Friday, January 11, 2013

A New Year, A New Beginning (1.11.2013)

There’s something about a new year that’s so hopeful; a brand-new calendar or planner with clean, fresh pages seems to offer a world of possibilities. In January, the holidays are behind us and new ventures await.

Whatever your new beginning, let the library be your partner. Find just the right books, articles, and DVDs at the library. Your librarian can help you find and borrow similar materials from other libraries, and help you find people and groups who share or support your interests.

Here’s a very small indication of what you’ll find in the library.

Do you want to lose weight or get in great shape? How about checking out Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food: Kick Your Fake Food Habit, Kickstart your Weight Loss  by Christine Avanti? Or maybe you’d like to read an ebook: A Beach Body in Six Weeks: The How-To Guide .

In 2013 do you plan to learn a new skill? Maybe you’re taking a trip to another country and would like to be able to speak a little of another language; you’d turn to something like Transparent Italian  a USB flash drive. Maybe this year you’ll build a gazebo, a wall, a bookcase. Backyard Cottages and Gazebos , Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios, and Walls  or How to Make Bookshelves and Bookcases  could be just what you need to get started.

If you’ve decided you really need to get organized this year, Andrew Mellen offers up ideas in Unstuff Your Life!: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good .

Are you familiar with having your good intentions fizzle out a few weeks after you start a new project? I am. In fact, if you make it a few weeks before you fizzle out, bravo! Maybe you and I should include rewards and motivators in our plans for 2013. Whether it’s reading a guide for success, such as Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential and How You Can Achieve Yours or encouraging affirmations, as in the electronic book 365 Words of Well-Being for Women , we can find words that will help keep us on track.

I enjoy reading fiction that’s relevant to what’s going on in my life. If I’m tackling weight loss, I’ll enjoy a story dealing with that, such as Cooking for Harry: A Low-Carbohydrate Novel  by Kay-Marie James. It’s a fast-paced book about marriage and relationships. An interest in carpentry might lead me to read Smitten , a short novel by Janet Evanovich, better known for her Stephanie Plum series.

Here’s a quote from Edith Lovejoy Pierce, a poet. She said, “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.” And so we begin 2013 together.

Amy, volunteer @ Warrenton

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