Happy, Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the last bits of 2012 and are looking forward to the year ahead. Here’s to 2013!
I hear all the talk about how we should constantly be bettering ourselves rather than making New Year’s Resolutions and, quite possibly, leaving them by the wayside almost immediately. BUT! I think it’s a great excuse to reflect and come up with a few things you’d like to work on. So, what are my “New Year’s Resolutions?”
To stop picking at my cuticles. Yes, it’s gross, I totally agree. It’s just a weird nervous/bored habit I have. It sort of hurts and it looks hideous. Hence, I must stop once and for all. I’m not gonna lie–it’s also a great excuse to get a weekly manicure.
Ok, moving on…
Read more books. I love reading, and I really enjoyed getting back into the habit of picking up a good book throughout 2012. Unfortunately, I sort of neglected my newly-rediscovered hobby this fall when things got really busy. This year, I’m going to keep track of the books I read through Goodreads. They have a yearly book challenge, and I’m challenging myself to read 20 books. I figure I can usually read about two books per month, but it’s a little more realistic to assume some months I’ll have too much going on to read two books.
And my final resolution is to wake up earlier. I am not a morning person. So much so that I shower, pick out my outfit, ect at night so that I can wake up at 8:50 am and be out the door by 9:05 am. It’s a little nutty to get ready in 15 short minutes, plus it makes me feel so lazy that I can’t seem to get up any earlier. I’d love to have more relaxing mornings enjoying coffee some days and, other days, go for a run or do something productive before work.
I don’t have any real “health” or “diet” related resolutions, because I really would like keep that as an overarching theme for the whole year and I think of it as more of a lifestyle choice than a resolution. Though trading potato chips or candy for healthy snacks like kale chips will certainly help me keep that up (graceful transition, huh?).
Unfortunately regular old kale chips are, well, pretty boring. You’d be surprised what a little soy sauce and some sesame seeds can do though. A little tangy and salty, but still pretty healthy. That’s a snack I can feel good about!
- 1 bunch kale, leaves ripped from ribs
- 1 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 300F. Rinse kale and dry fully with paper towels or a dish towel. Tear leaves off of the rib and tear into bite-sized pieces.
- Place kale in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil and soy sauce. Toss to thoroughly coat.
- Arrange leaves in a single layer on two parchment (or foil) lined rimmed baking sheets. Bake 15 minutes.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake until leaves are crisp, 5 minutes more.