Happy New Year! It’s been six plus months since I’ve last blogged but who’s counting? I welcome 2014 with open arms. 2013 wasn’t the most favourable year for me and I’ve made it my obligation to make the best of this year – good or not so good.
Confession time: I never make New Year resolutions. I guess I’ve never gotten the point of making improbable promises to myself. I CHOOSE not to cage my year with pipeline dreams and girlish fancies. I CHOOSE not to be fixated on a world of dos and don’ts for 365 days. I CHOOSE not to lie to myself about working towards that Gisele Bündchen body then beat myself up 3 weeks in because I hadn’t started exercising and can’t seem to put down those Hershey’s bars. Instead, I CHOOSE to live each day as it comes. No worries. No deadlines. No frustrations.
On the contrary… I can think of at least 3 people in my circle of friends who have made resolutions and attempted or completed them. Which got me thinking… maybe, if I make a list of attainable tasks, err… resolutions; I can get them completed by year’s end.
The point of this post is to proclaim my willingness to attempt a list of not so firm decisions, that I promise not to conform to BUT use as a personal road map for the next
52 49 weeks or so.
A friend of mine shared a resolution list from laurenconrad.com on fb so I figured it was a good enough template. In no specific order here they are:
A bad habit I’m going to break: Playing with the back of my hair. How do I explain this? You know those quirky habits you only do when no one’s around? Like picking scabs, taking an unnecessary amount of food pictures, chewing yesterday’s gum and smelling your toes or pits
Well playing with my hair is similar to that. I would simply lightly twirl and tug at the back strands if my hair. It comforts me some how but it irks my husband to degrees beyond my comprehension.
A destination I’d like to visit: Honestly, I’d love to visit San Francisco this year. I keep hearing lovely things about the city, especially the food. On the other hand, Austin is approximately 143 miles away and it would take us roughly, 2hrs 15mins to get there on wheels. That seems more doable to me.
I’m going to work harder at: Blogging often. I would love to blog every week. *Psssht* Three times a week. On ah reals though, dat not happenin’. A more realistic expectation would be once every quarter but that doesn’t represent “I’m going to work harder at…” Unserious debate with myself led to the decision of blogging once a month.
A project I’d like to finish: Becoming fluent in Spanish. Hahahahahha. Ok. I’d like to be able to ask, “Where is the restroom?” or “Where can I find the nearest shopping mall?” or “Is this really chicken I’m eating?” And of course understand the responses. Survival questions and phrases are all I need really.
A class I’d like to take: Painting! I’ve always enjoyed painting as a child and my mom sent me to classes one summer. I’ve already checked out classes, costs and reviews. All that’s left is picking one and getting started.
I’d like to spend more time doing: Reading, meditating, studying the Word of God. I want to be close to God always. I want to know His desires and thoughts. I want to love Him more than life and seeking is the best way to always being near Him.
A food I want to eat more of: Sushi. OhMyGigaPet. My love for raw seafood may soon turn into an obsession if I don’t put it under manners.
I want to wear more: Smiles. Whenever I pass a stranger on the road, or casually pass someone at a store or even on days when my mood is worst than a two year old whose current frustration is not being able to devour the sticky, linty object he just found under the couch… I want to smile because it’s the universal way of saying hello. Plus its contagious… or so I’ve read.
We cannot become who we want to be by remaining who we are. – Max Depree.