I am not the kind of person who can handle New Year's Resolutions. There are many reasons I avoid them. One, failure. Typically I am traveling around that time of year so any attempt at making some sort of statement of what I am going to do with my life becomes an instant failure as I will never get it done while I am on VACATION! Two, everyone does them and I don't want to be cliche. Have you ever gone to the gym New Year's week or the entire month of January. There are people there you have never seen before and won't see again after February 1st. Three, I think you can choose to change your habits any old day you want. You can start a "clean slate" every morning if you like, so why glob it all up on just one particular day that one particular calendar says is "new."
Of course, all of this got me thinking. With all the changes in my life there are a few things I would like to make a pact to do differently, not least of which is to start keeping up with my blog again. Here I was staring at this day that only happens once every four years. Now there's a day that is special, truly unique and a great time to lay on the line a few of the things I would like to do differently this year. What better way than to start with my long abandoned blog. (In my defense, Carrie Currie pointed out to me that I had a pretty good excuse as to falling behind on things given that since July I have not been in my "home" for more than 10 days in a stretch.) But enough! Enough with the procrastination and excuse making. It is time to seize the day and stick to a plan. I don't have kids, so I don't have an excuse.
1. Read a new book every week. This comes from the simple fact that I write better when I am reading. In addition, it actually inspires me to get other things done and now that I have my handy dandy iPad I really have no excuse not to. I did start this resolution early with the Hunger Games series and then a horrible little book that somehow drew me in at the end. I still can't decide whether I liked it or not, but you can read it for yourself if you want to suffer too. "Bumped" is the title.
2. Stick with my blog. This means at least a once a week post about something. There is enough that happens, I must have something to say, right!?
3. Finish my projects. Now this is a long list and I think I need to tackle it monthly. One project a month until they are done. Many of you are going to laugh, but my March project is going to be to finish the wedding album I have started, separated and worked on a million times yet still have not finished and/or ordered. Lisa was married a month after me and with her OCD surely had hers done within a week after the honeymoon and she managed to make a person already. So...no more excuses there. Happy due date Lisa!
4. Get back into my Yoga kick. Not that any of you care about this, but I promise you, the size of my butt does! I have chosen a profession that keeps me planted firmly on my ass far too much which means I need to make an effort to get up and move. I realized this year how much I miss working at Sea World and running around all day. Man, that was fun.
5. Travel more...not just to see family but forcing my husband out of his comfort zone and going places. The truth is, he does like to travel, it is just the nagging work thing that keeps him stressed. Well we are going to be perma-travelers now for work, so I intend to extend that experience.
I think 5 things is enough. I reserve the right to revise and rework my list as necessary. Okay...let's see how this goes. The image is only to showcase that today was apparently the beginning of winter for Mammoth, so if snow can choose a new beginning so can I! :)