Friday, January 7, 2011


It's a brand new, unused year!!  What are you going to do with yours?  Are you like me and dispense with making a "New Year's Resolutions" list?  I don't know what it is about doing that, but it sends me into instant guilt mode.   I end up getting a ton of stuff done over the year, but I end up avoiding the list.   Is it an ADHD thing?  I don't know.

I will say that I am a firm believer in moving forward, because when I stand still, I stop progressing and I become unhappy. So even though I won't be making an official list, I'm thinking a lot about what I want to do this year.

I'm thinking about . . .

  • Being a little kinder to myself.
  • Growing my hair out.
  • Studying the Constitution of the United States.
  • Taking a web design class at the local university.
  • Starting a sewing group for people who want to sew. (Still looking for a location that will house 23 women.)
  • Shopping at a flea market in France.
  • Taking a cooking class in France.
  • Taking a hike up to Mary's Lake with Julie and Shelly.
  • Re-doing my bedroom.
  • Hosting a back yard concert featuring Sarah Sample.
  • Going to a play with my kids.
  • Planting fruit trees.
  • Canning pickles with Maria.
  • Going to a spa with Pam.
  • Celebrating Matt's 50th birthday in a big way.
  • Visiting C Jane and Emily C.
  • Taking a family photograph with Blue Lily in the Orange Groves near our house.
  • Reading the Book of Mormon with my family.
  • Playing golf with Anne, and Shauna.
  • Spending time in the Salt Lake Genealogy library with Norm and his wife.
  • Meeting up with Meg D if she visits So. Cal. this year.
  • Eating lunch on the pier with Brooke.
  • Publishing last year's blog entries into a book for each of my kids.
  • Hitting Smeeks with Hauley.
  • Eating vegetables from Grant and Nina's garden.
  • Convincing my book club that we don't have to disband just because everyone is too busy to read books.
  • Getting Christine to teach me how to use my Cricut like a pro.
  • Convincing my kids that it's really fun to hang out and play games instead of watching television.
  • Meeting up with friends at Spark (and that includes you Eunice, Jenni, Meg, and anyone else who wants to join me.)
  • Hanging out more with my talented scrapbook friends.
  • Visiting the temple once a month.
  • Helping Eden get all his merit badges so he can start on his Eagle project.
  • Sewing pajamas for the Young Women girls camp.
  • Reading all the Penguin Classic books I purchased because I fell in love with the covers.
  • Taking a silver-casting class.
  • Welcoming new babies in the Beutler clan.
  • Being patient when I'm in the passenger seat with Claire.
  • Convincing Bob Nielsen before he goes on his mission that he needs to open a Cafe Rio in Temecula. (I'm still trying to figure out how Redlands got one before we did.)
  • Being patient with teens who don't want to clean up after themselves.
  • Getting the Lower Lights to come to Temecula for a concert.
  • Dinner with Cami, Tracy and Marilyn. 
  • Dropping Eden and Claire off at Universal so I can visit Lyndsay.
  • Walking the loop once a week with Elfie (That my friends, is a big one for me.)

Wish me luck. I'm committing to nothing. I'm just moving forward. Maybe my word of the year should be "Press On." Still pondering that one.


Rosie said...

I like your list! I am struggling with this type of thing myself. I am trying to think of a word for the year-still wondering. I have one that keeps coming but I am not sure about it.

I should probably choose-DO LAUNDRY but it doesn't sound so fun!!

tomiannie said...

Good list! Too bad we don't live in the same state, because I think it would be fun to teach you to use your Cricut like a pro... :) Also, I wish you the best on getting your Cafe Rio. I hope I never have to live in a world without pork salad...

I just posted about my approach to resolutions myself, if you want to check it out:

Eunice said...

I was hoping to read "Go to Nashville to visit Eunice" on your list :D

Oh, and I'd love to crash your Spark party. Can I come?

Jenni said...

i like this of yours! you are one busy lady, but all goals that sound like they would be fun to do!

i am with eunice, can i crash spark this year too?

Eve said...

You are seriously on your way to a new you, list or no. But I do love your list. Especially the whole "things I'm thinking about" sentiment. And the "being kinder to [your]self". Pretty much every woman should put that on her list, right at the top like you did.

whitty-acres said...

Love that we made the list! And, can I come to the concerts when you make them happen? Ps I have a very adorable cjane video to show you.

Angie said...

So, are you trying to squeeze in a trip to France?

Even though I don't know who Eunice is, if you planned a trip to Nashville, I could most definitely meet up with you there...a short little jaunt up the road for me. :)

meg duerksen said...

i love this!
i am sure i will be returning to Cali sometime this year....or spark which ever comes first!

Tess Smith said...

i'm impressed with this list. i'm a newbie, i saw your name on meg's list of favorite blogs. i'm inspired by your new years list of things to possibly accomplish. maybe i'll make one of my own!

vanpeltium said...

Just found your blog via "whatever" LOVE IT!!! I had a questions about how you publish your blog for your kids. I would love to do the same. What co. do you use? I've had this on my "to-do" list for 4 years. Time to get something done :)