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Forsyth County News

Are you one to make New Year’s resolutions? If you do this every year, are you successful at achieving your goals?

Because mine tend to be similar each year, you may assume that means I failed at said goals. I don’t think so.

For example, every year involves some sort of weight loss/get-into-shape goal. It may seem that if I achieved that goal, why would it end up back on the list year after year?

Here is why. For most women my age, losing weight and exercising is an ongoing process. Even when I lose 10 pounds, chances are it either creeps back over time, or I know I really needed to lose a few more pounds to begin with. It is just easier to keep adding it to the final draft of goals each year.

This year I am being more specific with this goal, designing a plan for me to exercise on certain days of the week, as well as a healthier meal plan.

Next on my list is usually something to do with organizing skills. Yes, I am a fairly organized person.

Because of my love of cooking and all things food, my kitchen is by far my most organized room. So much so that if my husband unloads the dishes from the dishwasher, I can usually tell immediately because certain things are not put back in their designated (by me) spot.

My office is usually pretty neat and tidy as well since I spend a large part of my day in there writing, making calls, etc. Sometimes, when I have numerous projects going on, it may appear unorganized on my desk, but it is always an organized chaos and I know where everything is and how it will get done.

Having multiple things going on is something I’m used to. It turns out having four children in less than seven years is good training for all sorts of things in the business world, not the least of which is supreme multitasking.

So if I am so organized, why is this always on my list? Because there are always things I don’t necessarily enjoy doing that need to be done. For example, I haven’t been in our attic in years. I know it is not pretty and needs to be thoroughly cleaned out.

Ditto our closet. I am sure my chest of drawers needs to be gone through as well. Then there is always our youngest son’s closet. That actually frightens me a bit. All of those projects are on the current 2013 list.

The biggest goal for me in 2013 is completing my first cookbook. Perhaps I am saying it publicly so I will give it my full attention.

I have been working on the book for years, testing recipes on my family and friends and visualizing its completion. Now that three of our four children are basically out on their own, I want to pass on the family meals they were raised on.

I have so many fond memories of cooking for our family and breaking bread together. Of course, I hope to have many more meals with our family and friends, but I would love to have a cookbook that contains all of those recipes.

So there. I have said it to my little world, and now I have to do it. Hopefully soon I will be telling all of you about its release.

Happy New Year to all of my readers! I wish you all the best and health and happiness in 2013.


Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at