New Year’s ResolutionsPosted by Ali on January 03 at 01:18 pm
The beginning of 2009 already feels different than the beginning of years past. I feel more hopeful and more curious about the future than ever before. This is sure to be a year full of surprises.
For the Lima team, new year’s resolutions never seem to hold. Frankly, they’re kind of a joke. We’re determined to make this year different. We’ve decided to come up with realistic resolutions for ourselves.. things that we actually have a chance of maintaining.
Normally, my new year’s resolution is something like: “go out to eat less and use that YMCA membership more often” — but, every year these things fail. This year, I’m going to try doing those things as part of my normal life and not necessarily a resolution and see if they last longer. My actual resolution this year is going to be focusing on my family and my creative aspirations, so I hope to:
- Complete at least one piece of jewelry per month
- Take Payton somewhere new and interesting each week, like the botanical gardens, the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum, or the zoo.
- Get back into painting
- Cook at least 4 (OK, 3) meals at home each week that do not include: boca burgers, mac ‘n cheese, or Stouffer’s lasagna.
Because these are things that I desperately want to do anyway and just haven’t had time, I feel like maybe, just maybe, I can be successful this year!
My new years resolution is to slow down. After high school I went straight to college and then started Lima Beads with Ali, so I feel like I’ve been running at full steam for 10 years. Regular all-night study sessions, 60 hour Lima Beads work weeks with Steve, etc…
I just turned 30 and now that we have Payton (our little 7 month old girl), I really want to slow down and make sure I don’t miss anything.
My resolution is to get a hobby. Right now, I don’t have any true hobbies I can get passionate about outside of work. I’d like to find something creative, handy, or fun to focus on in my off time. I have plenty of things I’d *like* to be good at, but until now I haven’t given them enough time. I hereby declare that 2009 will be different.
This year, I’d like to buy a new house so that my wife and I can think about starting a family. So, I’d like to cut down on the number of times I go out to eat and other little, unnecessary expenses that will help me save for our new house.
At Lima Beads, we work together on almost everything. As one of the leaders of our team, I’d like to have a couple of resolutions as a team.
1. As you know, we give back to charities through the Lima Beads Giving Back program, but these are huge national (or even worldwide) charities. I’d really like to see our team volunteer locally to improve the Ann Arbor community. We live here and do business here and I feel like it’d be nice to give something back locally.
2. As Lima Beads continues to grow, we need to resolve to maintain our current customer service mentality. Most people have a story about their favorite business that used to have great customer service, but as they grew, the service started to go downhill… It is our worst nightmare to become that company. We’re still a small company, but as we grow larger, we always want to feel like a small company and have great relationships with our customers the way only a small company can.
Share your new year’s resolutions with us! Just please don’t say that you’re giving up coffee. The Lima Beads team is powered by coffee