My New Year’s Resolutions

January 3, 2011

New Year’s resolutions.  So easy to make.  Not so easy to keep.  Each year many of us keep a mental list of goals we would like to meet by the end of the year.  Last year one of my goals was to read more.  I must say that I’ve achieved that goal with flying colors.  I will continue to keep up with my reading as I’ve learned it’s a very calming hobby that contributes to a good night’s sleep when done right before bedtime (I’ve fallen asleep in my book many times).

This year a few new goals follow:

  1. Save, save, save.  I’ve been really good with saving and because of my saving I was able to dig myself out of debt.  One of last year’s other resolutions was to make a big dent in my debt.  Not only did I make a dent…I destroyed my balances and haven’t looked back.  I learned a lot about budgeting.  It’s so easy to purchase on credit.  I learned that it wasn’t so easy to pay it all off.  But this year I’ll be increasing my savings for good reason—I want to purchase a brand new car by the end of this year.
  2. Keep healthy.  It’s been a great feeling seeing clothing sizes drop.  It’s been an equally great feeling hearing people compliment my weight loss.  But the best feeling is looking in the mirror and feeling happy about the person looking right back at me.  I’ve gotten a boost in confidence and I know that keeping healthy is keeping happy.  I make better food choices and I exercise regularly.  Sure every now and then I cave and eat something from the dark side, but cravings are normal.  It’s portion control that’s key.  This year I have a goal size and I feel myself getting closer and closer to it. 
  3. Treat others as you would like to be treated.  I often lose focus when it comes to this old adage.  You tend to lose sight when you become agitated.  I realized that it’s no use lashing out with anger because it only fuels the fire and creates a vicious cycle.  I was taking my anger from its initial source and taking it out on loved ones.  In turn those loved ones became angered and so on and so forth.  The next time I become agitated I will try to remember this old saying.  I will try to take a deep breath and remember to go forward with love.
  4. Love more.  When it comes to emotions, I can show you rage.  I can show you sadness.  I can show you what a bitch really is.  But I have never been one to show any affection and I learned this past year that it’s an absolutely necessary thing.  This year I am going to love more.  I am going to hug and kiss and cuddle and hold and be so damn annoying that people are going to want to puke when they see me coming.  God put us on this Earth to love.  With so much hate in this world, shouldn’t we all try a little harder to love a little more?
  5. Write more.  So many thoughts and ideas revolve around my head and often times I lose them in the blink of an eye.  I bought a journal a few months ago.  I have only used one page of it.  I started this blog last year and I feel like I haven’t written as much as I would like to.  Granted life gets in the way sometimes when all you want to do is sit down to your laptop and open up a clean document to write on.  But I think often times we are rushing through life, trying to cram everything in in one shot, hoping to free up a little time that way.  Shouldn’t we take moments to pause, relax a minute and do something that we truly enjoy?  Writing is one of those enjoyable things for me that has been pushed to the back burner.  It’s time that I let my thoughts simmer and be readied to share, whether on this blog or in my own private journal.  On a side note, I would like to comment more on blogs that I follow.  As I’ve said before, life tends to get in the way, but I do read your posts and I get enjoyment and inspiration from your writing.  I thank you all for sharing and letting me share the blogging experience with you. 

Happy New Year!  What are your resolutions for 2011?

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