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Week In Review: I Resolve

In the past week, I’ve thought a lot about New Year’s resolutions.  Like thesinglecell, I don’t typically spend end-of-the-year-time reviewing aspects of my life, successes and failures and all that stuff; I pretty much lament about where my life is going (or rather, its lack of direction) all throughout the year.  And I certainly don’t make New Year’s resolutions because: (a) I forget about them almost immediately, or (b) I break them even sooner than that.

The anticipation of this new year feels different, though.  The events of the past year have brought a mental and emotional change in me that feels suspiciously like optimism.  I’ve started down a road that took me so very long to find.  It’s a long road, to be sure, but I’ve made progress, and the miles are beginning to add up.  It’s rather exciting.  And so, for the first time in years, I feel like there are resolutions to be made.  More importantly, I feel that these are things I can do, that I won’t quit.  Confidence is empowering, isn’t it?

Anyway, these are the things that are on my mind:

Every Month:

  • stick to my new budget for the entire year
  • spend time with family or friends I rarely see
  • go someplace different or go to an event (in other words, get out of the house!)
  • do something randomly nice for someone; I used to be a nice person and I’d really like to get her back again.


  • continue working on Being Thankful
  • write more substantial blog content
  • the Queries must return!


  • adopt healthier eating habits
  • to exercise – my body is begging for exercise!
  • de-cluttering! get rid of all of  some of all of the excess junk in my home
  • take a photography class
  • going to bed at the same time every night


I figure that’s enough to be getting on with.  I’m going to follow Todd’s advice and just do the best that I can do.  I think that’s as much as we have a right to ask of ourselves.  And each other.

I hope you step into this brand new year with joy and anticipation for what it has to offer!  Happy New Year!!


Items of Interest:

New Year’s resolution: The best I can do by Todd Pack

Tuesday, next year or maybe not by Patricia…

Resolution Revolution by JM Randolph

On the Sixth Day of Christmas by thesinglecell


9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sounds like you are off to a great start! In books by Martha Beck, whom I love, she often suggests visualizing the future you want. Should I be worried that when I attempt this my mind goes utterly blank???

    January 1, 2012
    • Don’t be worried, that blank mind thing happens to me all the time! But that visualization thing is a good idea.

      January 4, 2012
  2. It’s eerie reading this post because the things on your mind are so similar to what I just posted, especially doing more fun things and decluttering the house. You also posted a few things that I’ve been thinking about (doing random kind things for others, spending time with friends). I suppose they are generic things that a lot of people decide to do in the new year, but I’m glad you stated them all so clearly. Happy New Year!

    January 1, 2012
    • Happy New Year to you, too! I don’t usually do resolutions, and they are kind of general, but I’m feeling like I really need to do that this year. But I’m not surprised that we think alike.

      January 4, 2012
  3. Optimism and confindence are truly empowering! Your resolutions are great and do-able, good luck. Just remember that we can only do what we can do–and if you falter, just start over on the goals that still make sense. Have a great 2012!

    January 2, 2012
    • That’s good advice! I was thinking along the same lines, just do my best and if I falter, then start over.

      January 4, 2012
  4. That looks like a most excellent list to me. Happy New Year, and thanks for the pingback!

    January 2, 2012

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