Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year's "Improvements"

What are resolutions really? In my mind, they are ways to improve upon your life in the upcoming year. I never keep resolutions, so instead I am aiming for ways to improve my life, hence New Year's Improvements.


You see this gorgeous little girl in the gray fur lined sweater? See how clear and vibrant she is? Yeah, me too! See the lady behind her...a little blurry, not as in focus? Yeah, I see her too. How can I improve upon this picture and what does it have to do with New Year's Improvements???? Well, let me tell you.

While I do make an effort to spend quality time with Paige, it could happen much more frequently. She dances soooo much and the times that she is not dancing, I try to spend time with her but it could be so much more productive.

My New Year's Improvement is to be less of a blur, as in the pic above, and be more clear and present. Starting Jan. 1st, I will ONLY get on the computer in the evenings when she is at dance. Goodness knows that if I can't get my FB or blog fix in during those hours then I have a real problem. I want to spend time talking, cooking, praying, reading, playing games, etc...with my family.

Life goes by in the blink of an eye and I don't want to look back and have regrets. If I were to leave this earth today and I think it would be fair to say that I am not living the way God would intend me to or how I want to. So, family FIRST!

Another New Year's Improvement is going to be my overall health. Physical, emotional, spiritual health. I have plans for all three.

Physical plan: I am rejoining WW. It is the only way I lose weight. I am also joining a local church's gym with my mom. We are going to walk while Paige dances. This will also help she and I to spend quality time together. I am going to make and go to doctor's appointments. I have a tendency to cancel appointments, because I am "too busy". Yeah right!

Emotional plan: I will NOT be around or entertain others who have a negative attitude. I won't, I won't, I WON'T!!! There are too many people in my life who have a glass half empty mentality. They are only hurting themselves, but ultimately, they bring me down, too. I am going to surround myself with people who genuinely are happy and care about my feelings. I am not going to be the "dumpster" that I have been in the past and listen to everyone's problems and feel like I have to carry them as mine. NOPE, not going to do it. I love my friends and am here for them wholeheartedly and will stand by their side, but I also have trials and tribulations and for crying out loud, they can listen, too!!!

Spiritual plan: I am going to set out to read the Bible in one year. I am going to use the plan that several of my friends have. I am soooo excited, but a little nervous about this. I think I can do it, though! I am stoked!

I am going to purchase more books and read for pleasure. I am going to learn more about my camera. I am going to plan a big trip for the summer. I am going to enjoy all that 2011 has to offer.

BRING IT ON!!!! Out with the old and in with the new!

Happy New Year, Friends~!


Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Sounds like you are ready for the new year! I think all of your improvements sound GREAT! Focus on yourself this year and the loved ones that surround you...... that is what is really important!

Luv Ya!! Happy New Year my friend!



Where is the big trip? I hope you are still planning to head this way come Spring!

Joe and Jane said...

You have LOTS of plans! I wish you the best on them!

So far, my only plan is to start playing piano again (it has only been over 20 years!)

Happy new year!

MandM Mommy said...

What an awesome post! I am definitely trying to do some of things that you listed as well.
Still working on my "list.

Happy almost New Year!

Gail said...

I love how you call them 'improvements' instead of resolutions. Resolutions tend to get broken. Your plans for the new year are all positive and well thought out, Missy. And very attainable. :)

You are a half full kinda person and that's one of the things I love about you Missy!

Happy New Year! I hope 2011 is all that you hope for!!!

hugs from Gail :)

My Little Monkey said...

Woo Hoo..... I am inspired by this post of yours. I would be happy to support you in any way on this venture especially since your whole plan sounds like it should be mine.

Happy New Year 2011 ~ the year of improvements

amazeingteacher said...

I could say 'ditto' to your goals! I'm not sure if I'll re-join WW or not, but I'm definitely considering it. like you, i'm tired of being around negative people and i'm also hoping to read the bible all the way through.

cheers, friend! good luck with your goals!!!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Missy, I think these are excellent improvements! Focusing more on yourself and your family will only bring clarity to your lives. Happy New Year to you and yours! May it be an EXCELLENT one!

3 Peanuts said...

Missy these all sound GREAT! I am excited for you to read the Bible. I KNOW you can do it!!!! If I can, anyone can. I am going to pray for you to stick with it. really, I am praying RIGHT now....


Jboo said...

Great list! I love these and plan to copy you -- that's ok, right!

You have the sweetest heart!

Am guessing that your big trip is a road trip to Nebraska -- am I right!?! :)

Happy New Year!

Christine said...

OK, I love this post. Love it! And I *adore* that you are using the term "improvements" ... I may need to borrow that as I struggle to come up with my list. Happy New Year!

Colleen said...

Fabulous "improvements." I'll bet you can achieve them all.

Perhaps this time next year you'll post a picture of yourself standing next to Paige (not behind her) and you'll be clear as a bell!

Norah said...

Sounds like a great plan and if anyone can do, it's YOU!