New Year, New… Me!


Instead of resolutions this year, I’m making a couple of important commitments to myself. For the coming year I’m going to write on my blog at least 3 times a week. The posts may not all be long and probably won’t all be food-centric, but I started the blog as a writing exercise, and I want to give writing more of my time in 2014. Another commitment I’m making this year is to make healthy decisions.


This morning we made the healthy decision to take a walk. It was great to get outside, but man is it cold! Naren and I are dog-sitting for our favorite Schnauzer, Garth, who enjoyed our walk so much that he’s napping. We’re looking for a dog to adopt, so Garth is great practice. Having a dog is another healthy choice; it’s hard to ignore an active pooch who needs to run!


Over the last week, we’ve moved into a new house, still renting, but it’s starting to feel like home. As we unpack our boxes and shuffle things from one room to another, I’m struck by how much stuff we have. I’ve been struggling a lot with how much we accumulate and how much we throw away, and packing it all up to move (along with the resulting back pain) really makes me wonder how much of this we really need. I’m thinking about doing some serious streamlining.


Of course if we’re going to streamline or downsize, I’m going to have to get rid of some kitchen stuff, and, well, that’s a lot easier said than done! Thank goodness we have a basement, or we’d be overflowing! Cooking in a kitchen-in-transition is not an easy feat, but we really wanted to start the new year with a home-cooked meal, so Naren’s making poha.


Poha is a flattened rice. It’s soaked briefly then sauteed with onions and Indian spices. It’s really easy, but I can’t share the recipe because it’s one of the few things I don’t cook. Just kidding, I can’t find the camera to document the process, but Naren is our poha maker, and I want to keep it that way! It’s a great breakfast dish, but also fantastic for a quick, light meal anytime. I promise to have the hubby make this again, and I’ll take notes next time!


In the mean time, I hope you’ll come with me on my healthy journey in 2014. Happy New Year to you and yours!


4 responses »

  1. I’m with you! Making changes is hard but worth it. So far I’ve set myself up with some good accountability with my writing so I can *finally* finish the novel I’ve been working on. And decluttering is healing for the soul. I feel lighter when I get rid of stuff!

    • I always wonder if I’m going to miss some item I decide to declutter, but I don’t think I’ve ever been sorry I got rid of anything!

      Please finish your novel; I’m dying to read it!

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