This is the time of year when people start touting their new year's resolutions and they really mean it. With intent. The sad part is most people fail. I only know one person who has held true to a resolution for a full year. My former boss, Gerard, made reasonable resolutions. One year he decided to eat a "wafer thin sandwich" everyday for lunch while at work. It was rather easy to achieve. 2 pieces of white bread; mayonnaise; sometimes mustard; 2 pieces of Carl Buddig beef, ham, or turkey and a slice of American cheese. He achieved that goal. Another year he dedicated his resolution to taking a photo each day. It didn't matter if it was a bush covered by snow on his walk to work, his children smiling or a picture of his foot. He almost achieved it except for one day when he had the flu or sickness so bad that he thought he was going to die so he didn't follow through. In my mind, he made it. In his, he didn't. You decide....
Too many people set unrealistic goals. I am going to lose 70 pounds; wear the same size I wore in high school; quit drinking; quit smoking; eat healthier; blah, blah, blah. If you really want to do those things, just do it. Don't wait until some epic event to make you start.
This year I have resolved to set attainable goals. My goals are listed below. I think at this point there are more than are possible but I have another day to decide and wean out those that I don't will happen with certainty.
- Drink a beer at least once a week (This I can almost guarantee is possible unless the government enacts prohibition this year or the Coors Corporation ceases to exist.) I would say a beer a day but that would make me sound like an alcoholic.
- Smile more often--or actually smile at someone I don't know daily.
- Play the kinect and learn the dance to California Girls by Katie Perry so Anne and I can perform our flash mob we keep joking about.
- Be nicer to my family. Not just nod when they speak but actually be nice. Interact more even though I might be in a cruddy mood. Hug them more often and just "be". Live in the moment. I think this stems from the realization that the boys are growing up too fast and I already miss them in a younger form.
- Eat vegetarian one day a month. For some this is easy. I live with carnivores. This may be difficult. I can usually get away with it when the family is not around however they don't feel like they have been feed unless some type of animal winds up in their stomachs. I don't mean vegan either. I mean the fake vegetarian that can eat eggs and dairy products.
- Lose one pants size. Granted, I am one of those people who dreams of losing tons of weight but I am being practical. I might achieve this by solely playing Just Dance on the kinect on a daily basis. We shall see.
- One family involved activity every week. Mormon families do this already but mine kind of does a hodge-podge of whatever they feel like. Movies count as long as all 4 of us are together. Not just Alan and I watching it while Silas plays the iPod and/or Cody uses his laptop. This is the age of techie children. I know I shouldn't condone it but I do. Oh well.
- Write at least one post a month. That should be something I do. Just for me. Sometimes I feel selfish writing to no one in particular then I realize that I do it in my journal anyway or daydream for long amounts of time so why not. It might not be interesting to others but I am sure I can do this.
- Finish reading "Atlas Shrugged." I just started this week. It is so long the librarian asked me to report back to her when I finished. She said she heard it was good but its size alone intimidated her too much to attempt to read it.
- Do at least one load of laundry a week. Many may not believe this is a goal. It is for me. I hate laundry. I resent it. I can do my own laundry but I don't want to do it for others. In the next year I will do more laundry and possibly put it away instead of putting it in the clean basket on top of my dresser.
- Bring back a little more "Nikki" each day. I have just felt like I lost myself somewhere. If I keep looking maybe I can find me.
So that's what I have come up with to date. Not a huge list but enough to choose from and possibly even complete at 75%. Time will tell. As I write this, I am realizing how difficult it may be since my husband is already making comments about me actually writing to no one again. He thinks my blog is my boyfriend even though I have not posted in three months. Wait until he finds out I have started using "Pinterest." Maaaahaaahaaaa (evil laugh if you couldn't tell from reading that)
Happy 2012. May you too have achievable goals.