January Reflection

“The difference in winning and losing is most often… not quitting.”  ~Walt Disney

January’s journey to Healthy Abundant Living looks like this:


Clean eating:  Thanks to the local Peapod.com online ordering and easy-to-schedule delivery service, I have been able to increase fresh fruits and vegetables into my daily diet while decreasing highly-processed foods. Ordering online eliminates the supermarket end-of-aisle displays and spontaneous purchases thus keeping food budget to a minimum. I have also taken advantage of Google to find recipes that spice up my life. Here’s one that will surely hit the spot during these cold, dark winter days…  Crockpot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup


Exercise:  Daily program:

  • Yoga
  • 30-45 minute walking program or stationary biking while watching UConn basketball
  • 2-minute leg workout and 10 push-ups (good start, but still need to develop the daily habit)


Purge and organize: This month I have been working in the bathroom closet. As I worked my way from top to bottom, I discovered a hidden bottle of Tea Tree Oil. Bummer…  I just bought another one. Benefits of periodic organizing are saving money, time and energy. Totally frustrating when I find something hiding in the back of a shelf that I just spent money to replace. Oh well, I won’t need to buy Tea Tree Oil for a long time.

Gobi – Leopard Gecko

Another benefit of organizing is the newly acquired space when unused items are removed and passed along to someone in need. The extra humidifier went to my grandson who now has a pet — a leopard gecko that requires a humid atmosphere. Take good care of him, Ty!



  1. Finished handwritten notes to those who touched my life during the holidays
  2. Breakfast Club with long-time female friends
  3. NAPO-CT regular monthly meeting followed by Board of Directors meeting
  4. Book Club at the library – this month tried to tackle The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison. Very difficult reading and abandoned my efforts part way through. Conclusion: I must be lacking in empathy as I just couldn’t get my head wrapped around the story line.
  5. Time for grand-kids:
    • Church play – Ev narrated; Ty was a camel; Ri, of course, was an angel
    • Bushnell Theater for lunch and Daniel Tiger production with one excited little girl
    • No school day is a perfect opportunity to build Lego village with a special boy
    • Picked up the two younger grand kids after a half day at school. This afternoon fun time was dedicated to craft project — using old paper to make cards, book marks and a mini scrapbook.
    • Special birthday celebration for a super 9 year old

Yup – still on track with resolutions. How are you doing? Send an email to let me know of your accomplishments this month. Just fill in the form below.

Gretchen Rubin, author of “Better than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits,” stated that achieving a goal is not the finish line but one milestone out of many where we can continually move in the direction we choose.

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