What a year! What’s that? It was lame? Right. Okay. I hear you. Five by five, my friends.


Looking back, I feel as if I spent the past year inactive, over-stimulated, depressed, tired and repressed. I’m not going to wallow in the waste gone by. I am going to pick myself up, dust myself off, and take the first step towards becoming more active yet less stimulated. I’ll turn that frown upside down. I’ll rest and relax.


Five Goals for January

  1. Exercise each day. Unroll that never-used-but-cool yoga mat and try out that yoga app. Go to the gym and get on the elliptical machine. Don’t just stare at that stair-stepping contraption.
  2. Drink tea, instead of coffee, most days. Don’t worry whether it’s herbal or not. Your nerve endings start to fray when you even drive near a coffee shop.
  3. Write a letter to a friend each week. Make it personal, but don’t freak them out. Use a pen and paper. (Yes, I realize there are only four weeks in the month which translates to only four letters to four friends. So? That still amounts to more letters than I’ve written to anyone in the past four years.) Better buy some stamps.
  4. Live each day with love for yourself and your family. Listen to them. Praise their accomplishments. Provide for them. Love them. Teach them how to help with the laundry. Get away from them when you need to.
  5. Blog each day. Tap out a statement. Doodle a day. Don’t over think it. Get it done and post it.


Five Goals for 2011

  1. Drop two-three dress sizes. Do it naturally, using common sense, good eating habits and regular exercise.
  2. Give up coffee—except for special occasions. None of the following qualifies as a special occasion: visiting a new town; finding a new coffee shop; dropping by the bookstore.
  3. Embrace friendships. Put the pole down, walk over and say hello. Make it personal, but don’t freak them out. The weather can be more than nice, but they don’t want to hear about the blizzard that happened in your living room last night.
  4. Love life to its fullest.  Open your heart and gather up all that fills it—joy, pain, dirt, family, work, and laundry.
  5. Blog often. Tap out a statement. Doodle a day. Don’t over think it. Get it done and post it.


Finally, come back and visit often. See if my goals are still visible. Tell me when I stray.

4 responses to “What a year! What’s that? It was lame? Right. Okay. I hear you. Five by five, my friends.”

  1. hey Stephanie,I followed links from your comment on the Wanderer’s page to here. . . good luck with your goals. I’m a big yoga junkie so I say go for it. BUT. . . can I say this? Maybe wanting to exercise every day is too much? What happens when you miss a day? Maybe aim for exercising 4 times a week, or something?If you disagree, then go for it. Good luck with all your goals. Oh, loved the doggie drawing. . was that what it was?Josie x


  2. Thanks for the encouragement and rational suggestions! I’ve got to admit, the exercise thing is difficult. I’m going to be flexible and qualify that goal by making whatever effort I can that day. If I’m stuck at home, I’ll do floor exercises, arms and sit-ups. Otherwise, I’ll drag myself to the gym. As for the drawing, there was no doggie. So funny! Honestly, I’m not very skilled at figure drawing. It’s not my forte. No big deal, right?!


  3. classycareergirl Avatar

    Hi there! I would love for you to join me in the networking challenge! If you are still interested, please let me know your email address so I can send you an update. I promise no spam:) Just stop by and leave a comment with your email or send me an email at classycareergirl@gmail.com.Looking forward to networking with you! 🙂


  4. I am just about to dive in to a project at work that calls the ability to tread water like a master. I may not be able to come up for air for a few months. As soon as I get a grip on the edge of the pool, I’ll join in. Sound reasonable?


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