July Reads

In an attempt to better organize my blog and my life… I’ve categorized my July reads!

Personal Growth

10 Ways to Be a Better Person.  Unfortunately this list is not intuitive for a lot of people. #5 on the list (go to funerals) really isn’t fun, but it means so much. People who came to my dad’s funeral for me and not themselves were truly wonderful and showed how much they cared about me.

Millennial Topics

10 Things Every 20-Something Kitchen Needs. I can’t say that every 20-something’s kitchen needs everything on the list, but if you’re putting together a kitchen for the first time on you own, it’s got some good recommendations. Also a good place to start looking for housewarming gift ideas. I also recommend a meat thermometer. It was the best $5ish we ever spent and might keep you from giving yourself food poisoning.

Seek a Mentor, Be a Mentor. I agree completely.

13 Things Successful Millennials Do in Their Spare Time. Even if you aren’t a millennial, making good use of your spare time is a good idea. Continue reading

Desires for 2013

I don’t need to lose weight, stop smoking or most of the other typical resolutions. I haven’t really been a resolution person, so these are kind of resolutions, but more of things that I’ve decided I want when I looked ahead to a fresh new year.

1. Be more active, more often. It’s really easy in the winter to succumb to the desire to snuggle up on the couch with a good book, my husband and a couple of cute kitties because it makes me feel cozy. I don’t particularly enjoy snow after Christmas day, so outside activity is kept to a minimum. If my blood sugar is willing, I’ll take my book to the elliptical instead of the couch.

2. Be a more adventurous cook. I love trying new recipes, but every once in awhile I get stuck in a rut repeating the same few, easy, fast recipes. I’m proud to say I got a jump on the trying new recipes by making my first pork and sauerkraut New Year’s Day meal.

3. Be a better wife. I think in most relationships it’s possible to communicate better that you love, respect and appreciate the other person. Something I want to make sure I do better. We sometimes joke that I keep Brad around only because he can reach the cabinets above the stove. He knows that’s not true, but I could do a better job of saying thanks for everything he does.

4. Have less “stuff.” It’s really easy to become a pack rat when you have the space to store things. The first order of business is the winter wardrobe clean out. If it doesn’t fit, has damage I can’t repair or I can’t remember when I wore it last… it goes. Same for Brad. I’ll keep one pair of tattered jeans and a couple of old shirts on shelf in the basement for projects that could ruin clothing.

5. Celebrate the good things. When something is good, it deserves to be celebrated. Celebrations don’t just need to be saved for birthdays or anniversaries.

What are some of the things that you want to do or be in 2013?

This will serve as my January entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information here