Friday, December 26, 2008

Lighten Up

As this year gently closes and the new one is ready to begin, I have been doing a lot of thinking about changes I can make to create a healthier, richer life.

I plan on lightening up....I am going to try to eat healthier...more fruits, more veggies, more organic. I am going to start an exercise routine that includes aerobics, weight resistance and flexibility.

I am going to lighten up my list of commitments. I will probably even lightening up my living environment.

This is really not a resolution for the new year, but a new way of being. I will let you know how it goes :-).
Welcome home,
Penny

40 comments:

Lorri said...

I am thinking along those same lines. Simple living, simple eating, taking time to breathe more and enjoy my enviroment. Happy New Year,
Lorri

Shellmo said...

Sounds like a great way to live Penny! I prefer simplicity - and love exploring new, healthier recipes. Hope you have a wonderful New Year!!

Carey said...

Its a great way to end the year, and bring in the new. I wish you all the best.
I hope you had a Merry Christmas too!

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Sounds like a great fresh start for the coming year Penny! Looking forward to enjoying your adventures of 2009! Happy New Year Penny!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

P.S. I ended up buying the red and white checked quilt from JC Penney! I LOVE it! Your home looks like a model home...an inspiration to me! xo

Kathleen Grace said...

Something abou the day after such a rich and sparkling holiday seems to make us long for simplicity. I feel the same way. I have already begun taking care of the bright holiday decorations, leaving the silver and white and trying to lighten up. I made a big pot of minestrone and have been eating it most of this week to counteract the rich foods that come with Christmas. I think we are all ready for a little lightening up!

Simply Dandy said...

Ditto Penny!! Simplify is my motto and I also want to get healthy. I am sick of feeling tired all the time. A new year is full of new possibilities.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Penny, I think their are many of us with the same goals. Including me. I love your kitchen.

glorv1 said...

Penny, I hope your Christmas was wonderful for you and yours. I also hope the New Year will bring you health and happiness and continued growth with your mosiacs. The new changes sound great and I plan on doing the same. Take care.

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Penny,

Simple living sounds like a beautiful way to live and I am looking forward to hearing more about your new lifestyle.

A friend gave me a charming book for Christmas by Mary Jane Butters,"MaryJane's IdeaBook-Cookbook-Lifebook -for the Farmgirl In All of Us" -with some great organic recipes and ideas for a healthy lifestyle. She has a blog and was featured in Artful Blogging. I am thinking along the sames lines you are and want to turn my garden into an urban organic garden.
Have a wonderful and Happy New Year.
Erin

TattingChic said...

Penny, I am with you on the eating more healthy!!! I hope you don't mind my asking, but I REALLY want to know, where on earth did you get that FABULOUS fruit stand? It's PERFECT!!! I want one just like it! :o)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great advice, Penny... SO many people make resolutions (lose weight, etc.) and NEVER keep them. Sounds like you are changing your entire lifestyle. GREAT advice for EVERYONE.

Hugs,
Betsy

Lavender Dreamer said...

This sounds really good to me, too! Hope the New Year brings the changes we desire! And Happy Holidays to you from Florida!

sandra/tx said...

I'm right there with ya, Penny. I need to make healthier decisions for myself and my family. This is a great time for a new start. :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Penny, I have been thinking the same thing... oh, how I need to lighten up on what I eat! I did for three years, but then I went off the good eating wagon. ;-) Gotta climb back on it. Also I want to surround myself with positive people. :-) It sure makes life nicer!

XO,

Sheila

Jen r. said...

It's always good to start fresh. I hope you had a wonderful holiday Penny!

Anonymous said...

I think the way you are feeling is age-related. I find everyone in our age group thinking this way.

Our kids are grown and it's time to take care of our health so that we'll be healthy seniors with a good quality of life. I think this does include reducing our stress by paring down our commitments and living environment.

~elaine~
roz_etta@yahoo.com

Lee Laurie said...

Penny,
I have been thinking along those same lines. I want to eat healthier and exercise more. I plan on not over extending myself like I normally do. I try to do too many things at once most of the time. It just stesses me out. I plan on eliminating some stress from my life too. It all sounds so good. Wish me luck!
Hugs,
Lee Laurie

the pleasures of homemaking said...

