It has been a while since I last posted.  I have thought about closing down this blog, but there are so many memories on here that I want to keep open for family and friends who actually read it.  Yes, it will remain alive in 2015, but I know it is on life support right now. So I am going to try to post more often.  Not everyday, but several times per week.  My first post of the new year is, of course, like many other bloggers – a post about the new year.

I no longer make New Years Resolutions.  I stopped doing that about four years or so ago.  Instead, I make project lists, as I like to call them.  I am someone who likes to tackle projects and challenges, instead of strict rules, which is how I feel about resolutions.

So for 2015, there are several “projects” I want to tackle.  Here are a few:

*  Clean my house.  Sounds funny, I know.  But I mean deep clean my house.  I plan to tackle this slowly, taking it one room at a time.  This may take me a while, but I will get it done.  Spent some time on Pinterest and found some great ideas of some products that you can make at home that work better than the stuff at the store.

* Get my cabinets and closets organized and get rid of “stuff”.  This, too, will take me some time, but I know how good it feels to clean out an area in my house, even if it is just a drawer.  Again, thanks to Pinterest, I have some good ideas which will not only help to get organized, but STAY organized.

* Clean and organize the garage.  Ugh.  This is not one of the projects I am excited about.  This project will take some extra support from the family, but come spring time, it will happen.  Trust me.  All I have to do is threaten to throw away everything that I think isn’t useful or worth anything and they all come running. . .

* Drink more water.  Who am I kidding.  It should read Drink Water Period.  I hate drinking water.  But I am going to slowly ease into it.  I finished a 20 oz bottle yesterday and plan to do the same every day.  It’s not much, but it is at least 20 more oz of water than I was drinking before. It is a good start.

* Exercise regularly.  I hate that this sounds like a resolution.  But it is hard to argue against all the good things exercise does for your body, including your brain.  I just have to set my mind on this.  It is important for my health.

* Write notes to people, often.  I received some really cool note cards for Christmas that I am eager to put to good use.  I know how I feel when someone writes me a note or card.  I want to be able to share that feeling with others.

I think I will stop here.  Those are enough projects to keep me busy in 2015, in addition to all the balls that I juggle in everyday life.

If you are reading this, thanks for sticking with me on this almost-dead-blog.  If you would like to share some of your 2015 projects, I would love to hear about them.

Happy Friday –


The “List” I Am Happy To Be On

I am 100% positive that I am on several “lists” that aren’t good ones to be on (trust me on this), but today I am celebrating the fact that the organization I head up has risen to #3 on “The List” in Columbus Business First.

I can remember looking at The List when I started working for the Chamber 10 years ago, (when we only had 490 members) and thinking how I wanted the Chamber to get into the top 3 and Ta Da – we did it!



Thanks to all my co-workers and the 1,000 members who helped to make this possible.  I am proud to live and work in Licking County Ohio.

Things I Learned Today

In the book The Fred Factor, the author encourages you to keep a log of things you learn every day.  I like that idea.

So. . .on this first day of a new year, I kept track of a few things that I learned today via various readings.

  • I knew the story of Noah and the Ark, but didn’t realize that the next destruction of the earth will come from fire  2 Peter 3: 6-12  Yikes.
  • The U.S. sees roughly 1,300 tornado’s a year – the most of any nation in the world.  (from the book Tornado Hunter)
  • 160,000 patients each year receive misdiagnosis and many of them can be prevented (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Eating breakfast can keep you slim.  Family Circle magazine reports that women who eat in the morning have lower body mass indexes and consume fewer calories during the day. Guess I need to start a new habit.
  • Want to get rid of some gift cards you will never use or buy some at discounted prices?  Go to giftcardgranny.com (found this in Family Circle magazine)

I feel smarter already.  Don’t you?

Happy People

Do you know someone who is simply a happy person?  It’s as if they were created with 100% happy cells throughout their bodies.

Do you know someone who you would say is a negative person – someone who always sees the bad in everything?  They wake up that way and go to sleep that way.

Now. . .which person would you prefer to spend time with?

“The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular reason for being so except that they are so.”

–        William Ralph Inge

If you are having trouble being “happy” try serving others.  In the book 101 Ways to Have A Great Day at Work, by Stephanie Goddard Davidson, it says:

To be of service to others can be a path to happiness.  Where can you be of service to the people you work with?  Try looking at everything you do today as helping someone else instead of another checkmark on your to-do list.