Friday, January 7, 2011

Happy Weekend + New Year Intentions

I thought I'd take this first week to think about my intentions for 2011.  I normally don't put much thought into "resolutions" but I can see why many people do because is there any better time so set some goals then at the beginning of the year?  2011 is going to be a year of big change for B and I am feeling hopeful and energized. So in the spirit of thoughtful living, here are my intentions for the new year:

1.  Unsubscribe to unsolicited emails whenever the option is available.  My inbox sometimes feels like a mecca of PR news that I don't care about.  I'm making it a point to fight back and declutter the inbox!
2.  2010 was the year of physical laziness for me.  For the sake of my health and mental well-being, I've made it a goal to hit the gym at least 2-3 times a week.  I know this doesn't sound like much for many gym rats out there, but for me, it's a big step.
3.  See an allergist (appointment already made!).  I live with a soy allergy that is incredibly difficult to control as avoidance is nearly impossible.  If you don't believe me, check the labels on just about any processed food.  B and I have worked really hard to cut soy out of my diet by eating meals made from scratch (there is no other way, in case you're wondering) but I think seeing an allergist is a step I should have taken a long time ago.
4.  Be honest with myself first and with others second.  I  plan on keeping a journal in an effort to quite the noise long enough to face my true self.  My goal here is to cut the things out of my life that aren't working and foster the things that bring me joy.  I'm looking forward to a year of renewal and change and, for me, this begins with honesty.

Easy enough, I think.  How about you?  Do you have any intentions for the new year?  I'd love to hear them.
Have a fantastic weekend.  Take a cue from Kya above and get some rest. xo

images:  taken by B

21 comments:

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

Oof, a soy allergy?! That's probably one of the worst. Hopefully your doctor can give you some tips to make it easier.

My big goal for 2011 is to push hard toward being my own boss. Hunching over a computer in my cube is not for me. :-)

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

Great list!
seeing an allergist is a very good idea! Hope you'll find out more info~ knowledge is power indeed, yes?

xo

abby jenkins said...

Kya has got the right idea, she looks so chill.

You have reminded me to make an appt for my 1st mammogram. My resolution was to take charge of my life, and my health. Thanks for the reminder.

Cheers to you and poop on soy!

LahTeaDah said...

Great Resolutions - very honest and for your over-all well being! Good Choices!

XOXO
Yours Truly

17 Perth said...

First of all, love love love the pics of the pup. Precious. Love your thoughts on the new year....I hope to be more reflective on things that are in my life as well. Good luck. ; )

Jill said...

great resolutions. i think trying to get to the gym 2-3 days a week is a realistic goal and that is what makes goals successful. best of luck.

Nicola said...

I've heard that if you unsubscribe from unsolicited emails that confirms for them that it's a valid address, so they spam you all the more. I don't know whether that's true or not, but I block their addresses instead of unsubscribing because of it. I decided to unsubscribe from all of the mailing lists that I signed up for once upon a time and now aren't interested. My inbox feels cleaner!

Down and Out Chic said...

nicola- oh no, i didn't know that! i think i'll be blocking some addresses then. thank you.

flynn said...

This year I resolve to let my hair grow out and to worry less :)
In the random information category, the sickest I ever saw a friend of mine who also had a soy allergy was after eating a home-cooked meal which contained soy protein additive which is often added (I feel, rather redundantly) to raw chicken, and from Mellow Mushroom pizza, as they make their dough with some soy flour. Hope you experience some relief from this in 2011!

caterpillar said...

Good luck with your intentions...I'm with you on #2.

Claire Marie said...

I think these are all really great goals - especially the last. It's so important to work out what you want and where you're going before you're too concerned with the opinions of anyone else! :)

Claire x
http://tea-breaks.blogspot.com

Shopgirl said...

Love #2 and #4. Happy new year and good luck on your resolutions.

Jennifer Nicole said...

Just found you via tumblr :) Love this post...I can sooo relate to #1! ...a cluttered inbox is a cluttered mind. Love your blog!

Down and Out Chic said...

flynn- i was extremely ill after eating mellow mushroom pizza last year. we called the company and they denied putting soy in their flour, but i've heard from others soy is an ingredient. either way, i will not be eating there again.

Melissah said...

I'm an interior designer from Melbourne, Australia - I loved your blog, I found it very inspiring. This is all new to me but I have just set up my own blog
scrapbook-melissah.blogspot.com
You may like to check it out because I had so much fun doing it.
Thanks for providing me with such great entertainment!
Cheers
Melissah

Down and Out Chic said...

Melissah- thanks for stopping by and best of luck with your new blog. i'll definitely check it out.

glam.spoon said...

Great list of resolutions! I'm on board with the same (except for the allergist - so sorry on that front!. Happy New Year!

Julia @ Boredom Abounds said...

The gym resolution is one of mine, too! I'm trying to hit the gym twice a week and swim laps once a week. It's hard, but once I'm there working out I remember how much better I feel after!

classic • casual • home said...

soy allergy...my daughter has that, too. But she will not stop with Chinese food...
Also, I have two email addresses, one for ads and one for personal...but you are right. I need to clear out the email clutter.
Mary Ann

Ana said...

Love your goals! I'm all about the resolutions.. Good luck with yours!

I wrote mine here (+ you can see my super cute pup, Howard):

http://projecttrophywife.blogspot.com

TK Kerouac said...

#2 #4
honesty with yourself first, thats the key!

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