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A worthy resolution

You know when it’s 10:04 PM on New Year’s Eve and you’re in bed Googling “New Year’s resolutions”…?  

The thing is, I can’t really remember ever keeping a resolution past February (mostly, I am drinking a Diet Coke as I type this… sorry, 2012.  And 2014.  And 2015.).  

And those I do remember making were ones I didn’t feel terribly about breaking (hence the lack of motivation for keeping them).  So I set out (at nearly the 11th hour) to find a worthy resolution — one I could really work on keeping– for 2017.

a worthy resolution

Grace is basically a tiny fashion blogger. Minus the fashion blog.

This struck a chord for me:

“Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.” 

–Göran Persson, former Prime Minister of Sweden

A worthy resolution, indeed.

I still plan to set monthly goals and intentions, but as we head into 2017, I want to more fully embrace our connectedness.  I want to put more energy towards service than I do towards cynicism and fear.  I want to be a more compassionate, gentle, kind + openhearted person.

And ideally, I’d like to stop eating Cheez-Its for dinner.  

Also On Tap for Today:

Are you setting goals/intentions/Harry Potter spells/resolutions?

Today: January goals (and a printable calendar).

Hello from the other siiiiiide of New Year’s Eve.

(For the record: Now that we’re nearing a month of newborn-related sleep deprivation, everything I say and do is the funniest thing ever… to me, at least.  It would seem my siblings feel differently.  Either that or their phones are broken in such a way that they cannot reply to my hilarious bitmoji texts.)

January goals and a printable calendar

january goals and a printable calendar

Materials used: Micron pen (black 01), Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pens, Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolors, random craft paint (acrylic), good old Microsoft Word (for the calendar table)

My questionable comedienne status aside, it is New Year’s Day and I’ve got January goals and a printable calendar to share with you.  Rather than setting year-long resolutions, I’m sticking to monthly goals and intentions.  Mostly because I can barely imagine what tomorrow will bring, let alone how many days I can deprive myself of Diet Coke come November.  

The calendar is a part of a larger goal I have to both make and share more art.  Please feel free to share, download and print as you like.  Consider it a gift to offset the un-funny Adele joke above.  And unless I completely space out, I’ll draw and paint a new calendar for you on the first of each month.

click here to download your free, printable January calendar

Here are the rest of my January goals, semi-organized for your reading pleasure.


  • Celebrate Grace’s 2nd birthday in style (…whatever that means)
  • 2 trips to the children’s library
  • Photograph Grace and (baby) Nick and send out New Year’s cards/birth announcements (we sort of missed the boat on Christmas cards)
  • Listen to Serial with (adult) Nick each week (Nerdtown, USA: Population of 2)


  • Schedule doctor’s and dentist’s and vet’s appointments for the beginning of the year
  • Get back in the workout groove (after being cleared to exercise at my six week postpartum check-up) and share weekly round-ups for accountability and motivation
  • Drink fewer than 600 Diet Cokes a week
  • Wear FitBit every day (this feels like a do-able precursor to setting a daily step or sleep goal)
  • Set aside 10 minutes each day to make something (and make peace with the fact that these “somethings” will likely take days or weeks to be finished products)


  • Throw out, recycle or donate everything
  • Make a list of specific spaces in our condo to tackle and start chipping away at the decluttering
  • Hire a new housecleaner (we parted ways with ours in December, and I am not an especially talented duster… and let’s just say, both are evident)
  • Participate in Apartment Therapy’s January Cure


  • Join a new parish (this is sort of major, and in the works — we love our current parish, but will be moving to one in our own neighborhood this year)
  • Participate in at least one of my fitness group’s social activities (the group has monthly birthday parties for kids, a mom’s night out, recipe swaps, etc.) rather than ducking out right after the workout, as I’ve done in the past #awkwardfaceemoji
  • Share at least one friend’s blog post or project per week

Here’s to a productive, happy, healthy, sort-of-hilarious month.

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s On Tap for your January?

Today: 13 wishes.

Happy New Year!  Nick and I enjoyed a night of fun and games with my sister, her fiance and their friends.  Thanks to the magic of Uber, we were home before 1 AM, ready to ring in 2013.  After this morning’s daily juice, a quick run, a little nap and a big salad, anything seems possible.

I took some time over the past few days to set my intentions, goals, and plans for 2013.  I like to call them wishes.  Mostly because that just sounds magical.  And sort of cute.  Regardless of the amount of work and dedication each requires.

In no particular order, my 13 wishes:

  1. Make some sense of the 5 million photos on my MacBook
  2. PR in 5k and 10k distances
  3. Focus on getting quality sleep each night
  4. Complete a full month of #fmsphotoaday
  5. Save for a new car
  6. Complete at least one assisted pull-up before July 4th
  7. Beat my previous Christine PR
  8. Beat my previous mile PR
  9. Make at least 1 therapy dog visit each month
  10. Plan at least 2 dates with Nick each month
  11. Get together with pals more regularly
  12. Log mileage on DailyMile more consistently (I always, always forget)
  13. Plan a vacation away during 2013

Also On Tap for Today:

What are your goals, plans, wishes… or whatever for the new year?

Today: New year, new OJ.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]Has anyone else grown weary of the “new year, new you” messaging swirling around the Universe lately?  I don’t know about you, but I feel like the same old me… regardless of how many new resolutions and goals I am working toward in 2012.  I did get a new post-workout beverage of choice, though.  So there’s that.

