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    I always start out with good intentions. Then convince myself I'm bored, too tired, above the goal. In other words? I talk myself out of resolutions because I feel bound by them. I don't do well when I feel trapped.

    Your trick of paring down the goals to things that resonate with you deep down? Brilliant! Then I had an epiphany - goals that resonate with me now might not be my focus in 6 months. And that's okay!!! Because as you said, "It can be tough to figure out who I am, what I think, and then be brave enough to share that with the world!"

    By trying different things, then not fretting if I don't enjoy them wholeheartedly, is just another way to find Who I am.

    Right now? I run. I write. I read. I document. I play. I want to run a half-marathon. I want to write despite the fear of failure. I want to read a classic or two (love the Mom/Son bookclub idea...I'll be borrowing that!). I want to compose better photos. I want to learn a new song by heart on the piano.

    Thank you for the thought-provoking post!

    I am not a goal setter but I used the 10 Resolutions that were posted on Write, Click, Scrapbook and wrote my own meanings. They might not be exactly goals/resolutions but they are statements I made to make life a little simplier. For example - Quit smoking (since I don't smoke) I wrote - Not really, but pay attention to life and don't just "burn" through it. Quit drinking - well that is no fun and Fit in Fitness - Get your butt moving, at least read the book you bought and take the wrappers off the videos.

    So those are a few of my "resolutions". I have printed them and hung on my bulliten board - at least I will get a laugh from them. ~Ann

    I really hope 2010 is different (in a positive way)...
    If you are new to yoga, may I recommend the Ali McGraw Yoga Mind & Body DVD. It's over 10 years old, but I love it and do it all the time. It's not too long (about 45 mins) and it's very beginner friendly, but the stronger/better you get, you can still get a good yoga "workout" from it. No I wasn't paid to say all that. There are a couple of other yoga DVDs I can recommend if you're interested.
    I have a list of goals for the year, but I didn't number them... I just realized that!

    I like your five goals..all good stuff. Although I did cringe a little when you said you were going to get rid of 50 percent of your books. I am a book junkie and I keep every one!! LOL!

    You go girl and thanks for the inspiration!

    I have such a hard time with books, especially my crafting books and cookbooks. I tell myself they are references, but I know I don't need 50 vegan cookbooks now that I'm no longer vegan.

    I'm doing better there, getting rid of a few coffee table cookbooks recently that were more style than substance. One was the "Lake House Cookbook"... writing by Sting's wife Trudie Styler and their personal chef. The recipes were all super long and challenging.. not sure I even made a thing from it. Plus, 50% was photos of their home, kitchen and garden.

    Good luck with these goals. I decided to set only one and see how that one change would cascade.. and that's to drink more water.

    Awesome resolutions! Have a wonderful new year! Bible Study is so fun, it has enriched my life in amazing ways. Go you. :D

    Thanks for the link to the Comfort Queen. There is a one-day retreat in Ohio and I am excited! I've e-mailed my friends too.

    1. Read Bible-I want to read the entire Bible. While I've read lots of it, I've never read in through. So far, I'm sticking to my plan, even on a trip.
    2. Eat healthier- since I now have diabetes, I need to do this, but I've lost about 20 LCD in the last 3 months.
    3. Do some exercise-well, I've been walking lots this week. That's something.
    4. Less frivolous spending-so far, so good.
    5. Less TV-sometime the TV is on just for noise. But I'm more productive when it's off. So this will be a real switch.

    Lain, I needed to write these down. Thanks for your encouragement, and for letting us encourage each other.

    Thanks for this post! It really helps me see how to narrow the list!

    I am a new reader to your blog, but I have enjoyed your work @ Simple Scrapbooks. I love what I have read so far, but I have one tiny request. Could you write in BLACK? I have such a hard time reading the gray type on my monitor.

    I really love you idea of the mother/son book club. And I love that these are not all or nothing goals too

    I could echo each one of these (as you've seen on my 5 (x 2) list... I have been in a great bible study and having those ladies (young and old) keep me accountable and sharpen me has made a huge impact in my life.

    Here's to accomplishing all we can in 2010!

    And I think I still owe you a badge/button, don't it? ;)

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