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This Side Up - December 31, 2008

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"Venturing" is a branch of the Boy Scouts of America. The unique thing about Venturing is that it is open to boys and girls - and young men and women - from ages 14 to 20.

The York County District Banquet was held Dec. 11 and awards were given to a special group of Ventures from Crew 250. Courtney Diles, Kathryn Harkins, Kayla Baker, Elisabeth Cassell, Irene Walters and Danielle Ormseth were all awarded the Howard Hunter "Super Scout" Award.

This was the first time girls have received the award. The Howard Hunter Award is awarded to scouts and their leaders who complete a certain amount of scouting events over a one-year period. This year's events consisted of five nights of camping, a water activity, a district event and a camp out. They had to do approximately 15 items in all. These girls worked extremely hard this year to reach their goals and were so excited to win this award. Two of the Crew 250 advisors were also awarded with honors for Scout of The Year and the Palmetto Award.

Irene Walters said this was a great Christmas present for all the girls and they have already begun working on next year's event.

Congratulations to all of them.

New Year ahead

Last year, my New Year's resolution was to "go green" and I am proud to say I accomplished about 85 percent of my goal.

This year, my New Year's resolution is to have more "me time!" My friends, family and neighbors know I am always a whirling tornado doing this and that in every direction. This year, I am going to slow down and smell the roses. I am going to focus on having a little extra time for me.

I have already started on a plan and that is listening to audio books in the car while being stuck in traffic. As you all know, if you have ever traveled on Hwy. 160 during rush hour, you go nowhere. Traffic is bumper to bumper. I felt guilty about wasting so much time, so in the past seven weeks I have actually listened to seven books from the local library. I love mysteries, so by the time I get home I feel like my time has not been wasted and it is really an inexpensive way to cool down.

I am also going to take up a creative hobby to escape my worries. Researchers say that the artistic side of your brain forces you on the task rather than on your unfinished to-do list. After just 15 to 20 minutes of focusing on your hobby your stress level will dip and you will feel rejuvenated and ready to go again.

The top five New Year's resolutions Americans make are as follows:

1. Lose weight

2. Pay off debts

3. Save money

4. Find a better job

5. Get in shape

I never make any of the above resolutions because realistically, I could not truthfully follow any of the them. I will give myself a motivational speech each day and say to myself "this year I am going to go easy on myself and make myself and somebody else happy."

I wish a "Very Happy New Year" to all of my readers.