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Learning Something New

At the beginning of each year, I find myself debating whether or not to set a "New Year's Resolution." Resolutions often lean toward making healthier life choices. And while, getting in better shape and losing a few pounds are certainly goals I should set for myself, they are not the type of resolutions I like to set. Probably because I have not proven to be the best at keeping those ones! Over the last number of years, I have used the beginning of the year as a time to set a goal (or resolution) to learn something new. One year I learned how to knit, another I focused on baking the best loaf of bread, and another year I signed up for a class to learn new quilting techniques.

So for 2019, my New Year's Resolution will be to learn to play the piano. As a child, I had always wanted to learn to play a musical instrument, but that was never in the cards. Well, I take that back. I did learn to play the recorder in Fourth grade. However, that was where my musical experience stopped. And then, years ago, our neighbor needed a place to store an additional piano. Our living room was offered up. And there the piano has sat, unplayed, for seven years. My husband gifted me piano lessons this year for Christmas, and I was super excited and intimidated!

My first lesson was last week, and I felt like a fumbling six year old sitting on that bench not knowing one note from the next. But each evening as I sit at the piano to practice my scales, I feel a little bit more comfortable. Who knows, I might be playing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" before you know it! 

How do you treat the beginning of a New Year? Is it a time to break a habit, build a habit or maybe learn something new?


  1. This is excellent!!! And good for you for overcoming the intimidation of such a large endeavor. It will prove to be very rewarding and rejuvenating for your soul. Good for you!

    1. Thank you! It's been a good challenge for me, and I am enjoying it.