Year after year, since I was an early teenager I have made and broken more resolutions. They started simple and impossible at the same time. Resolutions Â like be nicer to my brother, not to drink so many cokes, get more exercise, etc… They progressed to keep my house cleaner, loose the extra pounds, be more careful with my money, and the list is endless.Â I am sure that you have done this as well.
Here are my New Year’s promises to myself and my loved ones that I hope areÂ measurableÂ and able to graph or chart. Of course the deeply personal ones I am not going to list on the internet for everyone to read! :0) But I will share the others with you.
1. Â To read the three non-fiction books about internet marketing that my DH. has bought and are sitting around the house. Yes, they are technical books about twitter, blogging, and marketing but there has to be some good in there that I will share with you! I hate reading non-fiction so this will be the medicine in the whole picture. I would rather eat parsnips (which I personally loath) than read a technical book. He is an engineer so I am sure you get the picture of the kind of book he would buy.
2. To blog on a moreÂ consistentÂ basis, Maybe nothing more than a few pictures of what I am currently working on but fun things to share at least three times a week.
3. To continue the Eat to live variation of dietary changes we are pursuing to fight the fibromyalgia and arthritis that I currently live with. Â The side benefit of loosing weight is always a good thing, which means shopping and new clothes! How can I not smile at that :0).
4. To increase my product line to include different kinds of items that still carry the Chocolate Dog Studio look!
5. To continue to promote my home state of Oklahoma and to show off our creative people and products.
6. To do better record keeping for my business!
7. Â To do a craft show and maybe three or four.
Ok that is the business promises.
Since like you I wear several hats here are my personal and family goals.
1. to do a better job at recycling at our house
2. to have family nights once a week for those that can be here! Our teens are working and their schedules and social lives interfere with this on a regular basis.
3. to help them to keep their schoolwork organized much better (yes, we home school!)
4. to think of myself as an artist and to get over my selfÂ consciousnessÂ of using that label. Yes, I create artsy things and art encompasses a large variety of Â items. Surely there is room for me and the things I create in the art world.
5. to garden more and spend more time outside
6. to make things beautiful, again. I guess that this would mean cutting down on clutter, cleaning, sorting, organizing, rearranging and sharing things with others. Things have fallen into disrepair the last two or three years before diagnosis.
7. to find a way to share my gifts with others in a way that is tangible to me. Hmmm, what does this mean? Â I believe that God created us and knows our gifts so He must have a way for me to share my gifts with those around me. As these giftings evolve and change according to the seasons of our lives, I think what we share with others also changes and evolves.
8. to find ways to tangibly show love and appreciation for those that my life touches. Another way to put that would be to appreciate those around me and show that appreciation in ways that they will find special, meaningful and encouraging.
9. Â To do a better job at planning for everyday living. Quite simply this means to do what it takes to keep the house organized, laundry done, people and pets fed and me reasonably rested and cheerful. This is a juggling act as I am still learning to live with some limitations. It will mean saying no and yes, keeping scheduled with our activities and preparing for the future weeks when I feel good. Things like bulk cooking or once a month cooking, shopping lists prepared with menus in mind, short cut cooking, keeping the kids working on their chores to cut down on the daily chaos that living with three dogs, four kids and four different work schedules (possibly five) and four different drivers can do to a family. Wow, that makes me tired just thinking about it.
10. to keep the family calendar updated and running in full view of everyone.
AH HA, I made it to ten, so I can stop now because you and I know the list is endless.
Now off to accomplish something so that the New Year actually comes in with a good hot meal and reasonable clean clothing! lol
What are you resolutions or promises to yourself and your family? Care to share them with me.