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trying 5 new things

Hey everyone! I posted this to my FB and tumblr blog as well.

This year instead of doing an actual resolution I have decided to try 5 new things. I'm somewhat of a homebody and I find it hard to come up with things I want to try on my own. So i'm reaching out to my real life friends and friends from the internet. Name some things you like to do. favorite hobby, club, organized sport, class you have ever taken, exercise craze you can't live with out. I will narrow the ideas down to 5 and chronicle them in blog form. I'll post a link to that blog here so everyone can follow me trying some new things and hopefully finding something new I enjoy doing.

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this is fun! I gave you a few ideas.. I dont know what you're into, but here ya go!

take a Zumba class.
take a cake decorating class.
go to an ethnic resturaunt you've never tried.
spend a day at a casino with only $50 - play penny slots!

can't wait to hear about what you do! this is such a great idea!

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A few years ago I made an effort to learn all about wine, so I never had to stare blankly at a wine list again. It's one of the best things that I ever did because not only do I now know what type of wines that I like, but I can help friends and family order too!

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emmaanne - that's the point. I don't want people to really know what i'm into. I want to try new things. sure it'll be a bit biased because i'll pick the final 5 (or more). I like your ideas too! zumba has been popping up in all 3 places i posted this.

Kristen - I did that with beer a few years back.

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Joining your local parks and rec department for something like softball or volleyball is always fun. That;s something to do as a couple as well. I use to play before i became a mom. Gardening can also be very fun and you can do vegetables, fruits, or flowers and there are clubs that you can join with it. Book clubs are also something I miss doing. My goodness this is really making me realize how much things have changes since my little ones came along.

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Adopt a cat.

Better yet, adopt a couple of cats. Two aren't much more work than one, and they can keep each other company (and reduce the boredom-related mischief) when their people aren't home.

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I wish I could. Not only am I allergic but that would cost me another $100 a month in rent to have an animal. sad

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That's too bad. Everything is better with cats!

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A few ideas, Some i do, some i want to do, but who has free time with a toddler

- Learn to quilt
- Take dance lessons
- Take cooking classes
- Join an international women's groups such as girl guides/scouts or Beta Sigma Phi
- Check out the free classes at your local library or Community centre

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Hmmm....

1. set a fitness goal that takes some planning - say, running a 5k or even a half marathon - and train for it.
2. some kind of "get greener" goal, like switching to more natural cleaners, or reducing household waste.
3. tackle a cooking "mountain" - maybe learn how to make puff pastry or croissants, or craft beer at home, or cook through your favorite classic cookbook (a la Julie and Julia.)
4. community outreach...is there a need in your community? Maybe visiting with the elderly, or mentoring underprivileged youth? Or volunteering at a mission, soup kitchen, or other. Maybe you've wanted to, but this could be the catalyst to get started.
5. try a new hobby. Have you always wanted to play piano, or knit, or scuba dive? This could be the year!

Good luck! I can't wait to see what you decide to do!

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Lizzy_B wrote:
Hmmm....

1. set a fitness goal that takes some planning - say, running a 5k or even a half marathon - and train for it.
2. some kind of "get greener" goal, like switching to more natural cleaners, or reducing household waste.
3. tackle a cooking "mountain" - maybe learn how to make puff pastry or croissants, or craft beer at home, or cook through your favorite classic cookbook (a la Julie and Julia.)
4. community outreach...is there a need in your community? Maybe visiting with the elderly, or mentoring underprivileged youth? Or volunteering at a mission, soup kitchen, or other. Maybe you've wanted to, but this could be the catalyst to get started.
5. try a new hobby. Have you always wanted to play piano, or knit, or scuba dive? This could be the year!

Good luck! I can't wait to see what you decide to do!

Lizzy - #5 is exactly what I was hoping I could accomplish with this. I need a new hobby. after wedding planning took up all my free time for a year I have kind of forgotten what excites me.

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Do you read? Do you wish you could read more? How about setting a goal to read so many books in one year? Last year I set a goal to read 50 books and read 60. This year was meet it or beat it. I'm up to 59 at the moment.

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What a cool idea! I always hate setting resolutions because I never actually do them. I don't really have any suggestions but I can't wait to hear what you decide!

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honeymoonin wrote:
Lizzy_B wrote:
Hmmm....

