One of the first bits of advice you get when starting a blog is to always have a few articles or topics in the making so you can publish a new blog post at any time. So whenever a new idea pops in to my head, I quickly write it down and begin researching the topic when I have a spare minute here or there. In the coming weeks, I’ll be talking about mealtime strategies for picky eaters, foods to eat when pregnant, and recommendations on added sugar in foods – just to name a few!
But with January in full swing and the cold, wet weather that comes with it, I thought I would share one of our family’s new favourite soup recipes. It is, after all, National Soup Month in the United States!
My husband, Doug, isn’t the biggest fan of soup. Maybe it’s because soup is extremely versatile? And, it deliciously combines fresh ingredients and a hot liquid to create a comfort food masterpiece? Or that soup makes great leftovers? Or maybe he’s just exceptionally warm-blooded and the sight of soup makes him sweat? Well whatever the reason may be, whenever I find a soup recipe he enjoys, it becomes a staple in our house.
In the first two parts of “New Year, New Goals,” I talked about writing realistic goals instead of vague resolutions along with 7 areas of life that need goal setting. Now that the basics are out of the way, I thought I would share a few of my personal goals for 2016!
This past week I have really been putting my head down to complete my list of goals and aspirations for the New Year. I found once I got going, it was pretty easy to find one or two goals in each area I want to accomplish in 2016. In the same manner, I had to keep reminding myself not to get too carried away and keep the list of goals somewhat short. After all, they need to be practical so I can actually achieve them within the year. It also helped to write down short-term goals (ones that could be completed each day, week, or month) that could help pull off my ultimate, year-long goals.
Here’s three of my personal goals for 2016 keeping the S.M.A.R.T.Y. acronym in mind:
In part 1 of “New Year, New Goals," I began this month by examining why I’m throwing my usual New Year’s Resolutions out and writing clear, achievable goals instead. Now let’s dive into which specific areas of life need some focused goal setting.
Anyone who knows me knows that my latest frenzy is all about the financial guru Dave Ramsey and the common sense he rants on about daily during his radio talk show. (I have my sister-in-law to thank for this…) Anyways, when I was listening to one of his older podcasts, Dave Ramsey listed 7 areas of life in which you should write goals and measure the progress made each year. I quickly typed them into my cellphone so that I wouldn’t forget, but it turns out they were already available in a handy article online as well. Here are the 7 areas that need goal setting:
It is that time of the year again. The Christmas season is almost over including all the extra family gatherings, special traditions, and indulgent dinners that go along with it. (We have our last Christmas celebration tomorrow with my parents who drove all the way from Iowa for the weekend!) I have always loved the feeling of a new year beginning – a fresh start, newfound determination, and “limitless” possibilities. Oh, and I love whipping out a new planner, too!
Filling my crisp, recently purchased planner can only mean one thing – time to write some “New Year’s Resolutions” for 2016. I don’t know about you, but I think I’m pretty good at writing resolutions. Keeping them, on the other hand, is another thing. A study by the University of Scranton found that in 2015, only 8% of the people who wrote New Year’s Resolutions were successful in achieving them! Why are so many people unsuccessful? Well, let’s take a look at the kinds of resolutions people make. Here are the top 5 resolutions of 2015:
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