Many of us look at the New Year as a clean slate, a start over. We make promises to ourselves regarding the way we are going to better our lives, whether it be through diet and exercise, work related or just trying to be a better person.
Here’s a list of My New Year’s Resolutions (or Tall Tales, as I like to call them)
1- Be more financially responsible.
One click shopping at Amazon has been my downfall. I also tend to let the bills pile up until they’re a nightmare to manage. I rarely balance my checkbook. I really should work on that… after all the after Christmas sales, of course. Then again, isn’t January known for “White Sales’? I could always use more towels.
2- I’m going to eat healthy.
After I finish all the cookies, chips and candy in the house. Don’t want to throw money in the trash, wouldn’t be ‘financially responsible’ (See Resolution #1). I think there are a few microwave pizzas in the freezer too. Can’t waste that… it wouldn’t be frugal. Besides, pizza covers all the major food groups, if you work the food group system. If I try hard enough, I’m betting I could maneuver cheesecake on to the healthy diet side too. I’m pretty sure I can manipulate any food to the healthy side…Resolution #2 may be moot.
3- I’m going to exercise six days a week.
Hmmm…that could cut into my naptime on the weekends. There’s no way in hell I’m giving that up. Okay, okay… I’ll only exercise on week days. Then again, I should rest my muscles too. I’ve read that’s very important. Don’t want to injure myself. Maybe I’ll exercise three days a week. Two sounds even better.
4-I’ll be less cynical.
Bwahhh… yeah, right.
5- I’m going to be more social. Reconnect with old friends.
No I won’t. There’s a reason why I stopped contact in the first place. Most of my ‘old friends’ annoyed the crap out of me. Anyway it’s just more obligations, parties to attend, Girl Scout cookies to purchase, Christmas cards I’ll have to write out in December. Scratch this idea.
6- I’m going to organize my life.
The more likely scenario is I’ll buy more crap and add it to the pile, or hide stuff in the closets and create another junk draw.
7- I’m going to keep up with my gardening. Weed a little bit every day.
Until the first mosquito bites me, then screw it, I’m done.
8- I’m going to drink less wine.
It’s okay, I’m laughing at that one too.
9- I’m going to stop wasting my valuable time on stupid facebook games.
As soon as I win Candy Crush…I swear.
Chances are these tall tale resolutions will fade into memory by January 15th. But there are some truths I will carryover to 2014.
I will forgive myself…
For not being the perfect parent… but always loving my children with all my heart and soul and doing the best I can for them.
For not being the perfect wife… but loving my husband, who I don’t expect to be perfect in return. We are fiercely loyal to each other. We laugh together. We cry together. When one is down, the other holds them up. We love each other. Simple. That’s really all we need.
For feeling like I failed… when at least I tried.
For not finishing my book this year. You can’t predict life’s bumps… but you can weather the storm and come out the other side. My husband told me when I was eighteen I mentioned that I thought it would be interesting to write a book. I don’t remember that conversation. He was the person who told me to write it. He has so much faith in me, he gives me faith. So I’ll open up that Word document and let the story flow again.
I wish you all a Happy and Healthy 2014.
Peace to All,