Entries categorized "I Resolve To . . . 2010"

I Resolve To® . . . Make 'Patience' One Of My 2011 Resolution Themes! - Day 339

SimonToothbrushDecember5 

Patience is virtue that I intend to cultivate to a much larger degree in 2011, whether with my naughty, naughty kittens, or with work and creative projects that seem to creep forward like the flow of ketchup from a brand new bottle . . . sloowwly.  Patience is potentially one, among several, 'themes' for 2011 - one word centerpieces around which I will build my daily plans.  I had such wonderful success with my 'gratitude theme' that launched in 2008 and continues today.  I want to continue to focus on both broad themes, as well as specific 'Daily Resolves', as they complement one another so well.  Gratitude is now a permanent theme in my life, thanks to I Resolve To . . . I continue to show gratitude for all that I have and all that I am by 'giving back' with 'Daily Resolves' in three important ways:  Contributing time and money for a breast cancer cure (by walking 60 miles and raising money, or volunteering for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure 3-Day Walk in Washington, DC), working to protect the environment, and engaging in  premeditated acts of kindness. 

It is my tradition to begin mulling my resolutions for the New Year in September when the kids head back to school.  I have been thinking and plotting and planning for several months and am very excited about the coming New Year and the blank slate that it will bring.  While I have not had the luxury of devoting large chunks of time to posting at I Resolve To . . . (the blog) in the second half of 2010 (as I normally do), I have been taking small daily steps toward my dreams, goals and and resolutions.  An expansion in my primary business, as well as 'change' in other areas of my life, made it impossible to show up here every day.  That said, work on my dreams and resolutions continued, and I will get caught up and post all of my resolution-photos for the year.  Setting aside my beloved creative projects (and some of my dreams) was very difficult, but very necessary as I needed to 'grow' other areas of my life.  I am so happy to be back!

With all of this in mind, I intend to begin cultivating more patience with the kittens, even when they have gnawed through my very last nerve!  I will 'Gently Urge Simon To Stop Using My Toothbrush' (I gave him his own!), as part of my Second Annual I Resolve To . . . Challenge:  365 Resolutions For Health & Happiness.  Why not join me?  The objective is very simple:  Do at least one thing each and every day to promote health and happiness for 'YOU'.  Banish the 'Someday, Someday, Someday Syndrome'.  Instead, make every day New Year's Day.  Make every day count with 'daily resolves'.  The list of possibilities is infinite and can be tailored to your own dreams, resolutions and daily goals.  If you need some help - a little nudge, a bit of inspiration, tips, advice, and news about the best ways to make resolutions a reality - please use IResolveTo.Com as one of your resources.  To see my personal 'Health & Happiness Tapestry', click through my 2009-2010 Photo-Resolutions, each one documents my journey toward greater health and happiness!  Resolve365 in 2010.

Remember:  I Resolve To . . . Achieve My New Year Resolutions, One Resolution, One Day At A Time For One Year.  It's your choice.  Do it today. Turn your resolution into reality in five simple, common sense steps:  Dare To Dream, Decide, Define, Develop A Plan, and Do It Daily. Make your resolution a permanent Lifetime Resolution, something that's with you for good!  Above all, Be A Resolutionista, someone who makes resolutions, keeps resolutions, and enjoys the journey!  Let's Go For It!

Need More Inspiration?  Wear Your Resolution By Visiting The I Resolve To . . . Shop At CafePress:  IResolve To . . . Resolutionista Gear And By Joining The Official I Resolve To . . . Group At Gather.Com.   Get going on your 2010 New Year Resolutions with the I Resolve To . . . Worksheet & Promise.  View my 2009-2010 Health & Happiness Tapestry by clicking through Daily Resolve Photo-Resolutions.

 

Kim M. Simpson - December 5, 2010
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I Resolve To® . . . Pump New Energy Into My Dreams, Resolutions & Goals! - Day 251

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I like to think of every day as New Year's Day - a new blank page on which I can write my life story.  Equally important, each new day offers a new opportunity to take small, concrete steps toward my dreams.  Those steps add up to big results over the long haul.  The change of seasons, holidays, birthdays, and other calendar milestones are wonderful signposts that mark my journey toward eventual success via those small daily steps.  

