Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

We're busy making a few resolutions for the new year. We're also going back to review the resolutions we made last year to see how we did.

How about you? Do you make resolutions for the new year? Any you want to share for this coming year? We'll be sharing ours later this week!

35 comments:

  1. I'm going to do my best to be the most compassionate and kind person I can be...which is something I strive for everyday. And also to let go of my need for external validation., which is something I struggle with constantly. Wishing you two, and all who read, the happiest of New Years

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  2. have a happy new year dudes .hugs and trying 2 be most compassionate and kind person as well

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  3. Happy New Year Brad & Matt! Wishing you the very best and to every one here too. I had the same resolution every year - lose some weight. Because of other issues, I realized that no matter how much tennis I played or how active I was, I was never going to be skinny. I finally wised up & was very happy just FEELING GREAT! But physically great isn't enough. I need to have daily affirmations because stress is a killer. I have to remind myself to not sweat the small stuff and try to balance that with "to thine own self be true". I'm a happy person and every day I try to stay that way and to make life that way for others too. Sorry I didn't have a simple answer.

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  4. Once you get old (shakes cane at kids on the lawn) you've pretty much made and broken every resolution known to man, so I'm kind of over it. Some friends and I are doing a Biggest Cocky & Rude Loser weight loss thing on the C&R blog, but hell, we do it every year and we're all still at the same place. It's more for fun and not really a resolution thing. This year we all kick in $5 and winner takes all. Maybe the cash incentive will help, or not.

    I've got a year of change and chaos coming as hopefully my job changes, my daughter graduates and heads off to another city for university and I'm just going to try and roll with the changes and not stress. (HAHAHAHA! Right) Okay, not to spend most of my time whimpering in a corner is my resolution. ;-)

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  5. Bradley & Matty,

    One of my pleasures this past year has been coming to your site each day since March. So glad I came on board, and read all your past postings, too. You two are the best there is.

    As for New Year resolutions: I want to be more understanding of other people's POV's, and keep a more positive outlook on everything. Just try to be healthy and happy.

    As for you two guys...I wish nothing but the best. Your thoughtfulness to others is an example for us all. I hope 2013 is the best year ever for you both.

    Love, Hugs, and Happy New Year!

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  6. Happy New Year!! Hmm...my goal for the year is to write two more books. That would go a long way towards convincing hubby that writing is a "real" job. He tells EVERYONE that I don't have a job. *sigh* I would also love to meet some of the online friends I've made this year when I go to GRL. *hint, hint* Are you coming to Atlanta, Mary???

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    1. I would think your New Year Resolution would be to restrain yourself from giving hubby a clip round the ear for saying that, LOL.

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    2. Madison, I would love to go to GRL to meet you & hug Damon Suede again. And Elisabeth Staub. And meet Ethan Day. I don't like flying so I normally go to the ones within driving distance like Chicago RT last year & Cinncinati every year.

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    3. Oooh, what's in Cinncinati? I totally had to look at your comment and type slowly to spell that correctly.

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    4. Lori Foster Reader Author Get Together or RAGT. There were a few m/m authors last year. I met Brien Michaels in the elevator lol. Cute as pie! I'll email you about it.

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  7. Happy 2013! I graduate in May, so a job is the new year goal. Oh, and I've got to pass the Praxis exam too.

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  8. I came across the idea of doing 52 weekly projects/tasks a few months ago, so I plan to try that this year. I'm having problems making up my list, though. So far I've only got 13! I've no talent for arts or crafts so I can't include any tasks like that. I've got things like 'no biscuits or cakes this week', 'take a photo every day for 7 days', 'go to the theatre' and 'cook a main course you've never tried before'. If anyone has any ideas, I'd be grateful. :O)

    Happy New Year, Brad and Matty and wishing you all good things for 2013!

    Best Wishes for 2013 to everyone!

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    1. Hey Alder,
      Have you ever read Simple Abundance? Oprah had a show about it years and years ago. It has a lot of ideas/tasks like the ones you mentioned. Some of the projects are cheesy and some are a little too Martha Stewart, but some are worthwhile. One idea I liked was finding a task you hate and then creating a ritual for it, i.e. associating positive memories to it. (Her ideas weren't as fun as Brad and Matt's cleaning "ritual" though.) There were some organization ideas that I remember liking too.

      Sounds like fun - let us know how it turns out!

