I love the way a new year feels…..full of promise, hope, unbroken resolutions (smile)! How many goals have each of you been planning for 2012? I promised myself that as 2011 came to a close, I would focus on what things I had accomplished, a more positive approach. Hmmm….let's reflect. What would I put on that list?
Finally achieved my goal weight after 30 years of not having done so.
Did a complete "clean sweep" of my home and cleared out EVERYTHING that did not get used.
Organized my closet to color coordinate all of the "same-size" clothes I now own (no longer ranging between four sizes, including the "someday this will fit again category).
Exercised a minimum of five out of seven days per week.
Okay, I've got to stop. I can't even make it past four on that list, since those are all huge fibs! Well, pretty much. I have not achieved my goal weight but my sister and I did join Weight Watchers recently. It's helped us focus on our new year mantra of "eat well, live well, do good." God has blessed me with a very healthy body, thus far in my life. Amazing when I think of all the crazy diets and exercise regimens I have made it endure through the years.
My doctor even made the comment last month, looking at my annual physical lab results, "If you could bottle and sell this, you would be a very wealthy woman." She explained how all my "numbers" were exactly where they should be, low when it was preferred to be low and so on.
It made me stop and really think. When we're healthy, we have a tendency to take it for granted. Having lost my dad and brother both to cancer, and helping my mom settle into a nursing home this past year as her Alzheimer's progresses, I know that health is something that can be stolen in an instant.
That being the case, I guess my New Year's resolution for 2012 will be to live a good life….as Oprah says "your best life" (and you know if Oprah says it, it has to be right). To do that, I do want to accomplish those four things on the list above (I say those every year), learn to be a better listener, friend, manager, sibling, daughter, designer…….learn to be more forgiving of what I consider to be my failures, which often is just a lack of time, but frustrating all the same when I can't "do it all."
I hope that 2012 will bring you closer to reaching all your goals and dreams. Hey! The ball just dropped in Times Square on the television - Happy New Year, everyone!