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Habits to Lose & Skills to Gain

For the past couple of days, I have been thinking about what I want my New Years resolutions to be. I’ve been good about being a regular at the gym, not just when the major holidays and summertime come around. I have my boyfriend to thank for that, who is dedicated to going nearly every day. Me, I am more of a 3 or 4 times a week kind of gal and during that time of the month maybe twice. Since I got that locked down from last year’s resolutions, I am trying to think long and hard about what I want to accomplish this year.

What I really want to try for is giving up processed sugars like soda and candy (but not my baked goods) and the big one…fast food. This year though, I don’t want to just be giving something up, I want to gain something too. I think the best way I can incorporate the sugar-free, no fast food thing into my New Years resolution is to learn to cook. Now don’t get me wrong, I know how to somewhat cook. Basics like breakfast foods, and the occasional dinner meal. But my boyfriend is the main cook in the household, and whether he admits it or not he does not like to give up the reins of cooking. He takes control even when I am cooking he’ll add stuff in when I am not looking, especially when I am making chili. He prefers it extra spicy.

When it comes to cooking though, I really want to learn how to make healthy food dishes. I definitely want to start trying seafood; it is one of the healthier things in life. I have a thing about textures with food, my boyfriend says that’s just me being picky, but it’s a thing, I swear. But I don’t want him to have all the pressure to keep us healthy all year long, I want to contribute too. Plus he mainly sticks with foods that involve beef. Bacon and steak kind of guy.

Another resolution that I want to take on is to learn Spanish. It’s something that I have always wanted to learn, and yes I took Spanish classes during high school and one semester during college but it just never stuck with me. I’ve always wanted to have conversations with my grandparents in Spanish and ever since my grandma past away it has been something that has been eating away at me. Again, any suggestions on where it would be best to get some lessons that would be wonderful. I will be doing research of my own on both things, but it’s always nice to have some feedback from others who have done the same and hear their stories.

Last year I had multiple resolutions, so I am not set on just keeping one, but I know a lot of my attention will stick with one, like working out had stuck with me mainly instead of taking more photos and focusing on reading more. Though I will say, I have gotten better about reading more. Pictures not so much, though I am trying! I want to make some photo albums so I can finally delete them off my laptop that’s another goal. And of course, I want to get back into reading again. I used to read all the time as a kid well into my teens. It’s what made me want to go into writing, shocker there I know. How uncommon for a kid to be inspired to be a writer from reading. That’s a story for another time though.

One that I am really hoping that I stay true to is writing every day. Whether it be writing on here, or writing a story that comes to mind, or even just some song lyrics I really hope that that’s something that will never go away. I want to always be writing whether I finally get a job involving writing or it just remains my hobby I still want to feel passionate about writing, and if making that one of my resolutions help me to keep it, I will make it one of them.

I hope you all have resolutions that help you to gain a skill and lose a bad habit. Until next time…

Justine

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Writer, just trying to figure out what's next.

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