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Work hard on New Year’s resolutions: LaVonne Ackerman

Posted 1/3/19

Happy New Year! Yay for a new year. Welcome to 2019. Let’s enjoy writing that over and over again and embracing it.

I hope your holidays were enjoyable, and if you made any New Year’s …

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Work hard on New Year’s resolutions: LaVonne Ackerman

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Happy New Year! Yay for a new year. Welcome to 2019. Let’s enjoy writing that over and over again and embracing it.

I hope your holidays were enjoyable, and if you made any New Year’s resolutions … I hope you are able to stick with them for the next 12 months!

The best ways to stick to a new plan? Keep it simple, look at behaviors in the past and be determined to change what you can. Stay positive … you eat an elephant one bite at a time! In other words, some small changes can bring big outcomes.

Journaling your goals and dreams is another way to internalize your intentions. Don’t forget to go back and visit what you wrote so you can see the changes happening! This process can be exciting and empowering. You can do it!

Wishing you a joyful 2019. Don’t forget to share your news and have a wonderful week!

Top Ten resolutions

1. Exercise more.

2. Lose weight.

3. Get organized.

4. Learn a new skill or hobby.

5. Live life to the fullest.

6. Save more money/spend less money.

7. Quit smoking.

8. Spend more time with family and friends.

9. Travel more.

10. Read more.

Birthdays

Best wishes and God’s blessings to Cassie Smith of Middletown on Wednesday, Jan. 2 as she turns 8. Hope your week is great!

Happy 20th birthday to Tirah Elliot of Royalton on Thursday, Jan. 3. Enjoy it all week long, Tirah!

Barb Dagenhart of Lower Swatara marks her very special cake-and-ice cream day on Saturday, Jan. 5. I hope you get to enjoy both treats, Barb!

Happy birthday to Safia Aman of Lower Swatara turns 9 on Saturday, Jan. 5. Wishing you the best party day ever, Safia!

Here’s a shout-out to Rich Zito for a super Sunday, Jan. 6 spectacular birthday. Wishing you sunny skies, Rich!

Alexis Hile of Lower Swatara marks her 22nd confetti-popping day on Sunday, Jan. 6. Have a very happy birthday weekend!

Anniversaries

Happy 32nd wedding anniversary to Cliff and JodiLynn Harro on Thursday, Jan. 3. Happy New Year, too!

Bernie and Judy Sobotka of Lower Swatara observe their romantic anniversary day on Sunday, Jan. 6. Best wishes to you for a happy and healthy day and year!

Cheesy Green Beans recipe

10 slices bacon

2 packages (16 ounces each) cut green beans

1 lb. sliced mushrooms

3/4 c. chopped onion

3/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1 jar (16 ounces) Cheez Whiz pasteurized process cheese spread

Cook bacon until crisp. Drain. Reserve 1/4 c. drippings. Crumble bacon and reserve 2 Tsp. Microwave beans according to package directions. Drain well. Add mushrooms and onion to reserved drippings in skillet. Cook and stir on medium-high heat for 10 minutes, and drain.

Add bacon, hot cooked green bean and pepper, mix lightly. Spoon into 2 quart serving dish. Microwave cheese spread according to directions.

Pour over green bean mixture. Sprinkle reserved bacon over top.

Quote of the Week

“When I’ve reached the end of myself, I’ve found surrender.” — Anonymous

Question of the Week

What do you look forward to in 2019?

“I want to plant a garden. I heard you have to plant seeds in the spring, then they grow in the summer, and you harvest in the fall. Then in the winter, the leaves die, and that’s the life cycle!” — Violet Romine, 8, Mechanicsburg.

“I want to go to the beach, to find seashells.” — Elsie Romine, 5, Mechanicsburg.

“Me turning into a teenager!” — Logan Benner, 12, Royalton.

“Having a new reading teacher.” — Aijah Gladden, 11, Middletown.

“I hope they ban all slime, because it is really messy!” — Anthony Albright III, 8, Middletown.

“Going to Ski Roundtop in the summer and doing zip-lining.” — Jameson Hoffman, 6, Lower Paxton.

Proverb of the Week

Rich and poor have this in common; the LORD is the Maker of them all (22:2).

Reach LaVonne Ackerman at 717-649-7366 or by email at LaVonneAck@comcast.net.