Monday, January 5, 2015

New Year, New Post, New Goals (but no resolutions!)

Calvin and Hobbes comic, originally published 12/31/1989
Bill Watterson

New Year's Resolutions. You either love them or you hate them. You make them, break them, sometimes even achieve them, but every year we hear about them. Lose weight. Quit smoking. Join a gym. Don't yell at my kid as much. (good luck with that one) Start a hobby. (I highly recommend knitting!)

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My son was with his dad on New Year's Eve this year, so I went to my best friend's place to hang out with her and her kids. Had a fun dinner, drank some wine, played board games, watched the ball drop. Good times. But I noticed that over half of the commercials airing during the countdown special were obviously aimed at people who make resolutions - mostly weight loss programs, fitness centers, and dating sites (which actually seemed a little weird to me. Do people resolve to date? I mean, I'm single, but I don't know that I'd make that a resolution. But I digress - to each her own.)

From previous experience, I've learned not to bother making yearly resolutions. I never stick to them anyway, so what's the point? But this year I've decided to make some goals. Goals are always good, right? Yes, I know, a goal is like a resolution, but to me a goal is something that can be worked toward, where a resolution seems more like a rule. And I don't like rules. (What can I say, I'm a rebel.)

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I have lots of goals. Healthier life goals, money goals, knitting goals, social goals (hey, introverts need these sometimes). I'm even working on one of my goals right now- blogging more! It's something that I love to do, but I put it off and it falls to the back burner, and gets pushed off more and more until it's been 6 months since my last post. And I don't want to do that.

So, for accountability purposes, here are a few of my goals for 2015:

  • Exercise (even if it's just a little bit). Let's be realistic here - I know I'm not going to join a gym, but get on the elliptical a couple times a week, girl. Park farther away from the door in a parking lot. I know it's winter in Wisconsin and the air hurts your face. Suck it up, buttercup.
  • Get out of the house. Go to knitting group when there's not a PTO meeting. Change out of your comfy pants, go have a couple drinks and sing karaoke on those few kid-free Thursday nights. Even if it's 30+ minutes drive time each way - you know you have fun when you get there. (Also gas prices are really low right now, so take advantage of that!)
  • Knit all the things. Well, all the things that you can make out of the 113 yarns in your Ravelry stash - including enough sock yarn for 18 pairs of socks! (#operationsockdrawer) And make a sweater. You can do it.
  • Play. That little boy is growing up too fast, and one day he won't want to play with his momma anymore. Your heart will hurt a little less when you remember those Lego sets you put together for Christmas and his 6th birthday, and how excited he was the first time he beat you at Connect 4.
  • Do something you love. Every day.

Ultimately, I want all of my goals to lead to a happier life. And I think that's the best goal of all.

Do you have any goals (or resolutions, or whatever you want to call 'em) for 2015? I'd love to hear them - leave a comment!

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