New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year!

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It’s that time of year again! It’s that time when we try to convince ourselves that we just might complete all those things we never seem to get done. Lose weight, get in shape, get organized, eat better, act better, be a better human being.

The last few years my goal has simply been to be organized, be more productive. It just never seems to happen. I wake up every morning and just fly by the seat of my pants. Before I know it the week has already come and gone, the seasons have changed and I have accomplished not one thing.

Someone suggested a book on organization. That’s no good! I don’t need to read a book, I just need a realistic plan.I have tried breaking it down into small chores. Small Chores with rewards. That didn’t work. I think what I really need to do is get a box, shove everything in it that I haven’t used in the last year or 10 years and get rid of it. No sorting and no regrets.

I want to blog more.At times the ideas spill our of my brain and make quite the mess on the passenger seat of my car. For instance, I have a fictional group of animals that live in a lovely meadow on the edge of a large forest, far from people.Their antics would be based on funny or interesting stories. Some stories would be things that happen at the senior adult community where I work. Others just simply things that I’ve heard or stories I’ve been told. Just mainly quirky, silly every day human interaction stories.

I’ve discussed my idea of a community of forest animals with a friend. It was suggested that my character would be the honey badge. I think it was meant as a compliment. Another series of blogs would be Lyrics of Life. It would be about how a song relates or reminds me of someone or maybe a situation. And of course I would also toss in my usual point of view on every day life or current events at times.

Sound great! Doesn’t it? Even though I now have my new handy dandy iPen (I wrote this entire blog with it on my iPad) Don’t hold your breath. My intentions are good, but normally I’m really just too tired.

Don’t forget that I also like to crochet in my “spare” time. I also like to cook, bake, preserve, visit, entertain and run my mouth.If it wasn’t for the 40 hour work week, the 90 minute commute each way I would have plenty of time and energy. But as it is, especially as I sit here at the beginning of another New Year all I know for sure is, I am so very tired.

I’d really love to draw my animals that live in the meadow. Maybe I can do that with this new pencil?

One More Trip Around the Sun

Yes, this year is nearly over. But I woke up this morning, looked at the old woman in the mirror and whispered “Happy birthday lady.” Somehow I have managed to make it to the age of 55. It seems like just yesterday I was 17. Apparently a lot of life happened between 17 and 55. I see it in the mirror, in the lines on my face. I feel it in my attitude. My personality is sort of like a roller coaster.

I wish I was more even tempered, but sadly I am not. I wish I could keep my opinion to myself, but sadly I can not. I wish I liked people in general, but sadly I do not. Even though I don’t like people in general, I find that I am a people pleaser. I guess I just don’t like confrontation. I’m sensitive to a change in tone when someone speaks to me.

But that’s not why I’m here today. I’m here today with the obligatory list of things I’ve learned in the last 55 years. I’ve reflected on these basic tenets and tweaked them into sort of list of New Year’s Resolutions. But mainly, things I need to remember or things I need to strive to be more aware of on my next trip around the sun.

  1. Be kind and thoughtful, but don’t be a doormat.

  2. Don’t be a gossip. If it isn’t kind or encouraging, zip your lip!

  3. Don’t put someone on the top of your list, when you aren’t even on theirs

  4. Return negativity with positivity

  5. When #4 doesn’t work, remove the cause of the negativity permanently.

  6. Rest your mind and body as needed. Your aren’t 20!

  7. Don’t be idle. Time is short and valuable. I’m 55, I have far less time than I thought

  8. Early to bed and early to rise is a good motto to live by

  9. Don’t be silent! Speak for others when they can’t speak for themselves

  10. I’m too old to be in a clique. I can only be myself.

I may need to come back to this list from time to time in the next year. After looking back over the list, some of them seem contradictory. Cutting someone out of your circle may not seem “kind”. But time is too short to allow others to bring you down.

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My 2016 List

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  1. I will wear more lipstick
  2. I will insist on road trips and vacations
  3. I will spend less time on the computer
  4. I will be the best employee that I can be
  5. I will spend more time with friends and family
  6. I will began a real research of my roots
  7. I will visit cemeteries
  8. I will redecorate my office
  9. I will drink more water and get more sleep
  10. I will relax
  11. I will be weird and not worry about it
  12. I will be kind
  13. I will eat less bread regardless of how much butter is available.
  14. I will let people know that I appreciate them
  15. I will give myself spa days
  16. I will be more positive
  17. I will cook more
  18. I will purge negative people from my life
  19. I will restock my wine fridge
  20. I will climb back on the Weight Watchers Wagon
  21. I will buy an Echo from Amazon
  22. I will blog more
  23. I will buy note cards and use them.
  24. I will get all those routine medical things done
  25. I will exercise

 

“May your coming year be filled with magic & dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to makes some art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself”. – Neil Gaiman

It’s a New Year and that means New Year Resolutions!!

