Today’s Resolution: Build a London Bridge

In case you didn’t realize, the XXX Olympiad is underway in London, England. Even if you are not a sports enthusiast, it is not tough to recognize this is a significant event dating back to ancient Athens and more of a symbolic gesture of world peace than anything else. A big deal. If you have not been following the Games which started July 27, it’s not too late. Choose a sport, country, or athlete to follow, make predictions about an event, or tune in to london2012.com for an overview of everything. If you have been glued to the action, wear the colors of the country you are pulling for today!

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Today’s Resolution: Get an Appraisal

Today's Resolution: Get an Appraisal

It is amazing how popular shows that highlight cleaning out sheds, storage units, and homes have become. The premise feeds upon the idea that “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” However, with the help of online auctions, that saying is quickly transforming to “one man’s treasure is also a treasure to many!”

The next time you clean out that attic, garage, or closet, sort your items carefully before taking to the dump or donating. Grandma’s Steiff teddy bear or Uncle Al’s Topps baseball cards from the ‘50s might have more than sentimental value attached to them. Check out online guides and auction websites or local antiques/collectibles shops for more information. Ask questions. Research the history of older items. Sometimes being a packrat pays off.

Today’s Resolution: Set a Date

Today's Resolution: Set a Date

Make a time capsule for yourself. Create several long term lists with personal goals. Put the headings on your lists: “6 months from now,” “1 year from now,” 5 years from now,” and “10 years from now.”

Write several realistic goals or achievements you believe you can reach at each of those milestones. Put the lists in an envelope and seal it. Put the envelope in a secure place where you can find it in 10 years.

 

Today’s Resolution: Travel to a Reader’s Paradise

Today's Resolution: Travel to a Readers Paradise

Classic treasures can be found for free and without a map. Missed Hamlet the first time in 10th grade English class? Looking for the spoils of war outside of the movie Troy and want ALL of the details disclosed in The Iliad? Many people are just beginning to realize that most literary works of merit that are 75 years and older have surpassed their copyright privileges.

Gutenburg.com is one growing website source for free classics. They can often be downloaded for free in a variety of formats and have something for everyone. Would you rather listen to a classic? LibriVox.com offers many selections for those who prefer to let someone else do the reading.  Set a goal to revisit a work you never read, but were supposed to. Your English teacher will forgive you.

Today’s Resolution: Get All Laced Up

When we think about our shoes, rarely do we have ideas on how a new set of laces might spruce up our wardrobe. Usually we are on to thinking about that next pair of shoes to buy. There is quite an array of styles and colors available when it comes to lacing up. Old neutral Keds could add pizzazz to a wardrobe with some brightly colored laces.

Children’s sneakers can seem brand new with graphic additions to laces: hearts, dinosaurs, stars, etc. Even just a refresh on a pair currently in use can transform a shoe’s curb appeal. You can purchase them by the dozens so there are plenty of back-ups on hand, a good idea if you are on your feet and on the go!

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