Another New Year at Our Little House

It’s that time again when we start looking toward a new year and making those resolutions – or not.

I posted last year that I typically do not make a whole lot of resolutions, as they never seem to work out.

Instead, I try to focus on self-improvement on a daily basis.

Other than reformulating my business plan and setting goals for the business, the only real goal I set for myself is typically a reading list.

Last year, I set the goal of reading 26 books, one for every other week.

Um, that didn’t work out too well, I might have missed putting a couple on my list, but I think I only hit 9.

I’m a bad weather reader, meaning when warm weather hits, I seem to fall out of the mood of reading. I pick it back up again in the winter, so this is prime reading time for me.

So, this year, I will set the goal of reading 10 books. I should be able to handle that, although a book my aunt recently recommended is 800 pages. I wonder if that counts for at least two!?

I’ll be making my reading list and posting them next week.

To Our Living Large community, I wish for you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year in 2011 and may all of your dreams for living large come true.

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why and if so, what are they?

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19 Responses

  1. I’m trying to think of a year-long series of tiny resolutions, so I don’t make the mistake I do every year of picking a bunch of huge overarching goals and then forgetting all about them in two months. This month, reading instead of computing is one thing I’m trying.

    • kerri says:

      That’s an excellent goal, Melanie. I think as a society, we spend too much time computing these days. Several months ago, I started unplugging on the weekends. I come back on Monday refreshed and feeling more like I accomplished something.

  2. I heard someone made the following resolutions and I decided to subscribe to them, too.
    1. Eat more chocolate (especially dark chocolate)
    2. Drink more champagne
    3. Take more naps

  3. Mary B says:

    I don’t make New Year Resolutions either but I hope it doesn’t hold true for me that what I was doing New Years Eve or day isn’t how I’ll be spending the year. I’ve been sick for over a month and those two days it started to get worst although tonight I forced myself to get on the computer for a little while so everyone knows I’m still around.

    It looks like I will be adding a new grandchild this year, added a grandson last year. I currently have 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter so maybe a granddaughter to start to even things out.

    Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year.

  4. BJ Lambert says:


    I don’t make resolutions, rather, like some who have posted, I try to go forward with self-improvement changes. I do clean the house, eat my black eyed peas and greens, and try to be ready for whatever the new year throws at me.
    It’s time to go back to work for me tomorrow…but won’t be long til this semester has flown by and it will be summer again-time to do more up at the cabin, still praying for that wonderful job to allow me to move up to the cabin full time.
    Here’s praying and hoping that all of us get what we deserve and work for…May we all be gainfully employed, blessed in our finances, and always have enough to feed an extra mouth at our tables this year!

    • kerri says:

      Those are great sentiments, BJ. I do hope for your new job so you can move to your little cabin full time!

  5. Margo says:

    No resolutions for me. . .However. . .Years ago my best friend, Kathy, told me that, the way she spent the first day of the New Year was a good indicator for how the rest of the year would play out. With that in mind, I try to start January 1 with a clean house, a full refrigerator, as full a bank account as I can get, and most importantly, enjoying my friends and family.

    BTW, the New Year’s Day Kathy told me this, we were snowed in at her house together. That year we had record snow storms in region (including a snow storm on April 30th followed by 60 degrees on May 1st), and we managed to spend more time together than we had in years past.

    All the best to you and yours in 2011 !

  6. Maryann says:

    We’ve only been Empty Nesters” for a couple of months. I’m going to try to de-clutter more, read more books, spend more time on some hobbies(counted cross stitch, sewing, antiquing/junking, horses, gardening) and sort of reinvent myself – will be fun to see how the improved (I hope!!) me turns out!! Hope you’ll have a new year of good health, good times, and thus good memories!

  7. V Schoenwald says:

    I do not make resolutions either. Murphy’s Law dominates my life so I just take what life throws at me daily and learn from its lessons.
    Have a Happy New Year, Kerri, and a wonderful 2011.

  8. Olivia says:


    Why bother – I won’t keep them. I have such a rebellious nature that I even rebel against my own rules.

    Ah well – there you have it.

    Happy New Year.

    • kerri says:

      You made me LOL this morning, Olivia. I’ve always been a rebel too, so maybe that’s why I can’t even follow my own rules! 😉

  9. S.A.B.L.E. says:

    And a Happy New Year to you at your little house.

    I really tend not to make New Year resolutions but this start to the new year is a time to refocus on some goals, as well as to continue to reduce, reuse, recycle and try to be a better person and make a difference on this world as best I can.