Happy New Year!!  I can not believe that it is 2013!!  It seems like we were celebrating the beginning of 2012 just yesterday.  I guess it really is true that time flies as you get older.  Good!!  I guess it will be time to retire before I know it.

Do you make New Year Resolutions?  Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t.  Last year I only had one resolution.  It was “to get organized.”  I failed miserably.  Looking back I think my problem was I was too general.  Get Organized, what exactly does that mean any how?

Its on the list again this year, but I’m taking a different approach.  Instead of a general “I’m going to get organized”, I’ve laid out a battle plan.  A plan of attack if you will.  With each battle one, I get a reward!!  Rewards are fun, right?  When I talk about getting organized, I mean my house.  Doug gets irritated with me when I say our house is junky.  But it is.  My closets, cupboards, and extra rooms are brimming with gear, paraphernalia, belongings, possessions, things, etc.  You know plain old everyday junk!  I call it junk, because if it wasn’t junk I would be using it or lovingly storing it away.

So I’ve made a chart for each room of my house.  Each room I’ve broken down into easily manageable chores.  For instance: Master Bath (1) clean linen closet (2) clean under vanity (3) clean windows, walls, & baseboards.  When I’ve completed those things I reward myself with new bath linens and rugs.

I think having a detailed blueprint for organization is the best course of action for me.  I don’t have to finish one room at once, I can tackle a particular chore and feel a sense of accomplishment when I mark it off.  But once a room is finished and organized I receive a reward.  I’ve also made a list of rewards for each room.  I won’t bore you with the details, but I’m looking forward to it.

My other resolution is to let Doug know each day how much he means to me.  I think sometimes we get so caught up in the day to day chore of living that we forget to stop and let someone know we appreciate them.  Relationships are an important part of all of our lives.  So I’m also going to try to communicate and socialize more with those who matter.

I wish a good health, joy, and happiness in 2013.  happy-new-year-2013-249589

My New Year’s Resolutions

About a week ago I wrote my blog for New Year’s day.  But I have gone back and read it and realized how negative and mean it was.  So I hit the delete button and it is gone.  While what I wrote may be true and valid, I have let it go and I’m ready to move into 2012 with a clean slate and a happy heart.
We all have made resolutions over the year.  “I will eat healthier”, “I will lose weight”, “I will work out.”.  Long laundry lists of things we want to do to improve ourself.  Most of which are forgotten by the middle of January.
So with that in mind my main resolution for 2012 is to “let it go.”  I will try not to fixate on things that I have no control over.  This includes not only situations but people.  Just because you have known someone for a good long while or even though they may be a family member, sometimes you have to let people go.
With that in mind, I will have to remind myself that I don’t have to be everyone’s friend.  I don’t “owe” them anything and they certainly don’t “owe” me anything.  I’ve realized that when I am really angry and upset it only affects me.  So in the future I will try my best to “let it go.”  I’ve printed this out on small pieces of paper and have put them in drawers, closets, boxes, shoes, and purses.  So hopefully in the new year when I drift into the danger zone of holding on to and nourishing my anger I will stumble across one of these slips of paper and it will remind me to “let it go.”
In addition I will focus on doing the things that I love to do.  Visiting with friends and family, cooking, and shopping.  Yes, in 2012 I vow to shop more.  I couldn’t tell you when I last purchased an article of clothing for myself out of want and not need.  I will try harder to make an effort to get together face to face with the people who are important in my life.  After all Time is the greatest gift you can give to someone.  The wonderful benefit of this gift is that you receive as much in return as you give.
I will also cook more.  Since the heat of this past summer I have not cooked as much as I usually do.  I love trying new recipes and discovering new things in the kitchen.  The one thing I really want to do in the kitchen is make an awesome omelet.  I gave up years ago and just settled for scrambles.  So next week I will search out the perfect omelet pan.  I’m sure I don’t have one and that is the only thing standing in the way of me being able to proudly slide an omelet onto a plate.
Last but by no means least (because its on my list every New Year’s Day).  I will get organized!!  Really, I will.  This year I’m going to do it.  I’ve got way to much junk.  I would like my home to be an oasis of comfort and relaxation.  Not a place where I open a cupboard or a door to a spare room and think “Yuck!!  I really need to do something about this.”
Finally, I wish you and all those you love a very Happy New Year!!  We may not accomplish everything on our lists, but the important thing is that we try.