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2015 Goals – Wellness, Learning and Fun


All the best to you in the year ahead.

January can be a month of contrasting and conflicting emotions.  The celebration of a new year arriving and the emotional let down that the end of the festive season. The start of a new year versus feeling overwhelmed with all the potential resolutions to make. These feelings are doubled being my birth month so there is an acknowledgement of another new year beginning.

I had seen a friend post on January 1st that she no longer does resolutions. Rather, she  has changed her mindset to Realizations, that a self realization would help lead to a change in behaviour to become better or happier.

In many articles about achieving goals, they say that writing them out and sharing them with others increases the rate of success. Whatever they may be resolutions and/or realizations, I have the typical ones dealing with wellness but I also have included things to learn and have fun to ensure they are also achieved. I may come back, edit, and update.

In categories but no particular order:


  • Sign up for a fitness challenge which incorporates clean eating, cardio and resistance training
  • Start turning my walks into runs
  • Sign up for a 10 km run this spring
  • Try to get to bed before 1 AM 3 days a week – a big challenge for a night owl
  • Try a new recipe a week
  • Declutter and maintain


  • How to properly use the Nikon DSLR camera that was handed down to me by Dad
  • How to Code in at least one language
  • How to use WordPress better and learn how to code
  • Sign up for an online course


  • Blog 3 times a week
  • Join a social group of some sort based on similar interests like photography or cooking
  • Find a way to work with youth in my community to be a mentor
  • Write up proper tasting notes for each whisky in my collection
  • Write a handwritten letter/note 4x a month
  • Let people know what they mean t me
  • Practice calligraphy lettering again
  • Handmade cards
  • Organize 4 crafternoons

Here is to a magical 2015 ahead for us all! 


Monday. A word that often brings dread and loathing. It gets a bad rap.
I definitely have had my share of Monday dread as I am sure we all have, especially when not caffeinated enough.

However, I have found a reason to look forward to Mondays. Although I am unable to say exactly how I discovered it, I have dug around and can see that I have been participating in a fun (late) food lunch hour twitter chat since early spring of 2011.

#FNIchat  - the best and most delicious part of a Monday

#FNIchat – the best and most delicious part of a Monday

So what exactly is #FNIchat? It stands for Foodies Night In chat and originates in Cincinnati, Ohio every Monday at 4:-00 to 5:30  pm Eastern time, so 1::00 to 2:30 pm Pacific time. It is led by @CookingwithCaitlin. a trained chef (by a Chicago affiliate of Le Cordon Bleu), her sister Kelly, and crew.

Each week, food lovers gather on-line via twitter and have a fun hour and half or so to have chat about that week’s specific topic. It is often seasonal, e.g. summer cook outs, Thanksgiving, or can be a cooking technique or a course, and generally take two formats – fewer questions with more in-depth conversation about the topic, or a rapid fire/gut reaction response format. Both are fun, and provide a lot of learning and “favouriting” of tips and recipes to check out when there is more time.  Sometimes, there are some sponsored posts with prizes and coupons from that sponsor. So depending on the format, @FoodiesNiteIn tweets a question at regular intervals and you comment including the #FNIchat and reference to question number. Others may ask you a question or share your comment, and sometimes you can get a dialogue going, sometimes beyond the scheduled hour and half.

For me, that is actually the best part of #FNIchat.  I love the community around this weekly “meet up” and that is why I have been participating for over three years. I truly believe that social media mimics real life, and “like finds like” – you will gravitate towards those who share the same interests, views and humour – and the time spent on line together feels similar to hanging out with your friends in real life. Over three years, some of them feel like long time friends, sisters even!

Check out the FNIchat page or @FoodiesNiteIn  to find out what the upcoming topic is. Please say hello if you join in!

Do you participate in any weekly chats? Do you feel a sense of community with those you tweet with?



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