I have never been a fan of the concept of New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve always thought that they were a waste of time as well as being a hinderance to moving forward in the New Year. They seem to be something that just look back at us from a piece of paper and mock us. We always set resolutions for things we don’t have any control over or things that our hearts just aren’t in. We include them on our list because we think we should…because everyone else has included it or we want to impress someone.
I’ve always been more comfortable with the idea of a goal or an intention. Weight Watchers teaches the concept of clear, specific, achievable goals. I’ve been part of Weight Watchers so long, that I look at other goals in the same way.
Here in no particular order, is my list of goals for the New Year of 2012.
1. Journal Daily– This is something that I’ve tried to do every New Year’s Day for as long as I can remember. It always falls by the wayside. This time I started it last week. Attempting to make it Not related to the New Year, may help to make it more an everyday activity. I will do my best.
2. Start writing Morning Pages as described in The Artist’s Way-This is a discipline taught in the book. It requires you to write 3 pages daily-long hand, not on a computer. I will be starting this after my return from Florida. I’m not sure I’d be able to accomplish it while I’m away, so I’ll wait until I get back to New Jersey. Once it becomes a habit, it will be easier to achieve if I’m home or away.
3. Library Night-One night a week I will go to the library and work. I had been doing this for a while early in the year, but didn’t stick with it. As with everything, if you don’t stick with it, you fall out of the habit. Removed from distractions at home, I was able to write. No excuses. I will start this. I may vary the night or decide on a specific night. We’ll see how this works. This is also likely to start after my return from Florida.
4. Exercise More– This is really not specific enough. For a long time I’ve done 30 minutes each morning on my exercise bike. It’s good exercise, I can’t use the weather as an excuse not to do it and because I do it early, the house is quiet and I can read while I exercise. The time goes quickly. I may extend the time, but I do need to get more different types of exercise. I will work on that.
5. Read More-It’s funny that when I had less time, I read more. When I was working, I had pockets of time which I filled with reading. I found audio books to make the most of a long commute-I miss them. I had time when I would get into my office before I was allowed to clock in. I would read. I need to establish pockets of time now. Turn Off The TV and READ! I’m setting a goal of 1 book per month. If I work hard, I can do better than that and believe me, I’m going to work hard at this.
6. Work On Making BCDC Better and Better-I have ideas of how to improve the site. I want to revamp parts of it. I keep trying to learn how to make it more interesting and user-friendly. I have enjoyed writing BCDC so much and I truly appreciate all of you who read and comment and follow me. It is one of the most enjoyable and enlightening things I’ve ever done.
7. Help Ralph Achieve Something He’s Dreamed of for A Long Time– I can’t explain this in more detail at the moment, but it’s something we will be working to accomplish this year.
8. Improve As A Photographer-I have always loved photography. I never imagined that I would be doing something that required me to use photography on a daily basis. I have to get better at it. I recently gained custody of Ralph’s camera which will allow me to take better pictures than the camera I’ve been using. I don’t know much about it yet, but today I was able to find a manual for it online (Bless The Internet!) I’ll be studying that to understand the workings of the camera. I’m excited about this.
9. Do All I Can To Clear Out Our Houses-Ralph and I are two people with a lot of STUFF. In order for us to prepare for our move, we need to go through these things and reduce what we have. As we move in to spring, I hope to have several yard sales in order to turn this stuff into some cash.
10. MOVE TO NEW MEXICO– This is in capital letters because it needs to be. This is my focus and my goal. I would like to be there by this time next year. It can happen if Ralph and I work together. It is my fondest wish and my biggest goal for 2012.
I’ll discuss these points more as the year progresses. I feel that they are all achievable goals. I feel very optimistic about them. A new year is an exciting thing to have before me. I hope to make the most of it.
Happy New Year!!