Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year Resolutions

It's new year's eve.  I so wish I were on the beach at Foxy's on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands for Olde Year's Night. But I am on the prairie at Three Lakes Wildlife Management near Kenansville, Florida.

Yes, I am still very homesick for the Caribbean.  But I've forged a new life in America the past two years. 

It's warm today, so I feel very lucky and spoiled. 

I am totally amazed at all the astonishing things I've done this past year. In  2011 I managed to travel around 4 states. Amazingly in 2010, I traveled in 17 states. I do have wanderlust under my feet, I so wish I could travel more. Sell more books, get the next book on the market. Make it happen...

I'm not going to discuss my health, but needless to say, I am absolutely thrilled I woke up alive, again today!  Too many days were spent sick last year, and this year I want that to be zero. 

For my new years resolutions, I want to be kinder, nicer and far more thankful.

I want to wake up alive every day.  Not sure that counts as a resolution, but it's certainly my goal. 

Out with the negative, in with the positive. Smile more. 

Smiling, even when alone, makes one feel instantly better. So I try to grin like a fool most of my day. I don't get much done, but I feel great. 

My list of resolutions could go on and on, but let's keep it simple and reasonable. Notice I am not committing to giving up any bad habits. I've decided to focus on the idea that I do have plenty of good habits I so wish to maintain. OK, maybe a few good habits instead of plenty...   Maybe one day I will figure a way to rid myself of the bad habits and be perfect like those that think they are perfect and feel like it's their lot in life to point out my imperfections. 

Last time someone tried to verbally beat me up over my bad habits. I asked them repeatedly to change the subject. I explained that I am not perfect.  I doubt I ever will be. If they have managed to be perfect with no bad habits, then they are very lucky indeed but please stop berating me for not being perfect. 

I am not sure I want to be perfect!  It's so much more fun to be less than perfect. Then I don't feel so bad when I fail at things. 

Recently I listened to an inspirational speaker  on TV, (Joel Osteen)who was promoting the idea of ridding oneself of negative folks, to make room for more positive friends. He explained this in such a way, it really made sense. Not all people in our lives are meant to be there forever. It was something I had not realized before. Sometimes you have to let go. He said we were like a big building going up. Some people were the bricks, others were the scaffolding, just meant to be in our lives while we were under construction. 

I so hate giving up any of my scaffolding. 

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  1. I would not mind being in the Caribbean, but it is good here too:)

    Happy New Year!

  2. Happy New Year to you, and may you be able to keep all your resolutions! I haven't made any yet, but I still have about 4 hrs. to go.


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