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Today’s Resolution: Forget The Noise and Meditate

Oh Monday, the most loathed day of the week for anyone who works the Monday through Friday shift. The benefits are the weekends, but the sacrifice is waking up to a dreaded Monday morning for the rest of your life (…perhaps). So, today you’re probably going to want to hang tight and brace yourself, right? That’s why it’s good to meditate every once in a while (or every day). If you’re a pro, then I don’t need to tell you how to get started. If you’re not and this is your first time, here are some pointers:

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Today’s Resolution: Hug Somebody

On Sundays we try to give you resolutions that are fulfilling but also comforting, like Sundays are meant to be spent – fulfilled and comforted. That’s why today’s resolution is to hug somebody. And there are no real rules to “the emotional heimlich”, it’s up to you. If you need a few reminders as to why hugging is way more rad than personal space, here are a few facts I dug up that may or may not have any scientific evidence behind them:

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Today’s Resolution: Go Left When You Should Go Right

Today’s objective is to get lost, and not in the “get outta here” kind of way. Instead of finding your way today, take a wrong turn instead. Instead of going wherever the GPS tells you to go, or wherever your hiking trail guides you, use your intuition. Keep your GPS for backup of course, but take some time out today and see how your sense of direction is first. Perhaps you’ll discover a new place, a new route, or maybe you’ll just get lost. Don’t forget to enjoy the ride/walk/slide along the way, because sometimes it’s OK not to ask for directions.

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Today’s Resolution: Re-Connect With an Old Friend

You certainly haven’t dwindled away the list of every last person you ever hoped to add to your Facebook friend list, have you? Perhaps you even want to go about it the old fashioned way, and that’s cool too. Today your resolution is simply to re-connect with a long lost friend, and perhaps even appreciate the tools that we now have at our fingertips to do this in ways our great grandparents never would have imagined.

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Today’s Resolution: Give to a Food Bank

Everyone has a local food bank, homeless shelter, or another charity that is always looking for food. Just think of all the food you throw away when you start a diet, or while cleaning out cupboards. A box of macaroni and cheese here, a can of pea soup there, it all adds up. If you have an abundance of sale items you overstocked on back when you were extreme-couponing, now’s the time to “pay it forward”.

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Today’s Resolution: Send a Birthday Card

It’s so easy to post a “happy birthday” on Facebook and through text message, and so hard to buy a paper card and write it down, stamp it, and put it in the mail. I admit it. That’s why this is such a great resolution. And if you don’t know anyone with a birthday coming up immediately, use something like  TinyPrints to schedule real paper cards to send to a friend or family member when the date arrives!

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Today’s Resolution: Tell The Truth

You know what? That “the truth shall set you free” nonsense isn’t always true. Sometimes the truth hurts people. So let’s be clear about today’s resolution. Tell the truth about the things that matter. For example:

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Today’s Resolution: Drink a Glass of Fancy Red Wine

You know what they say, a glass of red wine will make your heart beat longer, and if Patrick’s 97-year old grandmother has anything to say about it (as she often does), it’s definitely working for her.

Today your goal (if you drink alcohol) is to drink a glass of fancy wine. Now, fancy to you and fancy to us mean two different things.  So use your own definition.

I already know what we’ll be drinking… 2007 Eaglepoint Ranch Petite Syrah from JC Cellars in Oakland, CA. I’ll tell you why, later.

How about you? Have a favorite wine to share? Let us know in the comments.

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Today’s Resolution: Thank Your Mailperson

Today is national “thank a mailman day” (if you believe what the internet tells you). I don’t know about you but I’ve always been pretty impressed with the mailpeople that I’ve encountered in the various places that I’ve lived, and that commercial that they ran after September 11th, while they were dealing with anthrax threats and all that, still vowed, “We are mothers and fathers. And sons and daughters. Who every day go about our lives with duty, honor and pride. And neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, nor the winds of change, nor a nation challenged, will stay us from the swift completion of our appointed rounds. Ever.”

And I feel like every mailman or mailwoman I’ve encountered is pretty awesome and lives by this. I mean, when’s the last time you didn’t get your mail on a Monday-Saturday? Even during a snowstorm?

When I was young, I lived out in the sticks of Massachusetts. The mailman I grew up with didn’t walk to each house in those blue short-shorts or anything, because it would have taken him all day to deliver to one neighborhood, since the houses were so far apart. However, one thing I always liked (even as a kid, cause I sent letters often) is that he would always pay your postage, even if you didn’t use enough stamps. He’d leave a little note to let you know, but he never left it in your box. The mail always got where it was supposed to go.

Patrick’s old mailman was walker. He parks somewhere around the neighborhood and hand-delivers the mail to everyone’s mailboxes, which in his old neighborhood, are affixed to the sides of their houses. You have to wonder when the Post Office will require people to cut the mailpeople some slack and throw a mailbox on the curb, but until then he’s out there walking door to door.

So, you know the drill. Today’s resolution is to thank your mailman. If you’re not around during the day to catch him, maybe leave him a note, a bag of cookies, a coffee gift card or something else that’s nice.  A thank-you post-it is fine! They can’t accept cash or booze, so stick so the simple tokens of gratitude.

Happy card-making!

– Amanda

Today’s Resolution: Learn Something New

You’re surrounded by people who know more than you about tons of things, based on their own life experience, and vice versa. Today, seek out new information. For example, yesterday I learned that the colors of those little tags of bread represent the day of week that the bread was baked. I mean, how much more information can a person possibly digest in single day?

And don’t forget to tell us what you learned, right here back on the blog!

Three cheers for thinking caps!

– Amanda

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