I decided this year that I would base my New Year's Resolutions on old advice to be "healthy, wealthy and wise". (Since I already manage the early to bed and early to rise part.). I have made 3 resolutions, each one falling in one of the above mentioned categories. Here goes:
1. Healthy. This resolution goes without saying. For the past two or three years I have reaffirmed my goal and desire to be in better health. Having one major bad habit in my life (overeating, under activity), this is the area I find the most need to work on. Somehow during this past year, I have lost my way on this goal. I have managed to gain back weight I worked very hard to lose, and it has to go! Putting action to words, I am going to join Weight Watchers on line (trail for 3 months, if it doesn't work, I will go back to the meetings), and march my self back to the gym.
2. Wealth. I really don't have any desire to be "wealthy", but I would like to retire without worry someday soon (7 to 10 years). My goal for this year is to pay off some annoying bills, and reach my "emergency fund" goal. I have my husband's blessing on this goal (as well as the first goal), but since I do most of the money handling in our home, the job is mostly up to me.
3. Wise. I am an avid reader. I belong to a book club and I have several family members and friends that read books similar to what I read. The problem is I have read so many books, I cannot remember what I have read and what I have to read. Case in point is a trip I made to the library today. I checked out 8 books and ended up bringing home 2 that I realized I had already read. I was a bit rushed, knowing my husband was in the car waiting for me. . . but still. So, the point of the Wise resolution, is that I will begin a journal of the books I have read during the year, with a short commentary on my opinion of them. This way, when someone asks for a recommendation, I will be able to tell them something without fumbling around saying: " I think I read this book . . . I can't remember what it was about. . . but I think I liked it. . . .".
Now that I have committed my resolutions to "paper" so to speak, I have to act on them. I review my writing occasionally, so I will revisit this post and stay motivated to achieve these resolutions. I will report in on my progress. Wish me luck!!