1. Give Back - I don't think that I would have ever had the strength and energy to conquer last year so successfully without my family and friends and this year I want to give back to them. I suppose we all go through a period where we just need to focus on getting one foot in front of the other until eventually we can look up and see a big, bright future. I'm excited to be feeling a whole lot more like me again and am truly looking forward to focusing on all of my relationships and simply being present.
2. Physical Challenge - I've been a runner for years now and I must admit in 2012 I got a bit lazy when it came to challenging myself. I stuck with the same routes and distances which kept me in shape, but certainly didn't push me to get even better. This year I've decided to sign up for more races to work on my speed and distance a bit. I've signed up for the NY Half and after running two when I was in college I'm setting a much faster goal for myself. Wish me luck!
3. Cook Something New - Good lord did I get into a boring cooking rut last year! This year, I'll be making at least one new recipe per week (which also means a lot of new recipes here!).
4. Photo Website - I've been lucky enough to get a nice even flow of work through word of mouth without having to update my website, but it's high time that I make this a priority. I have a bad habit of putting tasks like this on the back burner for months at a time, but this year I've decided to make this one of my top priorities.
5. Budget - It's funny, I've actually seen this on quite a few bloggers' sites for their resolutions. Perhaps it was the fiscal cliff giving us all anxiety, but it seems that we're all determined to make new budgets this year and really stick to them. I'm determined to cook more and eat out less, take fewer cabs, and really just get rid of some of my unnecessary spending.
To help kick off goal number one, I'm sharing these DIY Thank You Notes that I made for my family. I picked up my stamp from Paper Source, where I also miraculously stuck to goal number five. Have you popped into one of the stores? It's a little bit of a crafting and gifting heaven. It took all of my will power not to stock up on glitter, fancy paper cutters, and handmade paper.
DIY Thank You Cards
What you need:
- Plain greeting cards
- "Thank You" stamp
- Washi tape
- Patterned card stock
- Circle paper cutter
- Modge Podge glue
- Cheap paint brush (for glue)
What you do:
1. Many Thanks - Apply a generous amount of ink onto your stamp and simply follow along and let the ink run out. Repeat until you've accomplished your desired pattern. Note: This could be really beautiful using different colored inks too!
2. Circle Thank You's - Using your circle cutter, cut out multiple sizes of circles from the patterned card stock. Make sure the biggest circle fits your "Thank You" stamp. Stamp the largest circle and carefully glue onto greeting cards.
3. Thank You Post-it - Stamp onto card stock. Cut and attach to greeting card using washi tape.