I usually make my new year's resolutions on my birthday because that is the start of MY new year.
The resolutions are usually the same (lose weight, ride my bicycle more, etc.) with one new one added every year(no texting while driving was last year's). This year I was so busy becoming a Spark person that I did not consciously make any resolutions. But I made some lifestyle changes (eating breakfast and not drinking Diet Coke) that could have gone under that moniker.
So now at 3:00 a.m. on New year's Eve, I have decided to deal with the New Year's resolution issue and put it to rest so that I can put myself back to rest and grab some more sleep before dawn breaks.
My first thought was to make only one resolution and for that to be: I resolve to be healthier and happier in 2010! But then I realized that happiness is a slippery slope because I am very happy at times when I am engaged in unhealthy activities. As evidenced by pictures of my smiling mug hanging in a few Pittsburgh area bars. So here is my ONE RESOLUTION: I resolve to be healthier in 2010!
That was easy. But what about goals? My new friend EBIDOS, who looks fabulous in a pic taken on my birthday BTW, told me about a motivational book she read in which the author said that essentially, goals and motivation boil down to one thing - priorities. It was with that thought in mind that I chose to make health a priority over happiness in my resolution. And isn't it nice knowing that if I am healthy, I will surely be pretty happy.
Here are my 5 goals for 2010:
1. To get my weight down to 176 and keep it there. When that third beer is calling my name, I will ask myself what should take priority, another beer or getting to the weight that will allow me to be healthier, look better, and run faster, longer and stronger?
2. To run across the Grand Canyon on 10-10-10 celebrating my turning 60 and demonstrating that that turning of the calendar does not make me old. A sub-goal is to run back the same day completing the R2R2R (Rim to Rim to Rim) challenge but going across one way would be enough to make me happy.
3. To be healthier in mind as well as body, adding some quality reading to the mystery reading I have primarily done over recent years. This is underway already as I am reading the book Serena (I know Serena_Dove's real name is not Serena but she gets credit for me picking up this book) by Ron Rash. It was a Pen/Faulkner finalist for fiction and is very good.
4. To be a better person. Whatever the heck that means.
5. To make family more of a priority. Thanks to Up In The Air for this one.
All of my usual resolutions (cooking more, swearing less, etc.) can easily fit into one of these goals. And with all of my motivational SparkFriends, I think I can make 2010 a super year! I am determined to do so! Plus, HICALGAL would not allow it to be otherwise! Rather than run through my Friends list with praises for all individually (such as Yoovie is so groovy) let me just say that if I have added you as a Sparkfriend, I have done so because you have motivated me or inspired me in some way and for that I sincerely thank you and wish you a Happy New Year!