speaking of New Years, how was yours?  We headed out to the beach, where it was clear, cold and gorgeous, to spend New Year's with family.  We enjoyed Chinese take-out, card games, Toy Story 3, and had a tiny midnight celebration with our little ones.  They're always up for staying up late and love a reason to cheer!  They were especially excited when Husband and I snuggled in to camp on the floor next to them.  New Year's Day we did a clam dig, and returned home to a hot meal {including crab}, lovingly cooked by our Aunt.  It was a wonderful time, and I hope yours was as well.

I'm a believer in New Year's resolutions.  I'm a believer in goals, short-term and long, and sticking to the game plan.  So it is with much enjoyment and satisfaction that I lay out a list of resolutions for 2011!

Here they are in short...

1) 12 books in 12 months.  Four classics.  
Don't get me started on how guilty I feel as a reader. 
2) Start and complete an entire journal for 2011.
3) As a family, move to become self-sustaining in at least one way i.e raise chickens, green roof, fuel, garden and canning.  We're excited for a whole new way of life, come our upcoming move. 
More on this later...!
4) Write, write, write, and finish the story.

I can't wait to see what 2011 unfolds.  I just know it is going to be a wonderful, promising year!

image via weheartit.


Ana* January 5, 2011 at 6:19 AM  

Sounds like you had a nice relaxing new years. As for me, I embarked on a random trip to Times Square, NY. It was insanely crazy+fun.

vintch January 5, 2011 at 6:27 AM  

sounds fabulous! love your resolutions, especially to "finish the story." i always get stuck when i'm writing, and can never come up with a fabulous conclusion. thanks for the wednesday inspiration!

emmy d January 5, 2011 at 7:04 AM  

I wholeheartedly support you in the reading goal! I honestly think I only finished two books last year (not including Harry Potter), although I began many. January's book is Sense and Sensibility!

b davis January 5, 2011 at 7:44 AM  

I love the fresh start of a new year. You've got a great list. Best wishes on your book writing! Such an impressive goal.

Princess and the Pea January 5, 2011 at 10:54 AM  

Oh your number 4 is my number 1! I've started a new travel blog, started writing a book about my grandads travels around the world and submitting lots more articles to travel magazines and websites. I WILL be a writing success this year and I hope you are too!


Red Boots January 5, 2011 at 11:49 AM  

Sounds like a wonderful new year!

I like #3. I grew some vegetables last year, this year we're aiming to grow even more!


Erin January 5, 2011 at 1:35 PM  

Love your goals! I need to write some new ones! Love that you escaped to the beach with the little ones too! So special! You are going to have to teach us to dig for clams some time. I've always wanted to do that!

Kimbirdy January 5, 2011 at 3:12 PM  

i love your goals! they're pretty fantastic, and focused on ways to improve life rather than "fixing" something that's wrong like a lot of people do. i think the best goals are ones that propel you forward. i'm so excited for you this year!

Ann January 5, 2011 at 3:52 PM  

Sounds like a wonderful way to bring in the New Year while making memories with your children! I also love your goals. I have been working on # 3 for years. We grow most of our own vegies and dry, freeze or can them... It is fun, and feels so good to do.
Happy New Year!

Connie January 5, 2011 at 5:14 PM  

You never cease to amaze me, Cassie. You always think BIG and usually accomplish it! Good luck with your goals and the next year.

Shelley January 6, 2011 at 7:28 PM  

I love the reading goal!
I can't wait to hear about your move. :)

“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
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