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Archive for January 2009

I realize that January 12 is a bit late to be discussing New Year resolutions. However, I truly believe 2009 will be not just another good year, but a spectacular one filled with exciting events and milestones in my life and those of my family and friends.

I’m a believer in resolutions. The start of a new year is the perfect opportunity to reflect on life, the future, and the goals we hope to accomplish in our lives.  I don’t think we do this often enough, as we get caught up in the daily distractions that come with just living. It’s a good idea, though, to pause once in a while just to make sure we’re on track and living as best as we can.

It’s taken me this long to write about my resolutions because I wanted to be very careful to start 2009 with good, clear, achievable and meaningful goals. I didn’t want to follow the same old “lose weight” or frivolous “start wearing a bra” (thanks, Cameron Diaz) routes that so many people lay claim to each year. This year is a big one for me, and I want to do it right.

If I had to choose a theme for my resolutions, it would be wellness. I want to be good to myself — better than I’ve been to me in a long time. And yes, that does include losing weight. But it’s more than that — I want to pursue excellence. In everything I do, from my body to my job to my relationships.

And it starts with my health. I’m not proud to say that the scales have recently revealed a number higher than I’ve ever seen, or that I often stay up too late doing things that are either insignificant or can be done at a later time, like watching tv or reading. And so I’ve made a commitment to myself that I will watch what I eat, make an effort to exercise, and get more sleep. I’m about a week strong into this (although I could definitely work in more exercise) and I’ve already noticed a major difference in my energy level and my ability to focus throughout the day. These alone are big motivators, and I’m sure I’ll be even more encouraged once the numbers start dropping. My impending nuptials are also a good kick in the pants — I do want to be a fit, healthy bride.

I want to go the extra mile at work, and really start learning things that will help me succeed. I’m about to celebrate one year in my current job, and things are going well. But it’s time for the “learning curve” to end and to start feeling more comfortable in my role and etching out my own ideas.  I don’t want to be a satisfactory employee. I want to be exemplary.

Relationships. I think I do a fairly good job with this one, but one can always be a better fiancee, friend, daughter, sister, whatever. I want to speak in love and compassion, help when and where I’m needed, and give without expecting. I am blessed with a wonderful family and truly amazing friends, and I want to make sure I’m able to keep them for a long, long time.

And, ah, yes, money. This one’s easy — quit spending on unnecessary stuff. Put more in savings.

I’m excited about the future. This year holds many adventures, and I’m looking forward to them all. The hardest part will be remaining patient — it’s all going to be so good that I’ll hardly be able to wait.

Now that’s a good problem to have.

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I’ve read some ridiculous obituaries, but this opening paragraph takes the cake:

“It was on the wings of death at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, that Helen Louise Neely’s living soul took flight from Holbrook Nursing Home into the promised land of our God where there is no night.”

It would suck if death really did have wings. I hate birds.