White Rabbit everyone! And happy new year!
Wow, the year really flew by, didn't it? Now everyone is turning over new leaves and making resolutions...
In my mind, New Year resolutions have always been ridicules. Nobody I have ever known has ever completed their resolutions. Why? Because most resolutions made are superficial and unobtainable. Most resolutions are only made to impress, not really to make a change.
Now, I’m not here to bash New Years or the resolutions that you may have made. I’m not trying to tell you that you shouldn't make resolutions! But I am here to say that, unless you are serious (and I mean REALLY serious) about the resolutions you make this year, and equally serious about DOING them, then you are only making a promise that you are not going to keep. You are setting yourself up for failure. You are going to let yourself down.
Making resolutions is simple. Fulfilling them is the complicated part. When you make your resolutions this year, take a step back and make sure that they are do-able. Resolutions don’t happen on their own. Be 100% absolutely, positively sure that you CAN do them this year. You don’t have a fairy godmother, so making wishes will get you nowhere. For example, losing 40 pounds is a very wishful idea for me. I have 5 brothers and sisters who have birthdays scattered throughout the year (not to mention a few friends who still invite me to theirs). There is ALWAYS cake and icecream. I am very well known for being a heifer. So, making a promise to myself that I am going to lose 40 pounds is… well… stupid. It isn’t going to happen unless I get super-duper serious…. and (click to tweet) I think I'm incapable of being that serious (unless someone is dying). I cannot be 100% certain that I will be able to lose that much weight AND keep it off all year long. However, committing to be more active and setting up a workout routine for myself IS believable. I can do that! So, instead of saying “I am going to lose weight this year” I can say “I am going to get more exercise this year”. This is doable. This is healthy. It has nothing to do with my crazy diet. And when I look back in my journal at the end of the year and see that I have been more active, I am going to feel GREAT about myself. I might even lose weight in the process (unless the kids all have chocolate cake for their birthdays. Then I’m doomed to be an apple forever.).
Another thing to keep in mind is to pace yourself. Don’t overwhelm yourself with a ton of resolutions! Just pick out 3 or 4 things MAX. Believe me, they look simple and innocent now when you make them, but as the year moves on, they will grow into hulking, scary monsters that you have no idea what to do with except kill them. NO KILLING OF RESOLUTIONS! That’s not healthy in any term of the word. So start SMALL and make them SIMPLE.
And one last thing: resolutions are not just for the New Year. They are for any time of year. If you mess up on one (if you end up killing the monster), just step back, take a breath, and make a new one… even if it is in October. If you complete a resolution, pat yourself on the back, have a party, and make a new one! Goals are always nice to have…. as long as you are working towards them, and not just staring wishfully at them.
Here are my 3 resolutions for this year:
Become Organized – Anyone who knows me knows that I am NOT an organized person. Well, let me tell you something: I’m sick of it. I am ready to be organized. Organized people know where things are at, know where things go, and don’t have to waste time looking for anything. Plus, they are mentally and psychologically healthier because everything is in order. I ay not be awarded as the most organized person by the end of the year, but I plan to be organized enough so that I can function properly and family members can find my stuff easily. I plan to stay organized all year long. It will be an ongoing thing. I will have to work hard at it. But I know it is possible and I WANT it. I also know that God is not a god of chaos. He IS order. He created order. He wants me to be organized. Because of that, I know that organization in my life is do-able.
Become Scheduled – Once organized, it will be easier (and will become important) for me to build a schedule. Scheduled people are like organized people: healthier and happier. They know, more or less, what they are doing and what to expect of themselves. They stay organized because they have a schedule. They have time to do the things they want to do because everything in their timeframe has its place and is organized. When one does not know what to do with the time given to them, then they end up wasting most of it. I am sick and TIRED of wasting time. I want to do more and fit more into my days. Becoming scheduled will help me do that. And it is do-able.
Learn 5 new songs on the Piano – I love playing piano. I used to play primarily by ear. Since 2010, when I lost most of my hearing after an accident, I have not played much piano. I have really lost touch with it (I’ve lost touch with a lot of things, but we won’t get into that right now…). I know that learning a new song always gives me an overwhelming sense of accomplishment, which makes me feel great. Also, playing the piano is good for my brain in so many ways. It is healthy. And it is do-able, even with my hearing loss. So it goes into my “resolutions”. If I only learn 5 new songs by the end of the year, I will feel accomplished.
I would make a resolution about having a garden, but I have learned that, in the panhandle of Oklahoma (where I live), it is better to wait for rain before starting a garden... otherwise, everything dies when your water well goes dry.
A better resolution to make would be to gather all three of the Lord of the Rings movies (extended versions) and all three of The Hobbit movies (extended versions) and have a one day LotR/Hobbit marathon! It would be so awesome! Over 12 hours of awesomeness! My eyeballs would fall out by the end of it....
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Author of the fantasy series, Tales of the Wovlen, Kathryn spends a great deal of time in the world of her imagination, having tea with fire breathing dragons, writing books on flying space ships, and practicing her mad scientist laugh with gusto. However, on occasion,she returns to this world just to play with her dog and blog about her fun.
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