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    2. Thanks for the suggestion Ann Marie, I haven't read this one. I'll check and see if my local library has it. I'm only up to 17 on my own list so I need some more ideas!
      I'm enjoying making the list though. This week I'm trying to capture a dream. Years ago I kept a dream diary which was quite fascinating, but once I stopped recording them I stopped remembering them. I've got the notebook and pen ready by my bed and I'm trying to remember to clean my teeth with my non-dominant hand at bed-time which puts the brain into the right mode, apparently. :)

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  9. Sorry for jumping in here like this, but I got a kindle fire for Christmas and I'm trying to see if I can use it to post here. It has now taken me 15 minutes to post these two sentences!!! Grrrr. :)

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    1. Squeeeeeeeeeeeee! I got a new Kindle for Christmas too. I now own 4 kindles, LOL. I have no idea what to do with the old ones. I adore my Kindle(s).

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    2. Madison I was thinking of the paperwhite but its not available in Canada yet.

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    3. That's the one I got. I have the 1st gen Fire, but it's too heavy for me to lay in bed and read. I have girly arms, lol. I love the paperweight. No bedside lamp necessary!! Hope it's available for you soon. It's AWESOME. :-)

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    4. Oh! I see we have some kindle people here... GREAT!

      So I have the touch but I am currently drooling over the paperwhite. But then there the fire... so which one should I get? The Fire or the Paperwhite?

      I'm afraid that the fire won't be confortable enough to read because of the luminosity of the screen.

      @Brad: do you like reading on the fire?


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    5. To be honest, I'm still trying to get use to the Fire. It's a lot heavier that the old kindle I still have, which is the one with wifi and a keyboard. You have to have an external light to read it in low light.

      You asked about the luminosity on the Fire. There's a control where you can increase or decrease the brightness, so that shouldn't be a problem.

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    6. @carnell the paperwhite is light and you can adjust the brightness. It's wonderful! But if you want to check email and surf the web, the fire is the way to go. I just want to read books, so the paperwhite is perfect for me.

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    7. Thank you!!!

      Well the paperwhite sounds really amazing. I like to read at night and in the car so I think it will be the best choice. :)

      And I can still ask for the Fire next Christmas :P

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  10. Enjoy your toy. I'm sure you'll get the hang of it. You can always ask your live-in techie. Or are you the techie? Can't remember.

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    1. Ha! I'm the techie!! Matt almost deleted (accidently) the blog one time. It's taken me 10minutes to type this. Progress I guess. lol

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    2. So you won't be asking Matt for help lol.

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  11. I am REALLY bad at resolutions, so I'm not doing them anymore. I made a promise to the DH to meet him at the gym 3 days a week for a lunch date with the ellipticals. I think it'll be easier to keep lunch dates than resolutions. Also, I want to have friends over for dinner more often, but that's not so much a resolution as a fun thing (along the same lines as last year's "Instead of looking at my pretty china & saying 'I should use that more often,' I'm going to actually take it off the shelf and USE it everytime I start to think that." Which actually worked out pretty well.

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  12. I don't really make resolutions, per se, but I have general hopes/goals through the year.
    I'd like to believe in myself more, continue to take better care of myself. Like Kris, let go of any need for external validation personally and professionally.
    I'm hoping for a new job in a better environment.

    I've been able to keep in touch with many people from GRL so attending GRL in Atlanta is a goal!

    I want to be more positive and more open every day of my life.

    However, I don't just see these as once a year resolutions!

    I have enjoyed visiting the site and connecting with Matt on GR and FB, I wish you both a very happy New Year and only good things for you in 2013 so you can continue to inspire and remind the rest of us what is important in life!

    Take care :)

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  13. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! My resolution is to get my distance back up in my runs. Oh and be an awesome friend, of course! :) xoxo!

    -Shell

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  14. I don't really do the resolutions thing, but I wanted to stop by and wish you both a Happy New Year and thank you for sharing yourselves with us. I love reading your blog posts, even if I don't comment very often. May 2013 bring you hearts filled with laughter, a home filled with love and a life filled with joy! :-)

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  15. Happy new year guys! :)

    It's been a while since I last visited your site, got some catching up to do here I presume ;)

    My resolution for 2013 is to rent a house of my own (still live with my parents atm).

    And I've got a wish for myself too (time for some egocentrism haha): it'd be great (understatement) if I'm going to meet and fall in love with a really nice guy this year :)

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  16. Happy New Year! That is a great Christmas gift Brad :) I don't feel like making resolutions, I feel enough pressure already...

    Maybe I should try putting less pressure on myself and people around me as a resolution :D

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