Personally, I am looking forward to colorful Fall leaves, crisp temperatures - and 'yes', I have invested in a bushel full of new notebooks that I will fill, page-by-page, in coming months.  I believe in building and revising plans and time lines, and I am dedicated to recording my victories and brainstorming around obstacles - on paper each and every day.  I love to journal and make lists.  Turning 'To Do's' into 'Ta Da's' on paper is both fund and rewarding - ranks up there with posting foil stars on my calendar every time I exercise (a longtime habit that helps me track my work outs).  Writing things down keeps me accountable.  The start of the new school year is simply a new juncture in this journey that fills me with enthusiasm and motivation.

I intend to 'Make Back To School Resolutions', as part of my Second Annual I Resolve To . . . Challenge:  365 Resolutions For Health & Happiness.  Why not join me?  The objective is very simple:  Do at least one thing each and every day to promote health and happiness for 'YOU'.  Banish the 'Someday, Someday, Someday Syndrome'.  Instead, make every day New Year's Day.  Make every day count with 'daily resolves'.  The list of possibilities is infinite and can be tailored to your own dreams, resolutions and daily goals.  If you need some help - a little nudge, a bit of inspiration, tips, advice, and news about the best ways to make resolutions a reality - please use IResolveTo.Com as one of your resources.  To see my personal 'Health & Happiness Tapestry', click through my 2009-2010 Photo-Resolutions, each one documents my journey toward greater health and happiness!  Resolve365 in 2010.

Why not brainstorm a list of wonderful 'Daily Resolves' of your own?  Here are a few of mine that are sure to promote health and happiness through the end of 2010:

  1. I Resolve To . . . Pick pumpkins.
  2. I Resolve To . . . Smile at strangers.
  3. I Resolve To . . . Hit the local Farmers Market.
  4. I Resolve To . . . Enjoy a weekend with old friends.
  5. I Resolve To . . . Make time to meditate, stretch & do Yoga.
  6. I Resolve To . . . Take my daily vitamins, including Vitamin 'D'.
  7. I Resolve To . . . Take long walks through my favorite neighborhoods.
  8. I Resolve To . . . Spend lots of quality time on my favorite creative projects.  
  9. I Resolve To . . . Visit my favorite beach & walk barefoot through sand and surf.
  10. I Resolve To . . . Get plenty of sleep, hydrate, eat fruits and veggies, and make time to relax.

Remember:  I Resolve To . . . Achieve My New Year Resolutions, One Resolution, One Day At A Time For One Year.  It's your choice.  Do it today. Turn your resolution into reality in five simple, common sense steps:  Dare To Dream, Decide, Define, Develop A Plan, and Do It Daily. Make your resolution a permanent Lifetime Resolution, something that's with you for good!  Above all, Be A Resolutionista, someone who makes resolutions, keeps resolutions, and enjoys the journey!  Let's Go For It!

Need More Inspiration?  Wear Your Resolution By Visiting The I Resolve To . . . Shop At CafePress:  IResolve To . . . Resolutionista Gear And By Joining The Official I Resolve To . . . Group At Gather.Com.   Get going on your 2010 New Year Resolutions with the I Resolve To . . . Worksheet & Promise.  View my 2009-2010 Health & Happiness Tapestry by clicking through Daily Resolve Photo-Resolutions.

Kim M. Simpson - September 8, 2010
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I Resolve To® . . . Routinely Reach For Healthy Snacks! - Day 249

PistachiosSeptember6 
This summer I was overcome by a craving for a snack that I adored as a kid:  Pistachios.  I loved carting them along on road trip vacations (in a tin coffee can) with my family.   So, I ran to the store and bought a big bag of these tasty treats that brought back found memories.  Even better, they are chock full of nutrition:  fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals like B6 and Potassium.  What's not to love about that?  Yep, I did my homework.  I was curious about the health benefits - I tend to do a lot of nutrition research because improved eating habits is one of my top resolutions.  I found a great website, PistachioHealth.Com, that is full of interesting facts about Pistachios.  I'm glad I did my homework because I also learned that Pistachios are lower in fat content compared to other nuts and a one ounce serving is about 160 calories.  Made me feel good about satisfying this particular craving.

