Happy new year! Are you ready for 2012? I say BRING IT!
Do you sit down each holiday season to reflect on the past year and plan your resolutions for the next year? I definitely map or plan what I’d like to achieve in the upcoming year. I also try to write down specific steps I need to take to achieve those goals.
This year, I also asked my fellow bloggers to join me and share their plans with us for 2012…Take a peek at the wonderful responses I got back after the jump…
“To surf more and tweet less. I imagine this will raise my happiness factor exponentially.” Catherine Toth…journalist, blogger, foodie…her blog The Cat Dish is the site to visit if you’re looking for ono eats on Oahu.
“In 2012, I am going to stop dreaming and start doing. I’m happiest when I am being creative, so this is the year that I am going to concentrate on making art/blogging/photography my full-time job!” Angie of Living Aloha is an artist living a beautiful life on Maui. Her blog is full of gorgeous pictures and a positive vibe.
“My New Years Resolution is to learn Italian for my trip to Italy in April and to wake up earlier.” Rachel Follet is a Maui blogger and graphic/web designer who supports all things handmade and vintage. Her blog, Lovely Clusters is filled with pretty photos which have that muted vintage feel I love.
“Being a freelancer, I don’t have a set schedule – it’s easy to have a leisurely breakfast, then do some yoga, then get down to work which ends up being late morning or noon. I need to manage my time better. So, in the New Year I resolve to do my yoga routine while I take my morning shower – more efficient use of time and I’ll dig into my work earlier.” Sue Hudelson is a Maui photographer whose in home portraits capture the true essence of her subjects. I love her blog updates…Maui No Ka Oi as seen through her artistic lens.
“This may sound a little lolo but this year I resolve to make a souffle. It’s something I’ve never tried to make and feel it is one of my culinary duties. ” Gwen Edwards of Saturdays with Maggy is blogging tempting pics and recipes from her kitchen on the Big Island.
“I guess I would have to say it is the same resolution I’ve had for the past few years and that is to live healthier. Each year I feel I get better at it. My goal is to continue the progression.” Jill Mayo of the West Side of Maui is blogging her poetry and also bringing us entertaining and information podcasts via her new venture, Living Maui Social.
“One of my new years’ resolution is run. Run for health reasons (exercise). I will “run” regularly – at least once a week but would aim to do more. And one thing to help solve this – I will put a desk on my treadmill so I can use my computer while I ran. But I will make it a point to run outside on early Saturday mornings 🙂 ” Liza Pierce of AMauiBlog who posts wonderful images of her life with her family and updates on community events. She’s also a source of great info if you follow her on twitter.
“I’m going to Europe in May. So, I want to save at least $7,000.” Jenny of JenKakio is a blogger and a nursing student on Oahu. Her lifestyle blog is totally entertaining and gives us a peek into her Honolulu life.
“Last year my resolution was to write a book, I wrote it so this year I’m going to make it my resolution to publish my first book! I got a sparkly bass guitar and I’m gonna shoot it and learn to play 5 jams in 2012! I also want to raise awareness with Slow Food Maui especially in schools!” Aimee of Aimees Paradise has a wonderful travel and food blog, Butterflies on Cloud Nine and is also a partner in Living Maui Social.
“Stay focused. Be a positive force in social media. Make as many Hawaiian memories with my family as possible. Grow my biz, Tag a Towel.” Sarah Burns of The Ohana Mama is a mama travel blogger and an entrepeneur for her adorable and useful, Tag a Towel, which helps everyone in the family keep their cooties to themselves.
“Mine is to engage more with people, both online and in real life.” Joelle Ihilani Birano is a mama, paper crafter and a blogger in central Maui. Her blog, So Pupuka, is one of my favorite online destinations.
“Mine is the same each year… I resolve not to make resolutions.” Mike Neal of Neal Studios, a Maui photographer says with a smile.
“To be a better listener, to excel in my business Maui Country Farm Tours, to S-L-O-W down long enough each day to read a book “off-line” and to paint on canvas and sew quilts this year. (To organize all this will require a BIG Calender and scheduled time management.) To manage my time effectively… Is my New Years resolution.” Marilyn Lopes of Maui Country Farm Tours, who is a woman of many talents. In addition to showcasing our Maui farms, she is also a nurse, writer and artist.
“Like Mike, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I definitely plan, like Marilyn, to luxuriate in more print books! I look at positive change as a c o n t i n u u m, with opportunities for growth presenting themselves *every day* (some subtle, some not so subtle). I feel blessed.” Linda Lindsey, is a librarian for Seabury Hall who blogs about what she loves about the Valley Isle…Celebrate Maui.
“My resolution: to publish two more books in the Lei Crime Series in 2012, and finish a new book. YIKES, did I really put that down???” Toby Neal, a published crime novelist living on Maui. I love visiting her blog as she shares so much information on writing, publishing and her Maui life.
“I am one of the un-resolution people but I do like the idea of a January do-over!” Roxanne Darling, a social media strategist and a Consciousness Coach. Her blog, In The Transition, always makes me take a closer look or look at things in an entirely different way.
And as for me? Mine are quite simple but will take some habit changes and dedication. My plans for 2012 are to eat real food in reasonable amounts, break a sweat or get my zen on at least four times a week, write a chick lit novel that gets to the heart of things with humor, learn to take a decent picture in manual mode, prepare one new food or drink item each week and experience one new thing or place on Maui once a month. For personal finance and the day job, I will continue to improve in the areas of planning, prioritizing and keeping focused.
What are your plans for 2012?