Wednesday, December 29

resolutions …

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After a bout with a blizzard and some post Christmas sickness in the house, I am back.   Christmas was wonderful – we had a great time with family.   So now, it’s that time of year when we start focusing on resolutions.   Which made me think of last year’s resolutions  and how I did.     Here is the run down:

1.  To be present in everything I do.  Enjoy the moment.  (I think I did better on this one than in the past, but I do need to work on it more.) 

2.  Simplify my home.  (I got rid of some things, stored others I wasn’t using often, and found homes for some things.  But I have a long way to go on this.) 

3.  Be more creative … (I was definitely slack on this one! I never did pick up a paintbrush like I wanted to.)

4.  Work on improving my relationships with others.  (I think to be fair, I have to ask my family how I did on this one!)

5.  Finish things around the house.  (I didn’t do too well on this one!) 

6.  Get more of all the good things in life – the intangibles, I mean.  Not stuff!   (I think we did OK here)

7.   Continue with volunteer work.  (I did do some volunteering, but I can do more.)

8.   Healthier eating.  (I did better here than in the past, (unless you count July.  oops!) but not as well as I would have liked to.  Overall, I did lose a little weight, ended the year thinner than I started, and I am definitely doing better than I was.) 

9.   Become a better gardener.  (I did plant herbs, and killed them, except for basil, which is apparently hard to kill.  No, though, I did not become a better gardener.) 

10.  Become a more inspired and inspiring blogger. (I hope so!  I have definitely been inspired by all of the amazing things I see here on the web!)

11.   Work on building my business so that I can contribute more to my family.  (Nope, I’m pretty much in the same place as last year. But at least I’m not worse off.)

12.   Travel more … (Not much travel at all.  Maybe 2011 will be the year?) 

13.   Try to find a way to make an income from my creative side… (Nope. Though people have asked me to photograph their kids, or make a cake, I have a hard time charging friends. I’ve given a lot of stuff away though.) 

14.    Learn something new … a new skill, craft, project, language …. (Nope on this one too.) 

15.   Let the small stuff go and learn to shed the stresses in life … (I did better on this.) 

16.   Try to be happy everyday.  (I think I did better on this one too.)

17.  Finally try Yoga.   (I did it!!! )

18.  Try to make this year the best yet.  (I think overall, it was a great year.) 

So there you have it.  2010’s resolutions.  I think I should have kept checking back through the year, and I didn’t do that.  Maybe in 2011 that will be a goal.   So how about you? Did you stick to your resolutions? 

Wishing each of you a Happy Healthy New Year, filled with good health, family, friends, prosperity, faith, and hope. 

Best, always,



  1. I loved reading your list! I haven't thought much about next year but I do know that I want to get back to normal. No moving, no thinking about moving, and doing things that I use to when I lived in Florida. I am sad to say that that is the last time that I felt really happy. No with my husband or son but just with my every day life. These two moves have consumed us and put a lot of stress on us and I want things to be normal again.

    I like your first sentence about being present. That might be my word for the year!

    Happy New Year.

  2. i need to go back to last year for my blog post about this and check. i am sure it didn't do well. i always have grand intentions.

  3. Congrats on making such good progress on your resolutions! Your list would have been daunting to me, but you did great! Happy New Year!

  4. I loved seeing your resolutions and the status, Stephanie. If it's any consolation to you, my basil plant is about to die. :o\ Will have to start over on that one in the spring. I do have some cilantro and a rosemary plant that are doing quite well.

    I haven't written any new year resolutions in forever, though they'd be the same every year - chill out and don't sweat the small stuff, and be healthier and more active. But, I get excited about stuff, and I love chocolate and sitting on my tail doing crafts. So there you have it! :o)

  5. HI Stephanie
    I think the fact that you made a list is pretty darn good!!! and being aware is probably the best motivator for change... and seems you've got that nailed!! I think I'd like a few more of those intangibles.... which is a funny thing for a Taurean.. we are so darn stuck on our tangibles!! haha.. I did though lose 15kgs due to my insulin diet!!! So.. I know i have at least lost some baggage as I venture into the new year!!

    Take care.. and if I don't see you beforehand.. have a wonderful New Year's Eve.. and thanks for your friendship this year.. You are definitely one of the good guys in this world!! ciao xxx Julie

  6. Stopping by to wish you a very Happy New Year...and after reading your resolutions all I can think is that each and every one could be MINE!:)

  7. That is a great list!
    Also, it's worth noting that I can't grow basil to save my life....and it's my very favorite herb. So I think you need to give yourself credit in the gardening category.
    Have a Happy New Year!

  8. i love that you looked at your goals from last year! i'm thinking about how i want 2011 to change. thanks for sharing! happy new year!! susan

  9. I enjoyed reading how well you did on your last years resolutions. I do not make them anymore. I just take one day at a time and make the best of it.

  10. My resolution is not to make resolutions! I'm a rebel. My one continual goal is to enjoy the moment. I do that in the garden much of the time. So if you ever need any help, I'm here! Happy New Year!

  11. Found your blog through your comment on Karen's and I love your resolution list! These are really great goals. In fact I need to steal about 95% of them to work on for myself! Thank you for the inspiration.