Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!!

A new year. A blank slate. A fresh start.

I love the start of a new year. So many possibilities and such a sense of release from old burdens. If I didn't reach some goals last year, well, that's last year. This year holds a fresh hope. :-)

So what are my resolutions for the coming year? Only three. I know what I can handle, and I don't want to dilute my efforts by trying to focus on too many things.

Resolution number 1 - Scrapbook 5 years worth.

This one is getting kind of old. But it is important. I want to do it. My resolution within a resolution is that if I have not found the next two years of photos by May 1, then I must leave it and go on. I don't want to because these two years include the birth of Miss Adventure. Add upon that how OCD I can be. I do *NOT* want to go out of order. It will be very difficult for me to move on without completing the missing two years. But I *can* go back if I ever do find them. It would be worse to just stop. There it is.

Resolution number 2 - Lose 20 pounds.

My second resolution is generally health related, but I've resisted actually putting a number down for weight loss. However, I managed 20 pounds last year; I can manage another. A couple of things I have learned. Exercise makes you fit, diet makes you slim. At least for me. I really haven't found a life habit that works for me yet. I will keep searching. I did find a couple of things that have helped. I have switched from my loved Dr. Pepper to Mexican Coke. Cane sugar versus HFCS (high fructose corn syrup). It has been easier to cut back on the amounts of soda I consume after switching. Plus right after the switch, I finally began losing some weight. Not sure how I'm going to do it, but I have a couple more things to try. And there's always what has been effective, but unpleasant. Skipping supper. Going to bed hungry is not fun, but it seems to help if I start plateauing again. (And I have been steady for about two months now, time to bust a plateau.)

Resolution number 3 - Declutter

I usually like to make my third resolution focused on family, but this next year is full of uncertainty. The geologist is currently taking some soils classes to prepare for employment by the USDA. Don't know where he'll end up after May. He also is in a relationship with a really great woman. Where might that lead? The chemist graduates in May and will be job hunting. Where will she end up? How long will she be at home here? Too much uncertainty to plan for the year. I do have plans for a few adventures, but nothing set in stone.

However, the past couple of months I have been able to clear out a couple of "piles." I'm working on another couple of "piles" right now. Finally, for the first time since we moved, I'm making progress on sorting, clearing, organizing, and tossing some things that were just stuck in a spot "for now." A now that has lasted far too long. I won't bore you with my specific plan, but this week I am formulating a plan of attack. I am almost giddy with the thought of ridding myself of the burden of too much stuff. :-)

Peace out, happy new year, and don't forget -
Kindness Matters. 

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