Wednesday, December 21, 2005

New Year's Resolutions

I don't usually make New Year's resolutions. I guess that I figure that I don't need one particular time of the year to think of ways to improve myself, but instead it should happen year round.

Now, that sounds like a reasonable and commendable course of action, but looking back on this year, I have changed my mind.

I feel like 2005 has been a difficult and trying year. I have had to deal with the fact that I am losing my job, that I will be moving next year (to a state that I've only visited for less than a week) and worst of all, that I have not been taking care of myself.

I have long ago forgotten the exercise routine that I hoped to maintain. I have ignored my body's various issues, including some nasty heartburn and other upper digestive problems. I forgot about taking baths to relax. I didn't take any classes to broaden my knowledge or abilities.

So, this January, which is right around the corner, I will make some resolutions. I will start my year on a truly positive note and work my hardest to stay there.

If you have been feeling depressed, worried, tired, or just down in general, I suggest you do the same. I am already looking forward to having new feelings of optimism and joy...and they await me, just 11 little days from now!

Oh, who am I kidding, the feelings are already here!

My 2006 Resolutions

1. Take classes or otherwise find ways to learn those things that I have been wanting to. I have already signed up for a beginner's machine sewing class and a hatha yoga class.

2. Find ways to make time for exercise, keeping in mind that it makes me feel better on the whole when I keep up with it.

3. Try to improve my communication with my husband and try to see things from his point of view. (Must remember, he is not a mindreader...ask him for help when I want it.)

4. Try to get my son ready for bed a little earlier so that we can read words from his lists or find places on his map of the world.

5. Find new ways to eat more vegetables.

6. Start shopping for Christmas earlier, so there is less stress later.

7. Use my sewing machine.

8. Buy a house.

9. Find a new (part-time, yay!) job that is FUN!

10. Pay off all of my debts.

11. Catch up on my scrapbooking.

12. Try different recipes that I would normally skip.

Let's see what you have on your list! Maybe they'll be similar, maybe they'll be totally different.

8 comments:

ilva said...

I don't dare to make a list but I'm with you Dawn. I'm going to start yoga as well (I have skipped excercising because I have been saving for a new camera but now, after Christmas...), I'll try to make more fun things that elevates my mind, I'll spend more time with my friends as well! and so on..
But where are you moving? and when? So you have to change the name of your blog...

Dawn said...

LOL! Yes, I had thought about that. I think that for simplicity, I may keep my name as So Cal Foodie and just put a message up that notes my relocation. We are moving to Colorado next year. I traveled out there this past 4th of July and took a look around. It is beautiful there and the people seem wonderful. I am really looking forward to a change in lifestyle...an improvement, more specifically!

Kristi said...

I don't usually make resolution lists either, but last year I mae one to get in shape, and I actually did it! Of course, if all goes well, that one will be totally out the window in a few months, but for the best reason possible. I think the one resolution I'll make is to try and be more grateful for the little things in life that I've spent the last two years overlooking. It's hard for me to see the forest through the trees, and that's something I really need to do.

Wow-So Cal to Colorado! I've never been there, but I've hear it's beautiful.

PS: I sent you an email, but thank you, once again, for the wonderful package. It made my day!

Dawn said...

Kristi, I'm glad that you got the package. I have been at work all day, and I am no longer able to check my email here...so I'll pick up your message when I get home.

farmgirl said...

Hi Dawn,
Wow. What a wonderful (and ambitious!) list of resolutions. And I bet you will love Colorado.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas. And thanks for helping to make Farmgirl Fare one of the most enjoyable things I have ever done. : )

paz said...

Great list! Wishing you all the best as you accomplish each and everyone of them.

Paz

kitchenmage said...

Big changes afoot for you this year. We did a big move last year and I'm really happy we did. We've made great friends and the social atmosphere is much nicer...now if I could get the writing work back up to speed, I'd be happy. When do you move?

Dawn said...

kitchenmage, yes this coming year will be another full one. We move (hopefully, keep your fingers crossed) at the beginning of July. My job ends here on June 30, and I hope to be ready to move simultaneously. We'll see how it all works out!! I am also hoping for a better social atmosphere and more of an emphasis on simple values. I'm glad to hear that it worked out well for you.