With that in mind, I intend to 'Snack On Pistachios', as part of my Second Annual I Resolve To . . . Challenge:  365 Resolutions For Health & Happiness.  Why not join me?  The objective is very simple:  Do at least one thing each and every day to promote health and happiness for 'YOU'.  Banish the 'Someday, Someday, Someday Syndrome'.  Instead, make every day New Year's Day.  Make every day count with 'daily resolves'.  The list of possibilities is infinite and can be tailored to your own dreams, resolutions and daily goals.  If you need some help - a little nudge, a bit of inspiration, tips, advice, and news about the best ways to make resolutions a reality - please use IResolveTo.Com as one of your resources.  To see my personal 'Health & Happiness Tapestry', click through my 2009-2010 Photo-Resolutions, each one documents my journey toward greater health and happiness!  Resolve365 in 2010.

Remember:  I Resolve To . . . Achieve My New Year Resolutions, One Resolution, One Day At A Time For One Year.  It's your choice.  Do it today. Turn your resolution into reality in five simple, common sense steps:  Dare To Dream, Decide, Define, Develop A Plan, and Do It Daily. Make your resolution a permanent Lifetime Resolution, something that's with you for good!  Above all, Be A Resolutionista, someone who makes resolutions, keeps resolutions, and enjoys the journey!  Let's Go For It!

Need More Inspiration?  Wear Your Resolution By Visiting The I Resolve To . . . Shop At CafePress:  IResolve To . . . Resolutionista Gear And By Joining The Official I Resolve To . . . Group At Gather.Com.   Get going on your 2010 New Year Resolutions with the I Resolve To . . . Worksheet & Promise.  View my 2009-2010 Health & Happiness Tapestry by clicking through Daily Resolve Photo-Resolutions.

Kim M. Simpson - September 6, 2010
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I Resolve To® . . . Maintain A Common Sense 'Lifelong' Exercise Program! - Day 243

RegularBreaksExerciseAugust31 
Exercise is one of my top priorities.  Exercise also is original purpose for I Resolve To®. . . In 2005 I did a mini one-year case study about my resolution to exercise daily.  I created a plan for the year that enabled me to exercise regularly in a variety of ways ranging from swimming to biking and gardening (variety is an important motivator - lots of different kinds of exercise helped to keep me on track with my goals).  The first year of my resolution challenge, I exercised 80% of the year.  I am proud of that record because it continues today.  I try to schedule exercise three to six days each week, always keeping in mind good nutrition for my work outs, proper hydration and regular breaks during stremuous work outs. 

I recently have been reviewing some of my early posts on my original blog that hosted my resolution study, acreativelife.com, and was happy to see that I continue to be on track with my stated purpose and mission for I Resolve To®. .  It has been fun to review each new approach that I took - approaches that ranged from studying my exercise habits to making gratitude and giving back a priority - and most recently building a photo-resolution tapestry (Daily Resolves) in the I Resolve To®. . . Challenge:  365 Resolutions For Health And Happiness.

Here is where it all began, the early years - excerpt from January 2, 2006

Like last year, my 2006 resolution is to exercise for at least 30-minutes each day.  I succeeded in exercising about 80% of the time and am proud of that record!  If I averaged all the hours I actually devoted I'm sure I surpassed the 30-minutes daily goal.  I often work in the yard for seven or eight hours at a stretch (then hop in the pool for 30-minutes of laps); and other days I'll exercise for 60-minutes or more biking, weight lifting, playing tennis etc.  So 2005 was a good year.  That's the wonderful thing about New Year Resolutions.  A wonderful feeling of satisfaction comes along with the sweat equity.  And in this case, since my resolution was to exercise regularly, I ended the year feeling healthy and toned.

