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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I typically make a resolution every New Year’s that I promptly bury in the deepest darkest corner of my closet on January 2nd (somewhere behind my size 9 high school jeans that I can’t let go of) ! This year I’ve really put a lot of thought into it though. I made a pretty big list & I’m hoping the extra thought and time will help me stick to it. I broke the list into three categories, My house, Me, & Others.

My house
Hubby & I bought this house about 7 years ago now. We live in the cheapest house in a relatively fancy neighborhood. There’s lots of keeping up w/ the Jone’s to be done. Really that was always the plan - find a shack, fix it up, live happily ever after. So, a shack is a bit of an overstatement (our house is actually just fine), and we’ve made several improvements over the years. It’s just not progressing as quickly as I’d like (story of my life). So I’ve got a list of 15 things I’d like to do to the house. All of which take more time and money than I have.

The me list is interesting and is all about self improvement. I’ve got a bunch of stuff on this list. The usual health/fitness suspects are there, but I’ve also got beautification, mental health, growth, and personality improvement stuff on the list too. Total list of 24 things- the same time/money issue applies too.

Others (as in for other people)
Perhaps this is a sad reflection of me, but I only have 4 things on my resolution list that aren’t all about me! I’m not sure how I feel about that. I like to think I’m a caring/giving person, but from this angle I look a bit shallow.
So that’s a total of 43 potential resolutions. Of course that’s ridiculous. So I limited myself to no more than 2 per category.

And the winners are….

Finish kitchen remodel (this is just embarrassing to even talk about, but there’s been a giant hole in my kitchen wall for at least year)
Landscape- I live on just under 3 acres. My front yard is sad, well for that matter so is the back. I’d like to at least get the front up to par.

I’ve decided that the get fit goals don’t count. Getting healthy is no longer a resolution- It’s part of my regular day to day. However, I am going to keep a personal fitness goal.
Century Ride- That’s 100 miles on my bike in a day. Very Scary!
Credit card debt free- I’m tired of paying interest to the man.

Others- I need to extend my network, share my blessings, and get more involved. By March I’d like to find a charity organization (or at least plan a calendar of events) to donate my time, skills, and other resources to.

So that’s it. That’s the plan. I think I can do it. I’m keeping the longer list too- maybe I’ll get to some of them, but I’m going focus on these 5. I’ll document my progress here – Just one more thing Spark will help keep me accountable to!

Happy New Year Everyone!!!!!
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    I agree with the rest of the people who responded to your blog. You are an awesome go getter. Once you set your mind to doing something you do it. Maybe on one of my vacation weeks the kids and I can come down there to give you a hand.

    You are a very wonderful and giving from the heart person; not selfish. In order for you to do something for others you have to focus on yourself first.
    3966 days ago
    Those are some great, well-rounded resolutions! Don't feel too bad about the home renovations...I think we are on year 3 of our kitchen renovation! And yard work is a good workout so you will be multi-tasking! Looks like you are going to have an awesome 2010! emoticon
    3967 days ago
    What a great attitude you've got! You will accomplish anything that you set your mind to! Stay positive & YOU WILL DO THIS! emoticon
    3967 days ago
    Those sound like great goals, and they're also easy to break down into smaller steps that you can check off on the way! I've seen how you are when you're determined, though, and I think there'll be no stopping you. I'm excited to hear how you progress through the year!

    3967 days ago
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