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So here we are again at the beginning of a new year and all over the social media sites you get to see people’s new resolutions for the year. My personal favorite is those people that decide to get in shape, and last 4-6 weeks, crowding up the gyms then heading thru the drive thru on the way home because they got a good workout in. I have been guilty of the typical resolutions – work out more, stop drinking so much (those were the days) and my personal favorite – no more sweets (ummm when hell freezes over!)  The funny thing about these resolutions, is that people tend to gorge on things knowing that the end of the year is almost here and there time is about to be up so they need to eat as bad as possible, drink up, smoke up and live it up. I am guilty of the typical “I will start dieting, after I have this pizza, and yummy desert and maybe just start Monday fresh so I dont have to stress out about it this weekend.” My question is: WHY WAIT on the resolution?  I no longer wait until the end of the year, but start now by signing up for that race to keep me moving, or buying that outfit and leaving it out so I have a goal to wear it at some point and I know I have something to work on.but now I am feeling like I should have some sort of resolution for the beginning of 2012… so I have decided to make a list of things that are hopefully attainable and am sharing them to make me accountable.

  1.  Get rid of the negatives in my life. There is always that one person – that is the constant doom and gloom. I am one who thinks – “Oh I can help them” – and actually no I cant, they just normally bring me down with them.
  2. Be kind to others – I used to have a little charm string  (Most likely buried in my junk drawer) that has beads on it.  The goal of this little charm was to do something nice for someone, or pay someone a compliment (find something about that person you dislike, and be sincere in your compliment) Once you had completed the task – you would move the bead to the other side. There were 5 beads to move. I carried this around with me for months and it was my little mission to move the 5 beads, and it felt good to get it done. I think now is a good time to start this back up and maybe it will rub off on others and hopefully improve my mood as well.
  3. Stop making excuses – I am queen of griping about something – but doing nothing to fix it.  I hate my job – (have you looked for another?)  These drawers are mess (why don’t you clean it up)  I want six back abs. (have you done any ab work recently?) See where this is going.. Stop complaining. Make that change this year or shut up already.
  4. Spend more quality weekend time with my family. No social media. No TV. No Iphone in my hand. 2012 will be about coloring, reading, games, going to the park, riding bikes and enjoying being together. Also making sure to visit my parents more often – I am blessed to have them in my life still – I need to take full advantage of this now

I’m sure I could come up with several more but lets be honest, the more the list grows, the less I will do. Keep it simple and make 2012 a GREAT year.  I also have a little secret as to how I know that 2012 is going to be great.  I was $hit on by a bird on New Year’s Eve.  Hello 2012 I’m ready for you.

Do you have resolutions? Have you kept them in the past?

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  1. Janet says:

    Long time lurker popping in to wish you both a Happy New Year. I love the bead idea, Karen – thanks for sharing that – and your resolutions. I don’t make resolutions anymore – instead I choose a word for the year. This year’s word is FOCUS – and I’m excited by the shiny possibilities for 2012!!
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    • Karen says:

      Hey Lurker! Thank you for your post! I also seem to lurk and will get better at actually commenting on blogs this year. Wishing you all the FOCUS in 2012!

  2. Karen – Bird shit is a sure sign of good things to come!

    This is a great list; getting rid of the negativeness is a huge one. I think it works with both what we bring to the table (postive vs. negative energy) as well as the people who we choose to surround ourselves with.

    Good luck with it all!
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  3. Jeff Irvin says:

    Hi Karen!

    Good, solid list! I never really do the resolution thingy mostly because I have the attention span of a gnat and will forget about it a couple days later. Maybe I can make one and like re-text it to myself every day!
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  4. Bob says:

    Look at the bright side… it could have been a flying pig..
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  5. Mike Ransick says:

    Nice resolution list. I agree with keeping it simple. The more I have on my list the less likely I am to do any of them. It’s kind of like keeping your “A” races in focus.

  6. funny you wrote this, I wrote something similar just the other day. WHY WAIT TILL JAN!??
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  7. Kovas says:

    No resolutions, goals! Goal-setting ideally involves establishing specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-targeted objectives. Resolutions are usually more emotionally based.
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  8. I like your comment about keeping it simple. So, um, “simple”, but so true.
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  9. misszippy1 says:

    I really don’t make resolutions, but probably should! I like your list, especially the idea of driving out the negative. We all can declutter that way.

    Best of luck with it all!
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  10. BDD says:

    I hope the both of you had a wonderful Holiday week
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  11. katie says:

    bird poop WOOHOO! lucky you!
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  12. marlene says:

    Great blog post, Karen! 2012 will be a great year for you and your family!
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