In 2006, I want to expand that effort.  This winter my focus is my bike and Total Gym, along with trips to Sport and Health (I joined in the Fall mainly to use the pool until Spring when I open my own pool).  I also plan to utilize Sport and Health's classes (especially Yoga), weight machines, and exercise equipment.  In April I'll begin to move outdoors again, thank goodness.  I do at least 30 minutes of laps each day during the warm months.  Along with weekend yardwork, outdoor biking, walking, tennis, stretching/meditation, it's a great, well-rounded program.  It gives me a lot of options and keeps me interested. There's no reason to get bored or overwhelmed.  It's pretty straighforward because I defined my goal and am constantly working on my exercise plan. Most of the time, if I miss a work out the culprit is work, not lack of motivation to exercise.  Can't do much about that, just acknowledge it and plan for the next work out.

I've learned from experience, the key in sticking with a New Year Resolution is to pick a goal that is realistic and is something about which you have great passion.  Something that you think about a lot, something that you would really love to achieve.  That's half the battle: opening your mind and daring to dream - believing in your dream and your ability to achieve it.  Making a long list of 'stuff' that you would like to change about your life is a sure way to set yourself up for failure.  You create the list on January 1 and discard it by January 2, becaue it's unrealistic and you're not committed.  You end up feeling like a loser because you can't stick with the program.

That's the key:  there is no program when you 'draw up a list of stuff' on January One.  If you want to achieve any goal, or New Year Resolution, you need a plan and you need to be committed.  Consider the following steps - they work for me everytime:

  1. Dare To Dream:  Open your mind to the possibility that you will achieve your dream.
  2. Decide:  Make a decision that 2006 is the year that you will pursue your dream.  Don't procrastinate.  Do it today.
  3. Define:  Define specifically, in one sentence, what you plan to achieve (a goal that is measurable and can be achieved with specific deadlines in one year).
  4. Develop a Plan:  Start by thinking small, one day at a time; eventually your plan can be divided into a weekly, monthly, quarterly timeline with specific tasks, deadlines and measureable results.
  5. Do It Daily:  Spend 30-to-60-minutes each day on your goal, for one year - another key to success.

It's not easy, but it will be worth it on December 31, 2006, when you say to yourself:  "I did it!  I achieved my dream (or moved it many steps closer to becoming a reality, depending on the complexity of your dream).  Think about it.  Let's 'got for it'!"

With this history in mind, I intend to 'Take Breaks During Strenuous Exercise', as part of my Second Annual I Resolve To . . . Challenge:  365 Resolutions For Health & Happiness.  Why not join me?  The objective is very simple:  Do at least one thing each and every day to promote health and happiness for 'YOU'.  Banish the 'Someday, Someday, Someday Syndrome'.  Instead, make every day New Year's Day.  Make every day count with 'daily resolves'.  The list of possibilities is infinite and can be tailored to your own dreams, resolutions and daily goals.  If you need some help - a little nudge, a bit of inspiration, tips, advice, and news about the best ways to make resolutions a reality - please use IResolveTo.Com as one of your resources.  To see my personal 'Health & Happiness Tapestry', click through my 2009-2010 Photo-Resolutions, each one documents my journey toward greater health and happiness!  Resolve365 in 2010.

Remember:  I Resolve To . . . Achieve My New Year Resolutions, One Resolution, One Day At A Time For One Year.  It's your choice.  Do it today. Turn your resolution into reality in five simple, common sense steps:  Dare To Dream, Decide, Define, Develop A Plan, and Do It Daily. Make your resolution a permanent Lifetime Resolution, something that's with you for good!  Above all, Be A Resolutionista, someone who makes resolutions, keeps resolutions, and enjoys the journey!  Let's Go For It!

Need More Inspiration?  Wear Your Resolution By Visiting The I Resolve To . . . Shop At CafePress:  IResolve To . . . Resolutionista Gear And By Joining The Official I Resolve To . . . Group At Gather.Com.   Get going on your 2010 New Year Resolutions with the I Resolve To . . . Worksheet & Promise.  View my 2009-2010 Health & Happiness Tapestry by clicking through Daily Resolve Photo-Resolutions.

Kim M. Simpson - August 31, 2010
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