Saturday, January 4, 2014

Not Your Typical New Year Resolutions



For 2014 I decided to take a different approach to New Year's Resolutions.  Normally I would have LOSE WEIGHT at the top of the list.  Each year I disappoint myself as the scale rides the merry-go-round, chasing itself.






So instead of making a list of resolutions that will more than likely end up in disappointment I choose to make a list of things that will force me out of my comfort zone.  


1.  I am the most regimented person I know.  I never used to be like this, but over time I have become set-in-my-ways, and I don't like it.  In my youth I was very spontaneous and did many, wild and crazy things.  I'm sure you did too.  Considering I am middle-aged I realize there is a wonderful middle zone there somewhere.  I am determined to find it and make it mine.  

2.  Donating my excess "stuff" has always been easy for me.  The problem is I'm donating at the back door and then walking in the front door and buying someone else's excess "stuff. You have to understand that I LOVE "stuff".  Sifting through once loved items that have been discarded is sheer bliss for me.  My plan is that for every bag I donate I am allowed to purchase 1 item.

3 bags ready to go to Hospice Thrift Shop


3.  Over-analyzing my thoughts really holds hands with being more impulsive.  I have a tendency to roll something around in my mind until it dies of dizziness.  Acting on POSITIVE thoughts without stopping to consider the end result is my goal here.  


4.  Trying a new activity each month will broaden my horizons and take me away from the boring and usual.  For January, My Love and I will be visiting Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.  We will be attending a bamboo workshop to learn about bamboo and which collection will grow in our yard.   We then plan on purchasing cut-to-order bamboo to landscape our backyard.   




5.  Cooking is a chore that I enjoy.  Unfortunately once the boys flew the coop I stopped cooking every night.  In an attempt to eat more wholesome, healthful meals I have to begin preparing meals on most evenings.  I think this will be the easiest of the 5 resolutions for me to achieve.  
Let's get cooking!

I hope that by changing things up a bit, I will stay focused on positive growth of my person.

What are your resolutions for 2014?


15 comments:

  1. Barbara I love your New Year's Resolutions. I certainly can identify with the material stuff. As quickly as I de-clutter my wardrobe I am out shopping for replacements! I also have cooking more interesting and healthy meals on my list. I have a whole library of recipe books which never get used and I do enjoy cooking if I have time. Like a lot of busy women, time is the enemy! Maybe we should all be thinking of ways to get more spare time in our lives.

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    1. Hi Kathy, you are right about time being the enemy. It seems like I should have more time since my boys are grown, but I feel more pressed for time with less to account for. I think my time management skills have become rusty.

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  2. I also need to be more healthy haha! :)
    Doing something different once a month is something I need to do too!
    Have you seen my recent post COAT SEASON at lovefromsimmie.com ?
    Let me know what you think doll :)

    Stay beautiful xxx

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    1. Healthy is a goal we should all try to implement, tough as it is. ;)

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  3. These are all really great ideas! I love the idea of doing a new activity a month. I may have to copycat ya on some of these!

    www.jaimelovesstuff.com

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    1. I'm hoping that doing something new each month will open up new doors for me. I need to expand my world.

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    2. I think it's a fantastic idea! I need to expand mine, too! I've been so shut up and just need to get out there again and just take in some new ideas, cultures, people, food, crafts, etc. I love it!

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  4. I'll be interested to see what activities you are trying each month!!

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  5. These are great resolutions, Barbara. I don't typically make resolutions, although I am trying to add more fruits and vegetables to my diet - to mediocre success so far. But I did swear off Candy Crush and that is working - and it feels great. I need to eliminate time sucks in my life...

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    1. I know what you mean Dana, it can be difficult to live up to our expectations. So far I have cooked a meal each night. I'm really hopeful I can continue with that, it's so much better for us and our wallets.

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  6. I LOVE that 'tude... Flip it and reverse it! I feel like resolutions are like lent... I shouldn't have to give something up for a while, I should just try to improve in my "areas of potential improvement". :) The world and bad heels are hard enough as it is... :)
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    1. Thank you, yes I feel like this time I will succeed because rather than denying myself, I'm allowing myself.

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  7. Love #2! I was just telling someone earlier today that I love having things now that serve multiple purposes. It's crazy how much stuff we have. How are you doing on the trying new activities? I always want to do things like that, but I find those the hardest to keep. I think it is something about the time and planning. I get busy and forget. If you have tips, please share! ~Topaz

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    1. I have continued to donate so much "stuff" and it feels great. I have also stopped buying more "stuff". My home feels so much lighter! Honestly, I haven't been doing to well on trying 1 new activity each month. That has been difficult. My Love and I have different schedules at times and like you wrote it's hard to coordinate. We're trying, but it is way out of our comfort zone. Thanks for the reminder...

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