I LOVE New Year's Eve. NOT the celebration in the evening ringing in the new year, because, with the exception of high school parties at my friend Dianne's, and one or two fun times since then, I think New Year's Eve is HIGHLY overrated. I mean the day of new year's eve...a time for reflection, and excitement at the year ahead and all of the possibilities therein, and the "wiping the slate clean" bit....
Unfortunately, I believe in resolutions...even though I often give up on them by about...January 5th. It seems that I have the same ones every year, and, looking back through my blog, the text below is actually a "cut and paste" from January 19th, 2009. I'm reposting because, sad as it is to say, I need to work on the same things I always do. Not sure it's going to "take" this year, but they are all worthy goals, and, with a new year on the horizon, maybe THIS year, I'll achieve them!
Addendum: I DID delete #5...the one about completing debt management, because I did, and even though I need to start "tightening the belt" when it comes to the ONE credit card I do possess, I'm doing okay. I replaced it with one about my job...which I'm not particularly enjoying these days...
Okay...here are my OFFICIAL resolutions for 2013...
1). Lower my
cholesterol. Still high. Still worrisome. Still need to work on it.
weight. Man...this one seems to be on my resolutions list EVERY YEAR.
You'd think I'd have done it by now, but, I'm a little TOO FOND of fatty, salty,
junky food. I've TRIED to lose weight, and have accomplished the goal, but then
put it all back on when I get busy, or stressed, or bored. I started charting my points online again a few days ago, and even though I haven't lost AN OUNCE, I'm on the right path. My REAL test is still the two or three hours before bed...the PERFECT snacking
time...but, I'm working on it...ugh!
3). Get more exercise. Haven't done much with this one yet, but hope to get to the fitness center at the clubhouse after January 1 to do some time on the treadmill. I've snipped cardio and free weight workouts from "Men's Health" magazine, so I'm "on the path" at least...
4. Drink less
wine. Okay...I admit that I'm a little too fond of wine. Not slobbery,
staggery, drunk fond of it, but DEFINITELY "it helps me relax" fond of it. I'm
HOPING that the whole "lose weight/get more exercise" thing will assist with
this resolution. Wine is HIGH in calories, and will TOTALLY defeat losing
weight, which I think I REALLY AM now committed to doing...
Look for the positive in my job. Apparently, "job satisfaction" is important to my psyche. I've been unhappy with the way my job has evolved during the past couple of years, and am COMPLETELY overwhelmed with what's expected of me. MANY people are in the same boat, and, in the grand scheme of things, it's not that big of a deal. So...I am going to start looking for the positive in what I do. I DO still get to "peripherally" being a librarian, and I DO "marginally" get to work with kids, and I DO still enjoy SOME of the people with which I work (okay...this one is going to be harder than I thought...)...
6). Swear less.
Okay...I admit it (although if you know me AT ALL, you already know this)...I
get EXTREMELY "potty mouthed" when I drive around the cities. It doesn't HELP
that 98% of the drivers up here are COMPLETE and UTTER morons, but, in an effort
to "detoxify" my commute, I am stating here, for the world (or at least the
three people who read my blog) that I am vowing to curtail the "blue stream of
trucker talk" that seem to pop so freely from my mouth. Enough said.
Spend MORE time with family and friends. I don't really need to elaborate on this one.
I get too busy, and too wrapped up in things, and my personal relationships end
up taking the brunt of it. No more (I hope). Family and friends are what it's
all about, right? Why cut time from that for all of the "crap" that fills our
Okay...that's where I'll stop. I don't want to become TOO PERFECT
too quickly (okay...even I'M laughing at that one). Honestly, I think that's
MORE than a good start...maybe a bit too grandiose, but, that's kind of what New
Years resolutions are all about, right? The "stretch goals"
that we make to become the person that we truly want to be??!!!
luck, and I hope that YOU are sticking to YOUR goals for 2009...AND 2013!!
Here's hoping YOU are working on those "stretch goals" too. Self-improvement is a good thing...right??!!!
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