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.