It's not that I'm anti-resolution. I just hate that resolutions are used far too often to point out how we've failed in the previous year. Or to correct the multitude of ways in which we think we're inadequate. You know - 2010 will be the year that we'll finally get organized, lose 30 pounds, exercise every day, blog every day, accomplish world peace...... And on that note - why is it that these goals are almost always so grandiose and large? Forgive me, because those of you who know me well know that I'm not exactly the queen of moderation and restraint. But most people never make resolutions that cover the small & mundane - the things in life that are more truly achievable. I think that one should always dream big but after banging my head against the wall one-too-many times, I've finally banged into my head that my big dreams start with small steps.
I've also found that it's far too easy to use resolutions as a means to procrastinate the changes we want to make. It's far too easy to eat those cookies on Dec 10 when we tell ourselves that January 1 will be be here soon enough and that will be the time when we'll finally eat healthy. It's easy enough to say that I will hike more in 2010. But why wait until then?
2009 was a pretty fabulous year. I say that even though it's contained some very frustrating times and several heartbreaking losses. It's been a year with a lot of personal reflection and changes in direction. But it's also been a year where I rediscovered lost loves (writing!), met a whole crowd of fabulous people and got back to focusing on my strengths, not my weaknesses.
Now - without further ado, my resolutions for the New Year!
- I resolve to hike more.
- I resolve to meditate more to the sound of cats purring.
- I resolve to spend more time fishing.
- I resolve that when I'm referring to my muffin top, it will only be the ones I just baked.
- I resolve to make duck confit (thanks for the inspiration Anita!)
- I resolve to sing more at the top of my lungs.
- I resolve to squish my toes in ocean sand at least once this year.
- I resolve to worry less about the naysayers and listen more to my gut.
- I resolve to spend more time swinging with my husband.
- I resolve to tell more people that I resolved to spend more time swinging with my husband this year and not immediately clarify that by making sure they know I'm talking about swing dancing.
- I resolve to paint my toenails at least once a month.
- I resolve to wear kick ass bright red lipstick more often.
- I resolve to make 2010 the year of the Snickerdoodle.
- I resolve to shake my groove thing more often.
- I resolve to push the hot pepper pain threshold even further this year.
- I resolve to embrace myself more - be less worried about my weaknesses and more focuses on how to take advantage of my strengths.
- I resolve to watch more cheesy movies.
- I resolve to find ways to limit how my job zaps my creativity. I may have to deal with other people's pettiness but I don't have to get bogged down in their negativity.
- I resolve to quit getting frustrated with my lack of stellar picture taking and focus more on how far I've come!
- I resolve to get walls up in at least 75% of the rooms lacking them in my house this year - and then throw a huge blow-the-walls-back-down party to celebrate that!
- I resolve to make crackers. I have never made them and that is a travesty.
- I resolve to get my garlic planted this coming fall before Christmas.
- I resolve to write more - I discovered this summer how much I've missed it being a part of my life. And the more I write, the easier it is to write.
- I resolve to mack on my husband more - because the man is eminently smoochable!
- I resolve to show more restraint this year in my 2010 seed order.
- I also resolve not to kick my husband when he laughs at the above resolution. Maybe I'll just pinch him.
- I resolve to eat more duck fat.
Happy New Year everyone! May your best of 2009 be your worst of 2010!
PS - The reason this post is a day late is because I was busy hiking yesterday! May all my procrastination techniques this year be for such good reasons!