Entries categorized "I Resolve To . . . 2006"

Resolutions - Day 358

Merry Christmas (Eve)!  It's a gorgeous, sunny day. No snow where I'm at, but that's okay, I'll take the mild weather any day over snow and sleet.  I've been really looking forward to the end of the year, a time when I can kick back and relax just a bit - and a time when I have more of an opportunity to enjoy friends and family. 

Throughout the year, I try not to take things for granted - but today in particular I'm counting my each and every one of my blessings and am looking forward to 2007 with great optimism and hope. I believe 2007 is going to be a terrific year.  To the friends who drop by my blog, I send best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year.  As for me, for now, time to head to a family gathering - better 'get to it'!

New Year Resolutions - A Leap Of Faith

"Just think, if you pursue one dream each year, those achevements will be with you for your entire life.  You'll end up with a long list of New Year Resolutions that you 'MADE AND KEPT', instead of a drawer full Resolutions that never saw the light of day because they were unrealistic and ill-conceived.  And because you raised the bar so high, you never gave yourself a chance to grow and learn enough to actually make the big leap over it!"

Kim M. Simpson - December 14, 2007
Copyright I Resolve To * All Rights Reserved

Resolutions - Day 352

What a gorgeous, sunny, mild day!  It's such a gift to have days like this in December.  Are you enjoying the holiday season as much as I am?  As you can see I'm back at it with my blogs after a much needed break this fall.  I'm so happy to be working on my writing, photography and exercise projects on a daily basis again.  I missed being here, and I missed working on the things about which I'm so passionate. 

I'm really anticipating the new year with optimism - I'm so looking forward to moving my dreams forward in 2007.  And of course I have a new resolution for 2007, a year-long project that is true to my belief that you can achieve your dreams and resolutions if open your mind, dare to dream, decide to go for it, define the 'it', develop a plan, and do it daily.  One resolution, one day at a time for one year is my motto. 

Everything that I've read in recent years suggests that people are generally giving up on making New Year resolutions.  I'm not surprised, folks are 'busy'.   A long list of things that you feel you should 'change' about yourself can be daunting and overwhelming.  Tiring, in fact.  It's a tired idea.  If it worked people would still be making and keeping their resolutions.

I'm not advocating that folks give up on self improvement.  Actually, just the opposite.  I believe a person will achieve more if he/she is focused on making just one improvement at a time.  Or learning just one new thing.  Or taking on just one new hobby.  You get the gist.  Typically the act of 'change', developing a new 'habit', or 'achieving a cherished dream' isn't something that happens overnight.  It takes time and hard work.  Days, months, sometimes years, but if it's something you truly want to achieve, you make the time, do the work.

This year, if you're like me - and you want to be true to yourself, your desire to achieve your dreams - you'll give yourself a gift.  You'll lower the bar just a little.  Forget about the list of 10 resolutions. Make just one.  It doesn't mean you won't get out of bed and go to work each day; work hard to be a good parent; strive to care for your health.  You'll do all those things.  But you'll also make time for yourself to do something for yourself, pursue a cherished, heartfelt dream. 

Pursue that dream with a passion, and If you keep at it, on January 1, 2008, you'll be able to say:  'WOW, I achieved my dream' instead of, 'Oh, I don't remember where I put my list of 10 resolutions'

Hopping off my soapbox now, but you'll be hearing a lot about resolutions (again) in 2007!  Sun's out, gorgeous day - I better get off here, enjoy a little bit of the sunshine before I tackle the pile of work sitting here on my desk.  Better 'get to it'! :)

Resolutions - Day 345

Happy Holidays dear friends!  I know I've been away from my blogs of late, but had to take a break this fall.  Waaaayy too much going on, so I replaced some things on my 'Things To Do List' with naps and 'veg time'.  It paid off.  I'm raring to go in 2007.  It goes without saying that I'm looking forward to the New Year with hope and optimism.  I love the holidays, particularly January 1 - I think of that day as a new beginning of sorts.  A blank slate on which to write my story for the year.  Lots to look forward to.

I'm especially pleased by the outcome of the 2006 election.  The Democrats' victory in the House and Senate will help to restore some balance in our government.  I'm not going to get up on my soapbox tonight.  I expressed my opinions about the failed Republican Rule in Congress in October (here on my blog).  It's up to the Democrats to perform now - so many pressing issues, and not a minute to waste.  I was happy to see that the Democrats are planning a full work week - the Republicans were down to a couple days of week (which was fine with me, as I was happy that they weren't passing horrible legislation).  It's a new day and I have hope that the Democrats will do a good job.

I had a wonderful stroke of good fortune in October.  In an effort to get out and have some fun, I Kimonetook a friend to a Joan Jett Concert at the 930 Club in D.C.  We ran into some political colleagues who know Joan - they invited us to go back stage to meet her and watch the concert from that vantage point.  What fun.  I was thrilled to meet her, as I enjoy her music and admire the trail blazing role she's played for women in 'rock n roll'.  She was as nice and down-to-earth as I expected she would be. The evening was a definite gift!

I've really missed my blogs and am happy to be back tonight!  Alas it's getting late, so I better get off here.  Sheet time.  Better 'get to it'.