1. set a fitness goal that takes some planning - say, running a 5k or even a half marathon - and train for it.
2. some kind of "get greener" goal, like switching to more natural cleaners, or reducing household waste.
3. tackle a cooking "mountain" - maybe learn how to make puff pastry or croissants, or craft beer at home, or cook through your favorite classic cookbook (a la Julie and Julia.)
4. community outreach...is there a need in your community? Maybe visiting with the elderly, or mentoring underprivileged youth? Or volunteering at a mission, soup kitchen, or other. Maybe you've wanted to, but this could be the catalyst to get started.
5. try a new hobby. Have you always wanted to play piano, or knit, or scuba dive? This could be the year!

Good luck! I can't wait to see what you decide to do!

Lizzy - #5 is exactly what I was hoping I could accomplish with this. I need a new hobby. after wedding planning took up all my free time for a year I have kind of forgotten what excites me.

Ha! I understand. Parenting has done that to me. I love my kids, but between kids and work, sometimes I just want to do...something. Play the piano again, or cross stitch, or ANYTHING that doesn't involve, you know, work or parenting!

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Hi,

I don't have a lot of suggestions, but a couple years ago I decided to buy some subscriptions to the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, which puts on some great music by great artists for only $23.00 per person per concert. I've seen and heard some great music in Philadelphia; including Anonymous 4, a female a capella quartet that sings 400-600-year-old Christmas music in Latin, as well as a program of music for flute and piano, in the last two weeks.

Jim

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that's a pretty awesome idea Jim! I love going to live events like that. I may have my ideas narrowed down...I think. People keep giving me other new awesome ones. I'm hoping to have them narrowed down by the 1st of January and I will share them here. Plus give you guys a link to my blog where I will document these new things.

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Ok here are my 5!! I had such a hard time deciding I may end up adding more depending on how this goes.

1) On friday Ed and I joined a gym in our area. I want to try all of their group fitness classes that fit into my work schedule. From there I will pick one I like the best stick with it for atleast 2 months. There may be some issues with this, but I am going to try. My work schedule can vary week to week and the fitness class schedule is obviously subject to change.

2) I love to cook, but I am not very good at it. There are few places that offer cooking classes and I am determined to take one. Whether it's a basic knife skills class or something more complex.

3) Along with that, I love to bake and that I am actually pretty good at it. I have issues with cookies, but cakes, cupcakes, pies and candy I do pretty well. So per emmaanne's idea I am going to take a cake decorating class. They taste great they never look pretty.

4) I want to explore nature some more. There are plenty of nature walks, conservatories, county forest preserves in my area. I want to try and hit up one new one a month.

5) Every summer Ed joins a softball league. I am not very good at softball but would love to join a team of some kind. So I would like to investigate a few ideas and then try and get a group together to form the team. This will also fix the other issue of not having many friends around anymore. Hopefully that can help me get some good social time in.

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Awesome! That's a great way to get out and make some friends! The first year we were married Dave and I took Shag Lessons (the dance) it was so much fun! We weren't so good at it but we had fun being awful. I really had to work my magic to talk Dave into that one but it turned out to be something we still talk about..and now we can always shag at weddings!

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honeymoonin wrote:
Ok here are my 5!! I had such a hard time deciding I may end up adding more depending on how this goes.

1) On friday Ed and I joined a gym in our area. I want to try all of their group fitness classes that fit into my work schedule. From there I will pick one I like the best stick with it for atleast 2 months. There may be some issues with this, but I am going to try. My work schedule can vary week to week and the fitness class schedule is obviously subject to change.

2) I love to cook, but I am not very good at it. There are few places that offer cooking classes and I am determined to take one. Whether it's a basic knife skills class or something more complex.

3) Along with that, I love to bake and that I am actually pretty good at it. I have issues with cookies, but cakes, cupcakes, pies and candy I do pretty well. So per emmaanne's idea I am going to take a cake decorating class. They taste great they never look pretty.

4) I want to explore nature some more. There are plenty of nature walks, conservatories, county forest preserves in my area. I want to try and hit up one new one a month.

5) Every summer Ed joins a softball league. I am not very good at softball but would love to join a team of some kind. So I would like to investigate a few ideas and then try and get a group together to form the team. This will also fix the other issue of not having many friends around anymore. Hopefully that can help me get some good social time in.

These are just great! I'm looking forward to following your progress! Sounds like 2012 will be a very rewarding and enriching time for you. I'm still mulling ideas for this year's goals. I usually take the first half of January to come up with mine.

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I completed my first new thing.

writemywayout.tumblr.com

That's my blog, i don't post a whole lot. But it's where I will be documenting my adventures this year!