Monday, January 3, 2011

Do Something Different

Do something different.

Of all the articles I've read and the shows I've watched on the subject matter of the new year - that saying sticks with me most. My family's recent relocation gives me a good jumping off point to do something different, but where do I go from here?

We've stood atop a mountain which was definitely different for me and I loved every minute of it. We've gone walking and biking in December...something else that was different for me since I've only known Ohio-living before now. I decluttered considerably which was very different for me and I feel a bit of relief with that.

But to me, to do something different means so much more than that.

I will do something different by reaching out and nurturing closer friendships in real life. Friends I consider strictly "party friends" no longer fit with my lifestyle. (Although I still love a craft brew every now and again). And let's face it, "facebook friends", while enjoyable - most won't be there if or when I really need them most. And why should they? I haven't established a close bond with many of them since high school or I may just be acquaintances with some of the others through another facet of my life.

I will do something different by creating more alone time for me and my husband. This has to be a priority. Over the last several years Hubs and I haven't done much of anything together outside of the home. With that being said, I already have a "date night" scheduled for early February to get the ball rolling. Yes, February. (That's not so bad when you consider we haven't done anything in over a year.) Haha.

I will do something different by taking my health more seriously. I hit the big 4-0 in the third quarter of 2010, and that number got me motivated like hell! One reason is my mom suffered her first mini-stroke at approximately 41 years of age. And with this extra 50 pounds jiggling around my butt, thighs and gut, I need to get to steppin' on a stair stepper! Seriously though. Better health in 2011 for me.

I will do something different by placing importance on prettying myself up. I will no longer put off my hair cut, or covering my grays, or buying clothes or that special makeup I like. I will also look into having my teeth professionally whitened, possibly a microdermabrasion for my face, I will get semi-regular pedicures and maybe a manicure here and there. Oh, and I will definitely splurge on some of the yummy fragrances I've been catching a whiff of in the magazines. (We don't often spend money on a lot of extras so I will have to budget this carefully.)

So for the year 2011, I can not only DREAM, but I can DO (something different).

And let the sun shine down on me...

Taking junk to another level.


  1. Awesome post Candy..truly inspiring! Many blessings in 2011, Laurel

  2. candy sounds like your goals are worthwhile ;). i am in az but up north. but have family in the valley we lived down there for 10 yrs. the junk in this area is available but different. you wont find the farm stuff but will find amazing old jewlry glassware vintage furniture ect. i think its almost easier to be healthier lots more competition makes prices better ;). welcome to the grand canyon state. i would love to meet you . i am green collen at junk market style.

  3. Hey Candy, Good for you! I love ALL your "differents". I know you have been moving and having life changing moments but sure miss you on JMS. Keep smiling.


  4. Thanks so much, Laurel! It's great to hear from you!

    I know you green colleen from JMS! Thanks so much for posting a note and also for your input re: AZ junk. Email me at junksophisticate(at)yahoo(dot)com so we can try to get together. Maybe somewhere in the middle. :)

    Oh, Kenda. That was very, very sweet of you to say. I miss being on JMS and hope to get back there soon. Truly, I do. HNY to you!

  5. Candy - What an absolutely perfect (inspiring) way to start the year - we all need to join in and do something different - it's not always easy, but don't we just love an adventure or two??? (I'm working on a couple "somethings" right now!). I know you've got wonderful new experiences, friends, etc...coming your way! Looking forward to seeing where your journey takes you!

    Hugs to you from Ohio!


  6. Candy, This is a different year for me too. I will look for better ways to heal me and keep me up and going. I know your change is REALLY different !!! Sounds like you are doing a super job! Have fun on date night!
    smiles, alice from Australia (Oz.)

  7. Ahh...and refreshing, you are! Here's to you and to doing something different in 2011. ~Mindy

  8. It all sounds great...what a good post. Make sure you keep that date night! Your picture with your three gals makes me laugh at the pouting one. We almost ALWAYS have one of our kids pouting or not wanting to be in the picture!

  9. Great post! I'm all for doing something different! Makes you feel more alive. Best to you this new year. Vicki

  10. Just found you! I am a former Ohio gal and currently live in northern CA...where there is noooooooo junk! I know how you feel! My daughter lives in Gilbert, perhaps when I am visiting her you and I could meet! I participated as a vendor in the Creative Connection event last Sept. Were you there?


  12. You are well guided to be always safe and healthy.
    It's no coincidence. Trust.
    You will be a guiding light for others.

    God Bless You and Keep You.


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