• New Year Resolutions

    December 31, 2012

    Hi Friends,

    Since I’m starting a journal tomorrow, the first day of 2013, I thought I would tell you some other ideas for New Year’s resolutions that maybe you could try.

    Because giving back makes you feel good and also helps others, why not try giving 30 minutes of your time each week to your community. You could help rake leaves, plant flowers or trees, visit a retirement community and make crafts or reads books with the people that live there, you could help pick up trash around the park (be sure to check with an adult first, cause you’ll want to make sure you’re allowed to do this and you’ll want to be safe, too). There are lots of ways to give back!

    What about starting an art hobby for you? Arts and crafts are a great way to build a skill like drawing, but you don’t have to be an artist to practice. Even just blobs of paint in a sketch pad can be really fun! You’ll appreciate having them to look back on later. I sometimes do sketches with regular ball-point pens to outline vegetables (fruit and vegetables are great to start with because they are simple shapes and they don’t move, that’s why people call them “still life”.) Then, I color in the middle with colored pencil. Colored pencils are a great thing to use to learn the technique of shading, that’s what my favorite art teacher taught me.

    Anyway, good luck in the New Year! But I’m sure I’ll see you around.