“New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” ~Mark Twain
Ah the beginning of the year. I love new beginnings. The beginning of a new journal, the beginning of a new Moleskine Planner. It’s a new start, a fresh start. I’ve had many of these fresh starts in my lifetime. So far the beginning of this new year has been eh for me. Let’s recap what’s happened thus far, shall we?
I’ve lost something valuable in my house that I am agonizingly searching for with frantic energy.
This last thursday I was pumping gas for Miz’ Nola at the local Safeway gas station. Slipped on the slippery concrete, tripped over the hose, and came crashing down on my chin, which promptly split wide open and proceeded to bleed everywhere. Which then led to 4 hours in the ER and 5 stitches and a horrid pain in the jaw and lots of Vicadin and having to take 3 days off work. Yeah. Super.
So that’s been my year so far. The beginning of last year? I lost my job of 9 years. Hmmmm. Maybe I’m not so good at beginnings after all. Amidst all the curfuffel, I was wondering if I should attempt to make some New Year’s resolutions, as one typically does this time of year. And then I was thinking perhaps that is just setting oneself up for disappointment. Well anyways. I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to has some goals in mind for this coming year. So, after much consideration, here they are. A bit scattered, but resolutions nonetheless. (I must add, all photos of this here post are stolen from flikr.com. I simply entered the resolution in the search field and chose the best ones. It was fun.)
1. BE HEALTHIER …… I really would like to lose some weight. There, I said it. I need to lose some weight. So for starters I am going to take on the Body and Soul Challenge, which I stumbled across at Wholeliving.com. It’s a detox of sorts, which is probably what I need right now. But not the sort of detox where you only eat grapefruit for a week. It’s one that I can handle. You eat food, just the detoxifying sort. Care to join me? I’m starting on monday. We could do it together! Such fun!
2. EXERCISE … JOIN A GYM… which of course means I have to face all my gym phobias. (Perhaps my 2nd resolve should have been to go back to therapy.) But something has to be done. I’m not getting any younger, you know. And I’m certainly not disciplined enough to exercise at home, that we know. Plus I have a crazy friend, Mitch, that goes to the same gym and I know would nag me into going.
3. CREATE A SQUARE FOOT GARDEN. It’s easy. Supposedly. (We shall see. We shall see.) All I know is I wish to grow more than a few cabbages, 4 peas, and 2 zucchini, which is basically all I grew last year. Indeed.
4. DEEEeeeeeeCLUTTER! Oh lordy, do I ever need to. I have a lifetime worth of crap scattered here and there. Every drawer, every closet is bursting with things I don’t use or need it seems. Goodwill, Value Village, EBay, and Craigslist, here we come. A super simplified year awaits me.
I am keeping this list of resolutions short, as you can see. I can only focus on a few things at once. We’ll see how I do. I’m sure you’ll be privy to the updates of all my progress and non-progress. Cheers!