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New Years Resolutions

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Looking ahead to 2013
January 4, 2013 at 9:39 am 0
2013 is a year that I'm very excited about. Now that all the craziness of 2012 is behind me, I'm looking forward to all that 2013 promises to have in store. Here's what's got me excited: - In March I'm going to LA - and planning a hiking trip with a girlfriend from high school. I'm going for a work conference (it's actually with Ali Brown, my business mentor that I mentioned last year), and I'm mixing business with pleasure before the conference. I'm so excited to see my long-time friend, and to escape the chilly Ontario winter! - In April we're finally getting our condo in Liberty Village, Toronto. We bought it pre-construction in 2009, and after 1.5 years delay it's finally ready! Our unit has appreciated in value a lot, so it's been a fantastic investment so far, but Holy Moses it's been a long wait! I can't wait to be back downtown, and I guess patience gets rewarded since my husband's office recently moved 2 streets away from our new condo, so he'll be home at a decent hour again (yay!) - In late May/early June my family's planning a trip to Greece. I can't wait for this. Ever since seeing the movie Mamma Mia I've been having dreams of being on a Greek island, eating delicious food, and getting lost in the beauty of the landscape. - In August I'm hoping to take a weeklong vacation with my family and my brother's family somewhere in the West Coast of Canada or US. Last year they came for a week to our place in Niagara on the Lake, and it was an excellent visit. We went to the beach, had barbecues, drank great wines, played for hours, and really enjoyed having our two families together. This year I'm hoping we'll be able to do it again, with us going closer to BC this time. (I'm rooting for California!)
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5 Resolutions For Richer, More Fun & Less Stressful 2011
January 2, 2011 at 10:05 am 0

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Every New Years loads of resolutions are passed around - eat less, exercise more, take your lunch to work everyday....all sorts of promises that don't typically live for longer than 2 weeks. For real, have you heard anyone who actually kept a resolution for a full year? I don't think it's actually happened. So, instead of making resolutions we're making some lifestyle changes. Our goal is to make 2011 the best year ever! How are we going to do that? By making 5 important changes in our life: Focus On What Makes You Happy. That's right. If you don't like, don't do it. Enough with saying yes to people, invitations, obligations that don't really "work" for us. If it doesn't make us happy, we're not doing it! Make Fun A Priority. In university life was good. We got together with our girlfriends, watched movies, went to free concerts, had picnics in the park, and most importantly WE HAD A BLAST! We didn't have much money, but we sure had fun! Now we socialize by going to restaurants, having wine with friends, but it's all getting kind of routine, and we only do it when it fits into our weekend schedule. After all, we spend all our time during the week thinking about work! Now we're making good old "fun" a priority. A street party on a Tuesday night? Sign me up! The free lunchtime concerts hosted by the Canadian Opera Comany - sign me up! Bring back the good old fashioned fun! Save More Money. You can't live rich if you feel poor, and as women taking charge of our finances is extremely important. We're not going to live like Scrooge, but we arere saving more. Remember that saying - "Pay yourself first". We're doing it and we're having more "free fun" at the same time. Relax More. That's right, we're going to chill out more. Enough with the crazy speed of life and all the work stress. This year, you'll find us sitting at the cafe, watching the passerby, taking a stroll after dinner, and reading good books. When we work, we're going to work really hard. When we're not, we are either having fun, or relaxing. Surround Yourself With Happy People Who Make You Feel Good. Your social circle has a huge influence on your happiness. Breakup with your negative friends, and spend more time with positive, interesting and inspiring people who make you feel good. Sound like a recipe for a good life, doesn't it?
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New Years Resolutions
December 31, 2009 at 12:46 pm 0
Like every year, New Years Resolutions are being tossed around like candy this year. Diet? Spend more time with the family? Get a new job? Take up a hobby? This year I've come up with a resolution that's a small one, but a big one. I'm a pretty independent girl. I've paid for university by myself, moved to Asia, France and within Canada all by myself, and moved up the career ladder...all by myself. But life is changing very soon from a "me" to a "we". However, when I talk I still mostly refer to "me". So, my New Years Resolution is to use more "we". It may sound like an outdated anti-feminist resolution, but it's not. It's this modern feminists way of realizing that yes, I do share my life with someone, and not it's not all about "me". So if I say "we" I haven't lost the "me" I've just switched out a letter that recognizes I'm no longer thinking only for myself. Happy New Years!
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