As this week slowly slips away into 2011 I have been thinking about New Year's Resolutions. Yep, it's that time of year again.
I have a love/hate relationship with resolutions as I am sure many other people do. I love the idea of a fresh start but kind of dislike making resolutions because I know that many of them won't be kept. Like the 'I'll lose 30 pounds this year' one. Insert any number in there - it's just hard. Or the 'have more patience' one. Lovely idea for sure but hard to keep up as you go through life and deal with multitudes of people. Or 'I'll exercise more'. That's always a fun one. Because we all love to get up at 4:30 in January, in the pitch dark and freezing cold to run a few miles (add in the coyotes that come down from the mountains each night here in AZ and it is downright scary). How about 'I'll get organized this year' - famous last words, right? If you're like me you have a room that looks worse on December 28th than it did on January 1st.
So much for resolutions, right?
Not so fast. Maybe there is a place for making small changes in our lives. Maybe something a bit less vague than 'I'll get out of debt'. Baby steps, I like to think. They say the devil's in the details but I think details are what's needed to make some changes. So why not replace 'I'll exercise more' with 'I'll walk 3 miles after I drop the kids at school every Tuesday'. Something to put on the calendar, an appointment you make with yourself. Details.
So for 2o11 I will try to:
- Complete the entire 28 day Challenge at Whole Living Magazine. I have wanted to do this the past few years and only make it about a week.
- Walk 3 miles each Tuesday after I drop LM off at school.
- Lose 10 pounds by February 28th. (Hopefully the 2 above items will help with this).
- Spend 15 minutes each day cleaning/organizing a part of my office. This is really the one place in my house that would qualify for Hoarders.
- Spend 10 minutes each day making sure Quicken is updated for our personal accounts. Since I do bookkeeping as a job my personal stuff sometimes gets neglected (don't worry all the bills get paid, I just don't have things as neat and detailed as I'd like.) You know the saying, 'the cobblers children have no shoes'.
That's a good start on resolutions I think. Too much is overwhelming and a great reason to quit. At least that's how I would rationalize it...
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.