Happy New Year, all! As we kick off a new year with new hopes, dreams and plans, everyone looks to resolutions of what they will do differently with this clean slate of a year. Many look back to the old year and think of all the bad things that have happened and feel grateful to have made it through and happy that the old (bad) year has gone.
2014 was a good year for this family. My son found a new job, and he bought his first car. There was a new car for me as well (actually mine came first, and that gave my son the courage and desire to try to get one of his own). I graduated from college with honors, after waiting thirty-seven years to wear a cap and gown again. In sum total, 2014 was more good than bad.
- Lose weight. I know everyone says this on January 1st, but I really do need to make this a priority in my life. I am heavier than I have ever been, and at my age carrying extra weight makes all those aches and pains worse than they should be.
- Exercise on a daily basis. Even if it’s just a gentle walk at lunchtime or a few minutes spent pedaling my stationery bike, I need to do this at least 30 minutes per day. Getting started is the hardest part. I have arthritic knees, and the left one was injured when I fell down the stairs several years ago. The extra weight and lack of activity makes this joint stiff and sore. Moving more keeps it flexible. Exercise also reduces stress which brings me to my next resolution.
- Reduce stress. I have taken on extra responsibilities at work. I find that the work day flies past now. There is little time to stop and think, and all of this adds to my stress level. My hairdresser observed that my hair is getting thinner on top, and her first comment was that I needed to reduce my stress level.
- Take time out for myself. This resolution ties into resolutions 1 through 3. I need to make ME more of a concern and put me first once in a while. I spend most of my time worrying about others and their needs. If I don’t take the time to care for myself, I won’t be here to care about others. That’s the pure, honest truth of it.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff, and yes, this concerns schoolwork and homework. Do what I can do on a daily basis, and let the rest of it go. I usually do well no matter what, and I need to remember that. It’s not necessary to twist myself up over what I can’t get to. It will get finished, and sometimes “good enough” is enough. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece every time.
- Read something every day. I enjoy reading, and not being able to get to it makes me feel like I am missing out. I need to fit it in wherever I can even if it’s just 30 minutes while pedaling my bike or 10 minutes at bedtime before I turn out the light. I also need to read what really interests me or grabs my attention right off the bat and not waste time on awful books. A recent book club selection is a prime example. I made it to page 135 and tossed in the towel. It’s okay to do that. I have so many books on my “to be read” pile, and I have hundreds of books I’ve started but didn’t like, and I keep thinking “everyone loved that – I should, too”. I need to forget about that and give the ones I didn’t like away.
- Blog on a more regular basis. I’m on school break at the moment, and I’ve resurrected both my cats’ blog and the squirrel blog. I am also blogging here on a daily basis. I love writing. No, it’s not all first class material, but who cares? I love doing it. How can I not do something that I love? When schoolwork or the daily grind takes this away from me, I miss it!
Okay, I believe seven is enough resolutions for one year. Maybe seven will prove to be my lucky number. Perhaps I should set a reminder for yearend this year to look back at this list and see how I did with the seven items I’ve listed. I’d like to make all of them a reality, but we all know what happens to the best of intentions.
Happy New Year, everyone!
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