Making New Year’s Resolutions has become so cliché that you hardly ever hear people talk about them anymore. The self-promise to lose weight, eat healthy, save more money, blah, blah, blah, is such a struggle that I recently heard lofty resolutions don’t make it past January. Personally, I believe the day to day challenges of work, family, finances, home and social pressures are already so great that when you add anything else to the list, we are subconsciously setting ourselves up for failure.
So, this year, I made the decision to not fall into the trap of setting a lofty goal but rather opted to set realistic expectations that I could share with my family in which we would all gain a positive experience. With that said, my resolutions are:
“explore my community by discovering new activities, and accept invitations or suggestions outside my comfort zone”
Given that most resolutions are forgotten by mid-January, I maybe at an advantage with my late start but it has taken me a few weeks to seriously think this thru. It all started with accepting an invitation from a friend for a “guy’s night out” to attend a Carolina Thunderbirds hockey game in Winston-Salem. Normally, I would have turned it down, because I am a homebody, but then I would have missed an awesome experience. The game was held in the field house and it was packed with families and die-hard fans alike. The atmosphere was electric! The night was filled with the roar of the crowd, constant excitement, and a win for the Thunderbirds. I had become an instant fan and all thanks to accepting an invitation from a good friend.
Recently, I saw an inspirational story on the local news about a special coffee shop in Greensboro. In the spirit of meeting my self-imposed expectations of my new year’s resolution, I stopped by A Special Blend coffee shop on East Market Street. Known as “a community in a cup” the non-profit business employs adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a setting that interacts with the community. Their mission is to improve the quality of their lives with a sense of dignity, purpose and acceptance. As I sit in the café writing this blog, I can’t help but be inspired with positivity that was infectious with each cup they brewed. I found the café to be active and the coffee delicious; the pastry is supplied by local bakers and the staff are attentive, dedicated and professional. It has now become my new favorite spot for a cup of joe…
With the busy holidays behind us and school back in full swing, my early February birthday is usually held with a simple celebration at home. However, with the urging of my wife, we decided to celebrate out with a family “date night” at 1618 West Seafood Grille on Friendly avenue in Greensboro. The dining room was welcoming and table service exceptional. Dinner began with an order of grilled lamb chops served on a bed of brisket lentil topped with pan sauce. The tenderness of the lightly flavored meat accented by the hearty flavor of the sauce offered a balance that did not disappoint. For our entrées, we ordered the seafood trio which had blackened corvina, coconut crusted chili glazed shrimp and scallops perfectly prepared. An entrée of pan seared Chilean seabass accompanied with a citrus caper cream sauce and stuffed swiss chard was also a favorite. Both entrees were generous, light and perfectly prepared. To the delight of my son, they offered homemade panko crusted chicken tenders (off menu) with pommes frites. For dessert we were treated to Key Lime pie that was well balanced and a peanut butter pie that was wonderful and decadent. We ended on a high note of full bellies, lots of laughter and new memories of a wonderful birthday.
With several weeks into 2019, I already have a feeling of success with my recent experiences. I will keep you posted on my journey throughout the year with reviews, suggestions, tips and stories of my adventures. In the meantime, let Work-Life Solutions help you make some resolutions of your own by either helping you to find more time the day, take some of your burdens of your shoulders or help plan a much needed date night! Having a personal assistant of your own is just not for the workplace anymore!