Friday, January 14, 2011

A Visual Life

A video from one of my favorite bloggers/photographers, The Sartorialist. Seriously, I am addicted to his site.

Sorry for my lack of recent posts readers. I need to take Ferris Bueller's advice, (Link) View more Ferris Buellers Day Off Sound Clips and Matthew Broderick Sound Clips

Monday, January 3, 2011

My Numbers for 2011

Did you make any New Years Resolutions? This year I thought I would try mine in numbers. Maybe or maybe not it will merit some change.

So here are my resolutions in numbers. 11 for 2011.

1. It's ok being a 1 without a +1. I'm happy.
2. Spend as much time as I can with the 2 precious babes in my life, my niece (Lily, age 2) and my nephew (Harry, age 4 days, he was a NYE baby!)
3. Take 3 major vacations this year. South America, scuba diving in Bonaire and volunteering in Spain.
4. Exercise at least 4 times a week. Yoga, golf, weight training, run, dancing, etc.
5. Play golf at least 5 times a month once the courses open. Practicing at the driving range counts.
6. Drink at least 6 glasses of water a day. I know the recommendation is 8 but I'm being realistic.
7. Walk my dog 3 times a day, 7 days a week. No matter the weather. Good for her and me.
8. Attend 8 new events or take 8 new classes this year. 1 night cooking class, 6 weeks of night classes to learn a new language, a financial planning course for an afternoon, a Masters class at the Art Institute...the possibilities are endless.
9. Meditate. I'm trying for 90 minutes a week, or about 12-15 minutes a day of meditation.
10. Boxes. Currently most of what I own is in a 7x10 foot storage unit. I moved into a friend's furnished condo last August (she moved to Paris!) and left most of my furniture with my ex husband as he still lives in the marital home. I stored my regular and rare book collections, most of my photographs and art, all of my glass and barware, my son's childhood items, holiday decorations and my home and garden tools. I own 5 pieces of furniture (a bedroom set, an armoire and a desk), a few lamps, some patio furniture and a rug. Well that is still too much stuff. My goal is to reduce my life to 10 boxes of personal items not including my few pieces of furniture. When and if I decide to buy another home I will furnish it with antiques at that time. Every month this year I will reduce my stuff. I've learned it's not the stuff that makes you happy.
11. Invest more. My goal is $11 a day, which will total $4015 after 365 days. A nice bit of change for a rainy day or to earn me some money in a money market or CD.

So there are my numbers. How are you keeping track of your New Years Resolutions?