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the list: 2012

Perhaps #1 should be not procrastinating? I can't believe 20 hours into 2012 and I'm just getting this done. But here it is. Ways I'm going to make 2012 better than 2011.

1. Create more. If I can make something (sewing, crafting, activities outside of "play with your toys") each month, I'll feel like a supreme success.

2. Complain less. I'll be a better conversational partner because of it.

3. Serve on a regular basis. I'm not sure what this looks like, but I'm doing my research. In my hopes to engage the community, I need to be specific that it's not the community "just like me."

4. Write something beyond the blog.

5. Do a bit of physical activity 5 days a week. My downfall is when this requires changing into a bra that prevents bounce. But I just found a 30 day "challenge" (thanks Pinterest!) that provides some movement and crunching that I can squeeze in at the end of the day sans post-activity shower. A few jumping jacks and crunches are better than nothing.

6. Take more pictures.

7. Find new outlets to meet people in this community. A writers group, a running club for young girls, Dar la Luz, kids activities (parks & rec activities, the library)... there are possibilities out there if I choose to follow through.

8. Facebook less. If I really want to know what my friends are doing, give them a call, shoot them an email asking them real questions about their life or plan an outing to meet up.

9. Get dressed more. Working from home has a way of luring me into my comfy pants. Though I don't need to go to the 9s, I could at least don pants with a zipper 3-4 times a week.

Try as I might, I can't think of a last one to round out an even list. So, I'll leave it as a wild card. Perhaps mid-year I'll toss one in.