I think it's the year of back to basics and simple living and I think it's a good thing! Hope you had a lovely Christmas!

Manuela

LW said...

Love your new banner...

It sounds like a good plan; I will be looking forward to hearing more about this in the New Year…
I hope you have a wonderful 2009!!!

Louise

Elyse said...

hi penny, sounds like an excellent plan. things i want to do also (and hope it will result in losing a pound or two). warmest wishes for the year ahead. xo

also, penny i would like to offer you my "treasured blogger" award. your comments are always so warm and definitely treasured. you may pick it up at the bottom of the right margin of my blog. xo

KarenHarveyCox said...

Hi Penny,
Welcome back, I hope you had a beautiful holiday. Lightening up, sounds good to me.
Karen

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Sounds perfect, Penny! Just hope you don't lighten up your blogging, because I would miss you!
xo Lidy

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Sounds like my kind of plan! I'm going to have to get some more exercise in after all of the baking I've done (and the sampling in between)! I went out this afternoon for a little thrifting and I came across two pretty silver teapots and thought of you and how pretty they would look if you got ahold of them :) Hope you had a lovely holiday.

Hugs,
Dena

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Sounds like a great plan, Penny!

tam said...

Hi Penny! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas! I am with ya on the healthier life style, It is something I have been working at for years-sometimes I am so good at it and other times-like this week-not so good-LoL! Good luck with that girl!
Happy New Year Dear Blogging Buddy!
~Smiles~Tam!

The Rose Room said...

It sounds very good to me Penny! A belated Merry Christmas to you! Rachaelxo

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Penny,
You and I have the exact same goals in mind for the upcoming year. Merry Christmas to you and Happy New Year!

Happy To Be said...

I love your idea of being a simple life..great post Penny...hugs and smiles Gloria

Naturegirl said...

A new beginning to wellness! Good for you!

Beverly said...

It sounds like a plan we should all consider. Good luck to you.

And, I wish you and your family a healthy, happy new year.

bj said...

Good morning dear friend,
I wanted to mention to you that I used the lovely apron you had made for me and everyone thought it was sooo cute. My thanks again to you for your generous gift. I just love it. I am looking for some fabulous hooks to place beside my kitchen door to hang the two aprons on...I will have more time to shop now that the Christmas rush is over...
My goals for the coming new year are as yours...healthier eating and more excerise. My poor ole damaged legs need walking so I am thinking of getting a treadmill. I have a room I could set it up and add a tv and I would be all set!!
Have a restful day,
love, bj

Mary Ruth said...

Simple, GREAT IDEA! KISS principle... keep it simple and savvy!
Great Pictures!
Happy New Year!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Penny, those all sound like good things to think about for the new year. I already have a good workout routine going, so I don't have to change that. Less sweets would be nice!

Suzy said...

I agree with you - it is a way of life! Every year I had the same wish on my new year resolution list but somehow it stays as a wish.
I am so looking forward to see your progress and to enjoy many events and stories in 2009.

Love, Suzy

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

Well Penny, you get so darned many sweet comments, part of your work is answering all those admirers! I'm looking forward to a less complicated new year myself. And with a brand new president!
Brenda

Mary said...

I'm with you - change is imminent around here too! I don't make resolutions, but I already know what changes I must make to ensure more enjoyment in these so-called golden years!

Hope we can all reach our goals which are basically the same - eating healthy, walking more, paring down and spending less!

Happiest of New Year greetings to you and yours Penny - and I hope to return to the NC mountains this coming year and meet up with you!
Thanks for being such a great blog friend.
Warm hugs - Mary.

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

Penny what a great idea. I have been trying to do this for about a month. I feel better because of the food I'm eating. My knees don't heart every time I bend down anymore. I eat to nurture my body the way food was intended too. It is so hard. I wish you all the best at this.I love SIMPLICITY!

Hugs,

Ginger

Stacey said...

Penny, I think many of us are feeling that urge. Even my husband has been saying the same thing.

Here's to a healthy happy New Year!

The Muse said...

Oh yes...I am purging...all that I can !