New Years Resolution in Five Words

The edge of Niagara Falls, the mist, a rainbow….doesn’t that look a little bit magical? Like a symbolic, new start sort of magical. The kind of new start that we all are usually thinking about when the new year begins.

I know that these rainbows can be seen often at the Falls, but it was my first time ever seeing one. So it seemed a fitting start for this post. This one’s a bit a personal – remember, I did warn you that some of these might be coming. Nothing earth-shockingly scandalous, I just thought I’d share some of my goals for the new year – and some gorgeous pics of Niagara Falls.

This was inspired by a recent hashtag on Twitter – #NewYearsResolutionIn5Words. I had been giving some thought to what my goals for 2016 were, and when this came up, it all just clicked. My resolutions can quite nicely be summed up in five – well, honestly, six – words. Given that half of them are related to the blog in some way, I thought it might be a fun post to kick off the year with.


Resolutions don’t seem to be so trendy anymore, but they have always been helpful to me. Twice a year – on the New Year and my birthday – I like to take stock of what’s been going on. Am I happy with the direction of my life? Are there things I need to improve on?  You get the idea. I don’t think of my resolutions as tyrannical goals that I must be a slave to, but just a general direction for what I would like to see in my life.

Blog. Run. Cook. Laugh. Let go. That’s my five six.


So, Blog. After a dip in posting through late summer and early fall, I had a bit of a burst of posting in December. Know what? I enjoyed it. There are lots of things that I love about blogging, but it really is more time-consuming than you might think. Not that I am complaining, but researching and content planning, going to events, getting the required pics and then trying to write something that people will hopefully find entertaining is a long process for me. Maybe with more practice, it will get easier.

I would like to blog more this year. I’m aiming for at least two posts a week, three if I can. This might be extremely challenging when tourist season kicks in, but I will give it a shot. I would like to broaden the range of my topics a bit too. I would also like to learn more about photography, and perhaps try some short video clips.


Run. Last year I made a real commitment to getting my fitness level back. You might not know this, but I was a personal trainer in Toronto, and owned a fitness studio. Working out was a huge part of my life, and I was in the best shape I had ever been in when I turned 40. Then life kinda got in the way, throwing me one stressful curve ball after another. I burnt right out, and had no energy at all for exercise. As a result, I didn’t do anything except the odd yoga class for over two years.

When you’ve been in great shape, you would think it shouldn’t take that long to come back right? Ha! You guys, it’s been so, so, hard. There have been injuries, aches, and pains galore, but I have been persevering. I’m happy to say that I actually managed a long run of 18k just before the holidays, my longest run in years. It felt awesome to be able to do that again.

But what I do miss, a lot, is the weight room. So this year, I plan to keep up with running, get back into strength training, and hope I can squeeze in some yoga occasionally. Yoga does amazing things for calming my brain down. That’s always a good thing. Just ask Ken.

You may see some posts about my fitness project from time to time.


Cook. Though I love food, you know that I don’t enjoy cooking. I don’t think I will ever enjoy it really, but it is important – so important – to cook good, nourishing meals for yourself. This might be something I will share on the blog too. How about “Cooking from a Non-Cooking-Lover’s Perspective”? I don’t think I’m the only person who feels this way. Well, maybe I am. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person in the world who doesn’t like to cook. Or maybe I’m just one of the few who admits it.


Laugh and Let go are two of my goals that are closely linked. I can be a pretty intense person, and that’s not always good. Sometimes I just need to take a step back, breathe, and not get so worked up about stuff. They say that when you are worrying about something you should ask yourself, “Will this matter in two years?”. Well, somehow I convince myself that OF COURSE it will – EVERYTHING I worry about matters, ESPECIALLY what I am worried about right that very second. Logically, of course that’s not true, and I should not sweat the small stuff so much. I need to remember that I will do all that I can in a situation, but then I have to let go. Finding something to laugh about always helps me to change my perspective. Isn’t a really really good laugh one of the best things in the world?


So as we head into 2016, I’ll be keeping all of these things in mind. I have a brand new calendar and blog planner at the ready – I’m old school, so they’re the paper kind – and I am going to make a point to organize my week every Sunday. Many of my goals just require some good time management and planning them into my week, which I’m not so good at. I could always add “time management and planning”  to my Resolutions, but then I would be up to nine words, and that might be a bit too much for now. So I’ll stick with my six.

Now, how about you? Have you got five six words too?

  • Marilyn Palaio

    I just want to say that i love reading your blog. Not only is it interesting and well written, i love that at times I can almost hear you speaking the words and then my mind wanders to past memories we share from way back in the good ‘ol days and YES a good laugh IS one of the best things in the world! Especially the kind that has you spewing orange juice across the kitchen table at my parent’s house. I for one, greatly appreciate all the planning and work you put onto this blog and hope that you keep it up. One of MY new year’s resolutions is to make it out to visit you and Ken at Highbrook this year. My partner Manny and I are not big wine people, but according to your blog, it seems there is much more to see and do there. Hope to see you soon, Marilyn Palaio

    • Marilyn, I so appreciate your comments – and yes, we have so many great memories. Really hope to have you and Manny here at Highbrook with us, and I’m thrilled that one of your resolutions would be to come down here. We would love to see you! Niagara really is a gorgeous place, with lots to do. I would love to show you! Thanks so much, my friend xo