Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year!

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2012 arrived the same way as 2011...with me comforting a dog who was terrified by all the fireworks being shot off! Poor Chaos. The cats weren't too happy, either.

A new year always brings about talk of resolutions and goals. Last year I wrote this:
Which is one of the reasons I didn't post New Year resolutions for 2011. After two difficult years, I want to focus on successes, not failures. 2011 is going to be the year I take care of me. I want to keep things as simple as possible. Not adding on worries or stresses over trying to stick to a resolution that's supposed to "help" me. I want to feel energized, not dragged down by "need tos" or "shoulds."
That didn't work too well for me. None of the things I'd hope to "work" on really happened. I sure didn't take care of me. Though I doubt the kidlets and animals would have too many complaints!

The truth is I'm goal-oriented. I like making lists and checking things off. I, gulp, need dates and deadlines to get things done. So in that vein, my resolutions goals for 2012 are:

1) Get more sleep during the week. (No going to bed past midnight!)

2) Eat healthier so the extra weight will come off. (I haven't stepped on the scale in two weeks so have no idea what this number is. And not sure I'd post it if I knew!)

3) Exercise. (I still can't do the stuff I love doing, but enough being down about that. I can do other stuff like walking. Three times a week. Chaos would love it!)

4) Read a book a week. (I failed miserably in my reading this past year due to lack of time. There were only a few months I read two or more books.)

5) Focus on the positive. (This is a big one with a teenager in the house who seems to have embraced negativity!)

6) Smile everyday. Laugh, too.

7) Tell someone I love them everyday.

8) Pray more.

9) Get organized. (This is going to be a long-term maybe by next New Year kind of thing. But it is a goal! A big one!)

Do you have any resolutions for the new year?

Before I forget...

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Virginia said...

I don't make resolutions because I don't stick with them. I am going to try to start exercising more and eating less to try to loose some weight. I think I have really picked up in the last few weeks.

Jane said...

Thanks, Melissa. I make the same resolutions about staying healthy and active and hopefully I'll be able to do that all year round in 2012.

Maria Zannini said...

I love your first resolution. :) I'm going to have to add that to mine.

Happy New Year, Melissa!

Brandy said...

Your goals are admirable! I never make resolutions anymore. They're too easy to brush off/break. I would like to take more time doing things I enjoy, like maybe finally take that photography class I've been wanting to take forever.

I wish you the absolute best on keeping your goals!

Dru said...

I don't make resolutions so I won't have any remorse when I don't keep up with them.

Good luck on your goals.