Sunday, January 1, 2012
No Resolutions For Me
Everywhere you look you see people making and talking about their New Year's Resolutions - and everyone asking "What are your resolutions?" or "So, how are your resolutions going?". Well, I've got news for them - I'm not making any resolutions, and I'm really sorta tired of all the televisions "know it all's" telling you (meaning me) what you (meaning me) should be doing with your (meaning my) life. You do know what I mean don't you? Everyday you hear "You should be eating this instead of that" or "You should be doing this type of exercise instead of that". Well, I know I probably should be eating this instead of that and that I should be doing some type of exercise but all these "experts" on television, newspapers, and magazines telling me what "I should be doing" is not going to push me in the direction that these "experts" think I need to be going in.
Does that mean I'm just going to muddle along on the same little road that I have been on all last year? Well, actually, no. I realize that, with the beginning of a new year you (meaning me) have a chance to make some changes in the way you (meaning me) do things. A new year brings a psychological idea that we can start fresh - whether that is with the way you (meaning me) decorate your house or the way you (meaning me) conduct your (meaning my) life. I have already told you, in a previous post, that we (meaning Dan and I) have put away all the end of the year decorations - and that means Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The house is now clean and pared down - it is a fresh start on the new year.
So, if I make a fresh start on the new year in my decorating, why would I not make a fresh start in other areas of my life. I think that the beginning of a new year is a good time to take stock of how things are going - looking to see what is working and what isn't. And I think it is a good time to change the things that aren't working for you anymore.
However, I don't believe in resolutions - resolutions get broken. Usually within the first month (or week) of making them. So, what am I going to do? Well, I am going to have two goals this year - and they are very broad goals. Which means that they can encompass a lot of smaller things. They have to do with things that I feel I need to get a better handle on - or that I have not done a good job of being on top of in the past year or so. I am hoping that by making these two goals - and yes, I have actually talked to Dan about them already, so he knows about my goals - although I have to say they are MY goals and NOT Dan's- and that I hope I will be able to make some significant changes that will affect our life in a positive manner. However, since they are MY goals it will be MY responsibility to make the changes.
So, what are these lofty goals? Not that different than probably many of you - maybe just worded in a different way.
1. Be financially more responsible
2. Be more family orientated
What does that mean? Well, I'll give you just a couple of examples. For #1 - make menu's and use coupons (which will mean not wasting money at the grocery store). That's just one way. For #2 - not be late with birthday cards that are mailed to family members. I know that sounds pretty petty as a goal, but I have been horrible about that in the last couple of years and I want that to change this year.
I will explain more as the year progresses, but I don't want to get too bogged down with the details right now - I have ideas of how to integrate these goals into our everyday life and the examples I gave you are not the only things that I have in mind, but I can't tell you everything all at once. It will make for some interesting posts in the new year - so I hope you will stayed tuned to see what I do and how these goals go.
How about you guys out there - do you make New Years Resolutions? If so, how are you at keeping them? Are you making any this year? I would love to know if you would like to share. In any case - whether you make resolutions or not - and if you keep them or not - I wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!