Here it is, 2017! Welcome New Year! Some of us are really happy to see you. We don’t really want to talk too much behind her back, but last year was a little brutal towards some of us. We lost family, we lost artists we loved from our childhood and we got beaten up, well, a lot. But here you are! New Year! The days are already starting to get longer, the holiday stress is behind us (unless you count trying to get rid of the holiday food from your backside), seed catalogs are in our mailboxes and Resolutions are being made. Of course I have some, and I am really hoping this year I can keep a couple. Resolutions that is, not extra pounds. You know, past February when most resolutions get the boot. Last year, I had an easy one to keep, “Love More”. Oh it was what great resolutions are made of; it was lofty, elegant, vague and open ended. Heck, if I increased the “love” by just 0.5%, I have resolution success! That could mean 15 minutes one day of being nice to someone. Woohoo! We made it! Good job, pat on the back.
Well this year, I am adding a “plan” to my resolutions. This should make them more measurable outside the vague cloud of last year’s resolution. What do I have planned for this year? What fresh torture am I going to subject myself to? Starve and exercise until I am my high school weight? Get rid of all sweeteners? Or, (ick), go without all carbs? Nope, not this girl, not that dramatic. Instead I think I will try to get into better shape. Vague, right? That’s why I am adding the plan of a couch to 5k. Get rid of sweeteners? No thanks. I like sugar, and yes I know it’s terrible for me, but I don’t care. But I am going to get rid of sodas. I want to grow 100% of one of our vegetables that we eat. 100% of what we use for the entire year, and preserve it so we are eating our own vegetables in winter. I want to commit to writing more and growing my craft. If I wrote half as much as I talk, I could have three novels published by now. I want to put money into the savings, and I have a small amount already set aside each paycheck starting now. I want to organize the homestead endeavors better. And to keep up with the danged homestead binder this year. I want to pay off a student loan this year, and I have already worked it into the budget.
None of this seems that outrageous at this time. And with the exception of the couch to 5k, I’m pretty sure I can work towards those goals with 5 minutes a day to devote to them. We have changed some of what we do and how already, but I want to take what progress we’ve already made and build on it. We don’t change over night, and none of this will be easy every single day. We went to Lowe’s today to buy some goodies for the house and I asked Hubby if he wanted to split a soda. He was the wiser of the two of us and said no, we are sticking with this. But at least he’s in it with me. And as long as I can change my attitude, I can change anything.
Happy New Year! May your year be full of love and good food.