January ó New Yearís resolution time. This is the month that can prompt all of us to think about what we can do to improve ourselves. Iím all in favour of choosing resolutions that I can be successful at, like laying off junk food during the week in a bid to eat healthier, for example. So rather than swearing off sweets for the remaining 51 weeks of the year, Iíve taken a far more realistic approach.
I know myself well enough to know that sticking with a resolution for the year and hopefully beyond means choosing one that is manageable, something that can be achieved a bit at a time, not an all-or-nothing approach. Plus Iíve built in the caveat that slipping up doesnít mean Iíve failed, just that I am human, have momentarily lost sight of my goal, and can carry on tomorrow. It seems to me that resolutions like eating healthy, getting fit, or being a better person are far too broad and are probably not attainable in that form for most people. While choosing such a broad goal is certainly commendable, the finish line isnít really something you can envision. I think itís safe to say that for the majority of people, success comes from keeping smaller goals in sight and, with some planning and self-motivation, eventually reaching the big ones.
With all of this in mind, I wish you a Happy New Year and success in reaching your goals in 2014.
Womenís indoor soccer starts tonight. On Tuesday nights until Apr. 15, women over 17 years old can join together for some scrimmaging and laughs. Bring your court shoes (non-marking soles) for the 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. sessions at Signal Hill Elementary School. Cost is $5 to drop in, or $45 for the season. For more information visit Seatoskywomenssoccer.com.
Looking for something to get you out of the cold and keep you entertained? Smurfs 2 is the next Saturday matinee at the Pemberton Library on Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. Matinees will be held the second Saturday of each month until spring. Bring some snacks and enjoy this free family movie.
Get an iPad for Christmas and want to learn more about its capabilities? Or maybe youíve had one for awhile and have yet to learn about your deviceís full potential? An opportunity to learn about it is coming up at the Pemberton Library with iPad Level 1: Getting started with iPad. This free two-hour workshop, taught by Kendra Mazzei, takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Space is limited, so registration is required. Call the library at 604-894-6916 to register. Bring your own iPad.
Something to help brighten our January days is headed our way with Winterfest. This annual celebration of winter begins on Friday, Jan. 17 with dinner at the Pemberton Legion, and continues all weekend.
On Saturday, January 18 from 4 Ė 8 p.m. itís the Family Carnival at One Mile Lake. Along with outdoor movies, skating and more, hundreds of Pemberton Wish Lanterns will be released at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 8 p.m. Note: there is no parking at One Mile during this event. There will be free shuttle buses leaving the Pemberton Valley Lodge and the Pemberton Community Centre every 15 minutes from 3:45 p.m.
On Sunday, January 19, the carnival continues at One Mile from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with shinny hockey, curling, the polar bear plunge at noon, a DJ and more. Parking at One Mile will be available.
For more information, visit www.pembertonwinterfest.com.
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