Cathy Walton-Smith: Better yourself this year with these four resolutions |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Better yourself this year with these four resolutions

Cathy Walton-Smith
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Here we are in the new year of 2008. As far as new year’s resolutions go, why waste time setting unachievable goals? Let’s approach the new year with an optimistic resolve to just do better somewhere. Here are some helpful guidelines:

1. Sit down with a calendar and fill in all the dates you know that have meaning or are already scheduled. Use the calendar as a tool to sort of make your own “business plan” for the year.

2. Give to charity. Time, talent and/or money. Identify a need where you can help like a social service organization, a community non-profit organization or possibly a community need which is not already covered. Your reward will be as great as the


3. Learn something new. You will anyway. So you might as well pick something. Think about what that might be, and start listing ways you can go for it. Don’t make this hard, make it enjoyable ” we’re not looking to create a new area of expertise, just a little extra education in something.

4. Make fun a priority. This doesn’t necessarily mean be self-indulgent ” although it can. Just always remember to have fun no matter what you’re doing. Pay attention. If you are aggravated because what you have to do isn’t fun, stop for a moment and redirect your attitude.

I plan to use this advice to try and start this year with a fresh outlook.

Ladies, get in shape along with me. Join the Goddess Workout. Learn low-impact, isolation movements designed to firm, contour, build core strength and spinal alignment. Two, new, five-week sessions begin next week ” Thursdays, Jan 10 through Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Granby Recreation Center, and Mondays, Jan. 14 through Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Grand Lake Community House. Sign up now for either Monday or Thursday class and attend the other one free. The cost is $40 for five classes, then $35 per month for ongoing classes starting in March (women only, please). For registration/information, call me at (970) 887-2995. Sponsored by the Grand Arts Council and Granby Recreation.

Another reminder ” from the organizers of the upcoming Grand Lake Snowshoe Festival. It is really happening in just a couple of weeks.

There will be a Snowshoe Festival in a mini version on Jan. 19.

There will be a snowshoe race, the Kauffman House Museum will be open, there will be a full moon ski that evening, and the first Concert in the Pines of the new year.

The Grand Arts Council presents the first Concert in the Pines as part of the Snowshoe Festival at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Historic Grand Lake Community House. Brad Pregeant and Friends, upbeat favorites we all know and love. Enjoy a glass of wine with the concert. Admission: $10-adults, $5-under 12 at the door. The Community House is in the center of the Grand Lake Town Park. Other concerts in this winter season are The Snot Dogs on Feb. 16 (you may remember their lively performance this past summer in the park) and Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow on March 15.

Be ready for the Winter Carnival coming up on Feb. 2. King and Queen candidates need to think about getting started on fundraising.

Call Doris Braun at (970) 627-5099 to sponsor a King and Queen.

While you’re out and about this week, ask Dolores Esmonde to show you her moose

picture . . . ask Sarah Ladouceur to show you her wedding pictures . . . and ask Gail Brooks to show you her digital pictures.

Happy New Year.

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