Every year we all make “resolutions” on January 1st with the best of intentions about how we are going to change our lives and improve ourselves. For most of this, resolutions are but a fleeting memory come February 1st. So this year I’ve decided to buck the trend and not make a single resolution, because who am I kidding not once that I can recall have I ever fulfilled a resolution made on New Year’s Day. It’s not that I’m not planning on making changes to my life but rather than making meaningless resolutions, I’m going to make some habit changes in my life.
So how does a habit change differ from a resolution? Well truthfully, it doesn’t, but it also means that there will be far less “guilt” when I stumble and more determination to get back on track. I’ll assess at the end of the year if this word play change was successful, if not than 2014 will see neither resolutions or habits marring the new year.
First habit change I’m making walking more. Before DH and I met, our oldest dog and I would walk a couple of miles a day, every day. It had several benefits. Wally, the dog, loved it and would be dragging me out the door when I otherwise wouldn’t have bothered. I loved it because slowly I lost weight without even realizing it. I also loved that walking every day let me read (aka listen) to books I otherwise wouldn’t have had time to read. I miss walking and I know Wally does too, and thus it is one habit I’m getting back into immediately. DH will either learn to join us with the younger dog, Sangria, or the dogs will have to learn to share walks with me on alternating days. And when it gets too hot here to walk, then I will be utilizing the treadmill instead.
Second change I’m making is writing more frequently. I have a half completed cookbook that I just need to sit down and finish. I also have the beginnings of a decent mystery novel if I would just sit down and work on it a little more consistently. The cookbook and the novel are very high on my list of priority completions for the first half of the year. I just need to suck it up and completely get over my phobia about working on those two items in front of DH. There is just something so intensely personal when it comes to writing those, as opposed to blogging which I can now do with him in the room without problem.
Third change is a two-parter. First is blog consolidation for personal blogs, this does not include Game Couples blog. If I can figure out how to make those formerly independent blogs go to their separate pages on this blog I would be thrilled. If not, then I will just have to come up with a system to distinguish one topic from another. This should be very easily accomplished and shouldn’t be a blip on the screen a week from now. The second part is to blog more frequently and by more frequently I mean several times a week. I’ve said this before but this time I’m making it happen. Writing is something I love and even if no one else ever reads these posts besides DH, I’m fine with that too.
Fourth habit is one that is hard to describe but makes perfect sense in my head, to feel more girly. I’m blessed with a DH who doesn’t care if I wear make-up or lacy lingerie and I’m glad. I don’t miss the daily war paint or the need to have lingerie just to entice him. I do miss taking a hour or two a week to do my nails and so 2013 will see a return of painted fingers and toes for me. Just that one simple change will go a long way to feeling more girly for me.
Last habit that is changing this year regards stitching. Once I get new glasses, god how I need new glasses for stitching, I am stitching multiple times a week. Yep it will cut into my gaming and reading free time but I have too many project I miss working on and I want completed. There is also the project I need to start and have completed in the next several years for my parents Fifth Wedding Anniversary. I already know it is going to take me several years to complete that one and thus now is the time to start since June will have them celebrate their 46th anniversary this year.
The list isn’t long as far as changes go but add them all up and over time cumulatively they will make a big impact on my life. DH and the flock remain my primary concern and will always come first. But, that doesn’t mean I have to only make their wants and needs my only goals. So, 2013 what exciting curve balls do you have planned to throw my way?