Happy New Year! Resolutions for 2016…

Happy New Year, everyone!

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I’ve been reflecting lately on 2015, for me, it was a quiet and happy year, but for so many around me, it seemed stressful, sad, and fraught with difficulty. I give thanks for my many blessings, and I pray for those around me that their 2016 will be as blessed as mine will be.

Over the past few weeks, I have been considering a number of resolutions for the upcoming year:

  1. Continue to eat better/less/more mindfully.
  2. Continue to exercise more.
  3. Buy less (and buy less impulsively and more wisely.)
  4. Make an effort to become more sustainable.
  5. Simplify.
  6. Slow down.
  7. Support local businesses more and giant global corporations (like amazon) less.
  8. Focus less on “filler” and more on being “fulfilled.

As we march toward 2016, I am excited to be reflecting on my new years resolutions for the coming year. I’ve streamlined them, and amplified them a bit:

  1. Buy less. My goal, as some of you already have read, is to buy considerably less during 2016. I can’t say that I won’t buy anything, but I can say that I will try to buy much less.
  2. Read more. A book a week. I have tried—diligently—to get on the digital reading bandwagon with a Nook, then an iPad, then a Kindle. I just can’t do it… and as a result, I find myself barely reading anymore. The experience of reading a digital book is like reading a website, it’s ephemeral and the content is easily forgotten, at least in my mind. So this year, it’s back to paper for me. (I’ll post each book on this blog, so look for the #bookaweek)
  3. Simplify. I’m reasonably good at keeping life simple, but this year, I will make a greater effort to “cut the fat” (as my friend Frank and I refer to it), by getting rid of time vampires (things and people) in my life, thereby making time for things (and people) that really matter. One thing that I’m going to ax for sure: checking Facebook every day.
  4. Keep it small. I’m going to continue my streamlining efforts from this year. Marching into the new year with a very clean attic, a very clean office, and a very empty home, is making me happy. Now it’s time to crank that up a notch and get rid of even more. Better to borrow than to own, better than to share than to keep.
  5. … and lean. Keep running. I have really enjoyed running (and losing 30lbs) this year. I need to start the year strong and keep near my goal of 45km a week.
  6. Keep learning. It’s time to improve some of my skills: language (good, but could be better), music (nonexistent, but could exist), etc. I need to make time for hobbies and personal expansion.

What are your resolutions for 2016? Add your notes to the comments section below…and thank you for reading. I wish you all my best wishes for a very happy 2016!

Maintenance and Keeping Up Around the Airstream

Since buying Flo, I have become an avid reader of the AirForums forum and refer to it frequently for advice and suggestions. It is an ongoing dialog of questions and answers… and you can bet that if you have a question someone else along the way has had the same question. Somewhere along the way, I also ran across this book, Life’s (Nearly) complete Guide to Airstream Maintenance by Rich Luhr.

The book is a must have for any Airstream owner. Easy to read, simple instructions guide you through critical maintenance concerns.  Admittedly, the book is sort of steep in price (nearly $30) but a small sum in comparison to the hundreds it will undoubtedly save you. It would also make a great holiday gift for any Airstream owner!

From the publisher:

Finally, a trustworthy and complete book about Airstream maintenance! Maintenance of your Airstream is not difficult. With just a few basic tools and this guide, you can do almost every routine task yourself and save money. You’ll learn how to inspect and maintain every major system of your Airstream, and be ready to fix small problems that crop up while traveling. No other book available contains so much Airstream-specific and reliable advice from experienced Airstreamers, product manufacturers, service techs, and factory personnel. Includes recommended tools, storage tips, practical suggestions, and dozens of illustrations.

 

Can you ever forgive me?

When I was a kid, I read this lousy “unauthorized” biography of Esteé Lauder. I remember thinking it was poorly written and disorganized. I was maybe 11, so what did I know.

Turns out, the Lauder bio was written by a woman named Lee Israel. She was a fraud, a sham, and a liar — and apparently (though it didn’t show through in her “real” work) a pretty convincing author.

After Israel’s Lauder book failed, she took to forging letters from well known authors. She was eventually caught and convicted, but not after amassing quite a cache of letters from at least five different “authors.”

The letters are collected in the new book Can You Ever Forgive Me? out recently from Simon & Schuster [click here to see the book on Amazon], and reviewed in The New York Times [click here to read the review].

What’s particularly interesting about the book is that many of the letters hail from Rochester. 7 North Goodman Street, to be exact (above). The irony here is that there is no 7 North Goodman Street in Rochester, NY. She also used ZIP codes on letters dated before ZIP codes were in use. So, clever she may have been, but just not too clever.

A must-have for all grads!

About a year ago, I was interviewed by an energetic woman writing a book about life after graduation (from college.) She asked a bunch of really interesting questions, and I thought: “wow, this is going to be a neat book.” It is, and it’s out. Ramen Noodles, Rent, and Resumes: a guide to life after college was just published and is available at Amazon and other fine retailers. Check it out, and let me know what you think of my soundbites.