January 1 17

For Chanukah this year my husband bought me two pairs of flannel pajamas that I handed to him and said, “Here! Buy me these!” He also bought me a gorgeous brand new 35mm lens that I sent him a link to and said,”Here! Buy me this!” I also got two pairs of booties that I bought myself at a really great after-Christmas sale and then I turned to my husband and said, “Oh thank you for my new boots!”

I’m really easy to buy gifts for is what I’m saying.

But honestly, sometimes he gives me gifts I didn’t ask for — like a coffee at exactly the moment I realize that I need a coffee — and those are the most special gifts of all. (Although I really do love that camera lens.) The other day he went to the grocery store and bought me this magazine because he knows me.

say yes to no

You guys, this issue included such gems as This Is Why It’s So Hard To Say No But Why You Should Do It Anyway and 7 Secrets to Saying No (And Not Feeling Guilty About It), which includes actual doable, start-small ACTIONS that I can use in my life, like 1. If you are a people-pleaser by nature, practice in low-stakes settings, suggests psychologist Melissa McCreery. Set a goal that you are going to say no three times a day. No, I don’t want to apply for your store credit card. “Like any skill, it gets easier with practice,” she says.

Hello, 2017 goals.

Other goals:

1. Take naps.

2. Eat brunch more often because brunch is delicious.

3. Click the “forgot password” button fewer times this year than last year. #passwordcrisis

4. Sign up for three newspapers to be delivered to my front door: a local, a national, an international

5. Unsubscribe, unsubscribe, unsubscribe. Repeat.

That’s it, really, because no one cares about resolutions and also we all know by the amount of exercise equipment that shows up really cheap on craigslist at the end of February that people {ME} aren’t very good at keeping resolutions.

Besides I’m already super busy saying no to three things today. 

  1. I gave up soda for 2016. I’m giving up cookies, cake, and candy for 2017. Wish me luck. LOL

    Comment by Alison on January 1, 2017
  2. I should clarify, I will have a piece of cake for birthdays and I will allow myself a Reese’s Peanut Butter heart, egg, pumpkin, tree, etc. for holidays because I can’t give those up completely.

    It will still be hard. I love my sweets.

    Comment by Alison on January 1, 2017
  3. My goal is to get financially and physically healthy so I can get pregnant in 2017! (!!!)

    Comment by Kristabella on January 3, 2017
  4. I want to “LOVE” this comment over and over again! 🙂

    Comment by Chris on January 5, 2017

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