I recently received the opportunity to try out Tropicana’s new line of juice beverages, Trop50.  Trop50 boasts 50% less sugar and fewer calories than similar beverages, without adding artificial sweeteners.  While I may prefer firing up my juicer and squeezing my own cup of OJ (as in orange juice, not um… OJ Simpson), a tall glass of Trop50 with Calcium and Vitamin D hit the spot after a particularly tough boxing class this week.  No firing up of machinery required.  I liked the orange variety so much, that I headed back to the store (with my own cold, hard cash in hand) and picked up a bottle of Pomegranate Blueberry.  I am a sucker for antioxidants…  and I think it will mix well with vodka and soda water.  Let’s be real.

Speaking of being real, Trop50 recently launched a new Facebook app, giving humans like you and me the change to get real about resolutions and the motivation behind them.  Their resolution creator is rather fun to play with, and generates resolutions (and the true motivation behind them) that are far more exciting than my “brush your teeth for a full 2 minutes, morning and night.”  Share your “true resolution” and earn Trop50 coupons and the chance to win a $1,000 gift card.  That’ll buy you a whooole lotta juice, or OJ Simpson memorabilia.  No judgement here.

For more information, and to declare your true resolution, head on over to Facebook.

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary coupon, redeemable for one bottle of Trop50.  I was not compensated for sharing my opinions on the product, nor for posting this… post.  Cool, thanks.  

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Yoga class (because I am too lazy to stretch)
  • Downton Abbey is back 🙂
  • Food shopping, laundry, and other Sunday things

Have you done anything new and noteworthy this year?

Today: I have a good feeling about this.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]  I don’t know about you, but I have a feeling 2011 is going to be one for the record books.  Or, the comic books at the very least.  We ushered out 2010 with our last long run with Team in Training, as the marathon is now just a week away.

Hang on, I need to faint.

Okay.  I’m back.  I couldn’t be more excited to run 26.2 miles and support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and I am so thankful for all of the generous and enthusiastic support I’ve received since our training began in August.  I am also tremendously nervous, but it would probably be weird if I wasn’t.  As I am sure you can imagine, I’m a bit more focused on the marathon than the New Year, but I’ve got some great resolutions and plans cooking and look forward to getting things going right after the race.  In the meantime, I need to focus on not falling down the stairs or getting hit by a city bus or something.

Looks like Mr. Learning enjoyed ringing in 2011.

What a party animal.

On that note… I hope you all have an incredibly, happy, healthy, peaceful, fabulous and fun new year.

Also On Tap for Today:

What are you most looking forward to this year?  Do you make resolutions?

Today: 2010.

Welp… we’re well into the fourth day of 2010, and I’ve yet to see a single flying spaceship car. Maybe tomorrow?  I’ve spent practically the entire year hopped up on Dayquil, sniffling and sneezing and on occasion, whining.  Apparently I’m ringing in the New Year with a cold, but I am not going to let that dampen my plan to have the BEST.  YEAR.  EVVVVVER!  Muhaha.

On New Year’s Day, Nick and his brother were off to Fenway bright and early for the NHL’s Winter Classic.  That meant Clark and I were left to fend for ourselves.  We went for a long walk in snowy Southie.  The walk proved to be too long, as I found myself carrying our 27 lb. Frenchie most of the way back to the condo, sneezing the whole way.  And no, public health commissioner, I was not sneezing into my elbow.  I thought it best to not drop the dog.

Clark’s been known to try and visit the D-6 Police Station, but on Friday he decided fling himself upon the steps of the station, rather dramatically and refuse to move.  I think he was trying to have me arrested for Frenchie endangerment.

I picked him back up, waddled home and promptly collapsed into bed, where I stayed for the following three days, giving me plenty of time to ponder New Year’s Resolutions, both for myself and other people.  I don’t know how kindly people take to having resolutions made for them, so I’ll just give you my own goals:

  • Complete a longer distance race. In 2009, I ran a 10k and a 7.5 mile race, so we’re looking at a 10 miler or half marathon.
  • Take more pictures.
  • Speed up my 5k time.  I’d like to run March’s Ras na hEireann in under 30.
  • Floss more regularly and overcome morbid fear of the dentist.  Maybe I will investigate sedation dentistry.  Or, given that we’re still in a recession, maybe I will save a few bucks and just take two Tylenol Simply Sleeps and trick Nick into chauffeuring me to and from the dentist.  I might even convince him that he owes me one, after the knocked out tooth/fraternity formal debacle of 2008.  Maybe.
  • Spend more time exploring the neighborhood.
  • Devote a few hours on Saturday to planning for the week ahead, in an effort to minimize the dread that has been setting in each Sunday evening since… well… since I became a real adult.  This planning might involve meals, work outs, work obligations and so on.
  • Make my lunch the night before, grammar school style.
  • Relax.  It’s not really that serious.
  • Use my vacation time.  For once.

I think each is doable, and most likely worth what effort they might require.  Especially the vacation part.  I’ll be sure to keep you updated of my progress or congress.  Here’s something to meditate over, this being Monday and all:

What We Need is Here, a poem by Wendell Berry

Geese appear high over us,

pass, and the sky closes.  Abandon,

as in love or sleep, holds

them to their way, clear

in the ancient faith: what we need

is here.  And we pray, not

for new earth or heaven, but to be

quiet in the heart, and in the eye,

clear.  What we need is here.

Alright, folks.  Time to take another Dayquil.  Or six.

Also On Tap for Today:

What are you resolving to do, or not to do?