New Years Resolutions to Keep!

Do you make New Years Resolutions and then don’t keep them past the first 30 days of the NEW YEAR? It could be that you didn’t make your Resolution a goal that you can keep…. I think the resolution needs to be a GOAL or THOUGHT process that needs to be a passion or an inspiration, for it to be REAL in your New Year. It also helps to say it OUT LOUD to a spouse or family member or WRITE IT DOWN and POST IT to keep the resolution more accountable with your personal commitment, MAKE IT REAL, don’t you agree?

I stumbled across this great contribution to Setting Goals that’s worth the read….and can help us with our resolutions, as well.


Goal setting is just the beginning of success. In order to set goals that are achievable you need to identify the obstacles that can hold you back. Here are 3 reasons why it is important that you identify the barriers to goal achievement before you begin.

1. Focus. When you deal with anticipated pitfalls in the planning stage then you eliminate the distraction at later phases of your goal achievement journey. Your focus is vital and it needs to be on your desired outcome. When you are constantly distracted by challenges which could have previously been eliminated then you are less likely to hit your goals. You may not be able to anticipate every obstacle that will knock you off course, but it helps to make contingencies for the obvious ones.

2. Excitement. You will find that excitement and consistent enthusiasm are the byproducts of a clear mind. Try to identify and if possible eliminate the challenges which can stop you from hitting your goals. If you can target those obstacles as the barriers standing between you and your objectives then you will free your mind to be creative. Most pitfalls can be eliminated quickly when they are recognized, examined and dealt with. Take the time to identify the obstacle and then make a plan for overcoming it. Then you are free to pursue your aspirations with excitement and passion.

3. Expectancy. Clearly identifying obstacles is the first step towards increasing your expectancy levels. After you identify the bottle neck then you remove it you will begin to expect the successful outcome of you achieving your goal. If you do not have a clear understanding of what it is that is stopping you then you will have a difficult time remaining positive. You will only anticipate positive results to the degree that you can solve your challenges. Once you know what is stopping you and you have successfully removed that barrier then you will begin to expect success in your endeavor.

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Do you have a few resolutions for your interiors for 2011? Should I suggest a few?

1. I will “Call Cumby” and set an appointment to get my window treatments addressed for energy efficiency and for beautiful additions to update my interiors!

2. I will “Call Cumby” to add in some new accessories and “shake it up” a little in my home!

3. I will “Call Cumby” to get this sofa recovered in a fabulous new fabric! It needs updating so badly!

4. I will “Call Cumby” to get started on my Kitchen renovation with great new organizing ideas that will address my needs, my wants and my desires!

5. I will “Call Cumby” to get this nasty carpet out and get some new floor coverings on the calendar!

Sometimes you will be surprised at some of the creative ideas that we can make work to give your interiors a big “change up”. Because, you will notice those needed “to dos” when your Christmas decorations come down. All of a sudden, it hits, and you need to address your interiors in some shape, form or fashion!

AND I have a BIG NEW YEARS RESOLUTION to share with you….more details to follow!

Grits and Greens Casserole (a great New Year’s recipe)

2 Cups whipping cream or Half and Half

8 Cups chicken broth, divided

2 Cups grits – not instant or quick cooking

1 LG bag frozen collard greens

2 sticks butter

2 ½ Cups Parmesan Cheese

½ Tsp fresh ground pepper

1 Cup cooked and crumbled bacon

Grease 13 x 9 casserole. Combine cream and 6 Cups chicken broth and bring to a boil. Stir in grits and cook over medium heat until grits return to a boil, cover, reduce heat to simmer, and stir frequently to keep from burning. 25 -30 minutes. Add milk if need to thicken to proper consistency. If you’re Southern, you know what this is, if not think of slightly runny oatmeal.

While grits are simmering, cook frozen collards with remaining chick broth till tender, about 10 minutes. Drain well in colander, squeezing out remaining liquid. Add butter, parmesan, and pepper to cooked grits and stir until butter is melted. Stir in cooked greens, and spoon into greased casserole. Top with parmesan and crumbled bacon. Dish can be served at room temperature or heated in 350 degree oven till browned on top.

It’s yummy- and I’m using it for New Years, too!


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