By Jeanette Bennett, utahvalley360.com
I’m one of those people who crosses off each day on the calendar as it goes by. Sometimes I cross the day off before 9 a.m., just because it makes me feel better. (Just in case you were wondering, I also make “to-do lists” that include things I’ve already done. Crossing things off is more fun for me than a trip to Seven Peaks.)
So you can imagine how intense my emotions are when it’s time to head to University Mall and purchase a wall calendar for the new year.
After I do a few breathe-in, breathe-out exercises, I begin to grasp the idea of an empty 12-month slate. The truth is, I like a fresh start. I know what my shortcomings were in 2005, and I want to learn from my mistakes and have a great new year.
For example, I vow not to be the mother who gets the treat schedule at the first game, stuffs it in her jacket pocket, and doesn’t find it again until after the season is over. I must have been getting some pretty good glares from both the kids and the parents at the Junior Jazz game where I was supposed to supply not one, not two, but three treats — one for halftime and two for after the game. I may have singlehandedly made a dent in childhood obesity in north Utah County. But I’m sure none of the second-graders are applauding my efforts.
I also vow to do more cooking this year. One of the saddest days as a mother is when your child takes his kids meal toy back up to the counter and says, “Can I trade? I’ve already got this one.” And if we do go out to eat, which, let’s face it, is going to be many times, I know the 12 best restaurants in town after reading the dining guide that starts on page 87.
I also resolve to learn more from the experiences of others. In our “5 goals” section, we highlight ordinary people in the valley who have done what most of us jot down each January and forget about by President’s Day. One of the reasons we all love Utah Valley is because of the talented and kind people in our neighborhoods, schools and offices. Shouldn’t this be the year we finally figure out what we can learn from each of our associates?
In this issue, you can learn about starting over from the owner of Alison’s Pantry (page 78), about thinking clearly from Hyrum Smith (page 20) and about why you should put more effort into getting dressed each morning (page 76).
We share our learning curve with you six times a year as we produce Utah Valley Magazine (and another four times per year with BusinessQ). Our glossy pages are an ideal place to teach and to learn. If you have an idea for an upcoming “lesson” for our magazine, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll put “respond to your e-mail” on my to-do list.