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New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. New Year’s Eve is upon us, which means it’s time to ring in the new year by partying hard (hopefully not too hard). It’s also that time to think about New Year’s Resolutions. Now before you say, “Oh I’ll start working out, or I’ll quit drinking/smoking,” think hard about the resolution you want to make. Of course, if these are your resolutions then go for them – just make sure you won’t fall off the wagon say after the end of January. Try and make resolutions that you’ll see through to this time next year. Remember, resolutions don’t have to be big, they can be little ones. Here are a few suggestions for resolutions for 2013:

1. Learn a new language – planning a trip somewhere where the language is totally different? Recently met someone who speaks a different language and want to impress them? Why not learn that language. Even if you don’t have time to take formal classes, you can always use Rosetta Stone or even watch kids shows in that language. Just learning the basic phrases will get the ball rolling.

2. Take up a new hobby – Ever wanted to paint? Star-gaze? Make the new year the year you pick up a new hobby, that will fill your life outside of work, and enrich your life.  Think about what you would love to do and make it a part of your daily life.

3. Volunteer – Giving back to your community can be a great resolution for the new year. I’ve volunteered at the local chamber of commerce as well as a historic attraction. It was only two days a week, and I found myself more satisfied by simply donating my time to help others. Even if you can only commit to once a week, that’s still better than nothing. Any time you give will be greatly appreciated. Tis better to give than to receive.

4. Reconnect with someone from your past – Is there someone whom you’ve been distanced from? Want to reconnect with them, but not sure if it’s the right time? This could certainly be that time. With all the social media, finding people has never been easier. And when you do reconnect, take things slow especially if things ended off less than pleasant. It will help to bridge that gap and ease the transition.

My resolution is to become a better writer and to have my novel finished – something attainable, at least that’s what I think. So whatever your resolutions are for the new year, make sure you can stick with them! Don’t be like so many who make unrealistic ones and give up too soon. Happy New Year everybody and all the very best for 2013!

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Three things to love about autumn

I’ve been reading and hearing about this through Twitter, my weekly writing forum, my friends, etc. Summer is over and most people seem to be glum, glum, glum. Sure, the kids are back to school; the temperatures are starting to go down; time to say bye-bye to barbeques, wearing sandals, you get the idea. However, don’t run and hide from the approaching autumn. After all, it’s not quite winter yet and you can still get out and enjoy the outdoors. All you have to do is to put up with the brisk winds and an extra layer or two.

Believe it or not, there are many things to look forward to about autumn. And before you let out a heavy sigh and/or roll your eyes, here’s a few things to look forward to about the amazing autumn:


  1. Fall Colors – for you photographers and hikers, this is one of the most awe-inspiring times of the year. Who can deny the shades of red, yellow and orange? For those Canadians out there, when you think of fall the maple leaf must surely come to mind! Taking photos of the color-changing leaves can make for a nice desktop background on your PC or Smartphone (they come in handy for those gloomy rainy days – you know what I mean). Plus, they make for nice Instagram pics too!
  2. Sports, Sports, Sports, Sports – This is when the NFL and soccer is back in full swing. And for you hockey fans, the NHL starts in October! Now isn’t it nice to be able to look forward to Saturday night/Sunday afternoon games with your group of best buds?
  3. Halloween – Your kids will be looking forward to this (assuming they’re into it).  And for the grown-ups, escorting your kids around the block as they fill their bags with goodies can bring back the good old days when it was you dressed up as a witch or ghost getting bags of candies. Bottom line, when your kids are happy you’re happy. That gleam in their eyes can help when you’ve been having a bad day. Unfortunately, I never got into Halloween as a kid, so make sure your kids do some trick-or-treating for me!


Now yes, I’ll admit raking leaves day after day is daunting and painful. So I’ll acknowledge it now, and hopefully you won’t call me a loony.  Fall is coming and we can’t make it disappear. So get out there and enjoy autumn while it’s here, and while the weather’s still decent enough to get out and about.


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When the magic of summer is gone

Does this image make you cringe? You know that thought – back to school, back to books, back to teachers, etc. I remember being depressed at this time of year when I was a kid. Always anticipating going back to school after relaxing, sometimes exciting summers to face homework, classes and a few kids that didn’t like me. It seems like yesterday it was the middle of June and now bam! The end of August is here, which also means the end of summer. For many of you, you’re already back in school and are thinking ‘Meh, this blog doesn’t apply to me.’ Well, don’t stop reading yet, because there’s some pieces in this posting which you might find useful. After all, the school year has only just begun. For the rest of you, you’re getting set for the upcoming school year – buying new clothes, school supplies and likely burning holes in your parents’ pockets buying the latest gadgets. Some of you are actually looking forward to going back to school, while some are running away in fear from the constant back-to-school advertising that is constantly popping up everywhere. So what can you do to get over the fear of the upcoming year and make the most of it? Firstly, accept that it is coming and you can’t turn back time, unless you’re lucky enough to come across a genie in a lamp – Do tell me if you find one!

Going back to school represents so many opportunities, whether it be to make a fresh start, improve yourself (and your GPA!) or making new friends. The year is yours and you should do everything you can to make it a good one. For all you kids out there, here’s a few tips to help make the most of the school year.

  1. Try something new – For you freshmen, this will be easy. For the rest, try something new that you didn’t do the year before. Try joining the student council, joining a new club (or just joining one period) or audition for a school play. There’s something for everyone!
  2. Make new friends – try befriending the one of the new students. It can help expand your circle of friends, as well as helping someone new adjust to school life. Don’t let yourself be put off by the fact that this person is new (it’s natural to fear the unknown). Remember when you were new! Who knows? There will be other times in your life when you’re the new guy or girl. And certainly don’t let your current friends put you off meeting new people; don’t let them make you miss out on something great.
  3. Set goals – Try to set three goals that you want to accomplish over the school year. If that’s too much, try for at least one goal a semester. That could be improve your grades, overcome a difficult subject, or become the most popular kid in school (if you can do that in a semester, I’ll commend you). Moreover, set a goal you want to accomplish outside of school. Think about something you want to see change in your personal life – make that your goal. After all, improving yourself doesn’t have to be contained within the school walls!

And for you parents, I imagine you’re going through as much stress as your kids. There’s a few things you can do to help your kids adjust to the new school year:

  1. Preparation – help your kids adjust early by say having them go to bed and getting up early. You can do this the week before school starts. This will help to get them used to getting up early for school, since they’ve likely spent most of the summer sleeping in until noon.
  2. Set limits – This I’m referring to how much time they spend on all of their electronic wizardry (you know what I mean). There’s so much more distractions today than back in my day, I wonder how kids get their work done. This will help your kids stay focused on the constant homework and assignments that pop up.
  3. Reward – After the first week of school, reward your kids. Take them out to dinner, a movie, etc. The first week is often the toughest, and they need to let out a little steam.

I do hope this helps. I wish I’d thought of all this when I was in school. Make this year the best school year possible. Just get involved in school and remember your schoolwork is the most important. Always make that your number one priority!

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