My Real Life

January 1, 2015

Twenty Wishes

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I don’t know…

Maybe as just about enter my 43rd year, it’s time for me to stop making resolutions, goals, wishes for the new year.

Or, maybe it’s just time for me to whittle down the list.

One of my author friends posted on FB, recently, that her only goal for the new year was to be more peaceful, and I gotta tell you, it sounds like a lovely, lovely goal.

Another posted that her goal for the new year was to not hold herself, or others, to impossible expectations.

Again, so lovely.

And yet…

I’m a lister.

A checker-offer.

A task-master.

I’m someone who is most satisfied when they are accomplishing a task, and the new year provides an excellent opportunity to come up with a bunch of tasks.

And yet…

So, let’s start by looking at my list of Twenty Wishes for 2014 and see where I wound up.

1. Take the family to DisneyWorld. This was #1 on the list in 2013 and 2014.  Didn’t happen in either year.  I’m feeling like I should just take it off the list, because the whole thing is daunting for a family of 6…financially, physically, etc.  But, I’m leaving it.  And trying to make it happen.
2. Participate in at least one random act of kindness per week.  Not going to go into too much detail about this one, but I’m feeling very good about this one.  In small ways, all year, I made sure I practiced what I preach to my kids.
3. Get weight down by 15 pounds AND KEEP IT THERE. Not 15, but a few, and still working on it.
4. Incorporate more vegetables into the family diet.  Ahahahahahaha.  That’s all I can say about that.
5. Make $1,000 by selling on eBay, consignment, etc.  Didn’t have the time, and just didn’t get to it.  I really would like to attempt this one, again.
6. Blog at least once a week. Well…I think we all know how this turned out.
7. Make home office neat, organized, and functional.  Kachow.  Success.  At least, my half of the office.
8. Read 50 books (and keep track!)  I got to 46, and considering my work schedule and home life, I feel really good about it.  I’m going to aim for 50 again in 2015.
9. Have one “No Spend Month.”  I still love this idea, but it just didn’t happen.
10. Have family photo taken.  Nope.  Although, I do love the photo of the kids from the Christmas card.
11. Really go through my closet and be ruthless with getting rid of what I don’t wear.  Didn’t get to this, but will probably keep it on the list for this year.
12. Play piano at least once a week. Some weeks were better than others, in this area.
13. Only eat out once a week, if at all.  We did great with this one.  In fact, Monkey Girl said, the other day, when my parents were taking us out to dinner when was the last time we ate out?  And none of us could remember.
14. Write in my journal more often.   I don’t believe I even wrote in in once.  That’s a shame.
15. Get published, again.  I barely even wrote, at all, much less writing for publication.
16. Re-edit my novel.  Nope.
17. Shred and pare down all of our files. Nope.
18. Entertain more.  Done.  And I loved it, and I hope to do more of it, again.
19. Spend more time outside.  Definitely did this, and it felt great.
20. Making it happen.  Some I did, some I didn’t, but there needs to be more making it happen in the new year.

So, stay tuned.  I’ll be making my new list, ideas, thoughts for the new year and sharing them with you, shortly.

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