To be honest, we haven’t partied on New Year’s Eve in a long time. We’re lucky if we can manage to stay awake long enough to ring the big bell in our back yard at midnight. This year we’ll do pretty much what we always do. We’ll sit on the couch and wonder where the year went, sip a little sparkling wine and fall asleep by 12:30. Then on New Year’s day we’ll have ham, cornbread and blackeyed peas because it’s a proven fact that if you’re from the south, you must have cornbread and blackeyed peas on Jan. 1 or your year will suck. I swear. Ask anyone. I’m happy with the way we celebrate. It’s cheap, it’s easy and I don’t wake up with a headache.
Here we are, waiting for that magical moment when everything is new and all things are possible. I’m the one smiling. My husband is the one with the wicked gleam in his eyes.
I may not party but I do make resolutions. I just try not to make them too difficult to achieve. For years, my New Year’s Resolutions were nearly always the same. (a) Clean out my refrigerator. (b) Clean out my pantry. (c) Clean out my closet. I was guaranteed not to fail because at some point during the year, those three things would happen.
This year is different. Partly, because I completed resolutions a, b & c during the month of November. Mostly, because there are some things I HAVE to do and writing them down as New Year’s resolutions seems like a good way to get me headed in the right direction.
My first resolution isn’t unique, but it’s important. I need to get moving. Sitting on my butt in front of the computer all day does unattractive and unhealthy things to my body. I’m not going to run five miles a day. My right knee doesn’t care for high impact activities. But I used to work out at the gym faithfully three times a week and there’s no reason why I can’t do it again.
My second resolution is to get my
frigging incredibly wonderful and compelling novels completed, edited & on Amazon. Two are done. Two are almost done. And three more are on the back burner, waiting for my brain cells to turn up the heat. This year, it’s gonna happen because I’m not giving myself a choice.
$$$. Most of us would like to be millionaires. In fact, I’m fairly sure the only people who don’t want to be millionaires are billionaires. I really don’t need to be a millionaire. I’m relatively frugal. (My family might even say I’m cheap) I don’t feel the need to go out and buy a bunch of stuff, ’cause I already have a bunch of stuff. I would settle for having enough $$ socked away to feel financially secure. So, make more, spend less is the plan.
The All Important O. Ha! I’m probably not talking about what you think I’m talking about. I’m talking about organization. It doesn’t come naturally to me. I have to work at it. Since I’ve already cleaned and organized my pantry, refrigerator and closet, all I have left to do is everything else in my house. I’ll settle for organizing my work area and computer files. I spend way too much time searching for things which really cuts into my productivity.
Considering that my resolutions are get in shape, make more $$ and get organized, I’m not feeling very original. But there are other things on my list: Recognize opportunities when they come my way. Stay focused. Learn to say no, when I need to say no. Light papers every week. (Read my August post Life is What You Make It if you don’t know what lighting papers is. This is a clever way to get you to go through my archives.) Stay focused. Strive for serenity. Stay positive and reject negativity. Be kind. Stay focused. And most important–Be grateful for my family (they’re awesome), my friends (they’re also awesome) and my awesome fellow writers, bloggers, twitterers, facebookers, critique partners and others who reach out and touch the world in their own way, even when they’d rather sit on the couch and stare at the television in a semi-comatose trance. Oh, yeah. Find alternative words to awesome. It’s a perfectly good word, but I need a little more variety in my positive words vocabulary. If you have any suggestions, let me know.
So far, this post has pretty much been all about me. My original plan was to do a little surfing and find some clever New Year’s witticisms that weren’t all about me, to end it with. It turns out I didn’t have to search any further than my Facebook account. My stepdaughter who has both a big heart and giving spirit (I told you my family was awesome) posted this on her Facebook wall and I thought it said everything that needed saying.
I would like to wish each of my friends and family members a very Happy New Year. May God bless you all, may you find your passion, may there be someone in your life that loves you like you love them and may you never lose your zest for life. Make good memories….that really is all you leave behind after you are gone!!! Much love and gratitude….
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EACH & EVERYONE!!!
I’m nosey–What are your resolutions this year?