I love a new year. I love a fresh start. I feel like I can forget about regrets, failures and/or unachieved goals of the previous year, put them in the past and start anew. I'm not throwing the proverbial baby out with the bathwater here as I do also love to ponder all the wonderful memories, accomplishments and growth from the year gone by. All of these considerations fuel my motivation for making positive changes and what better time to start than at the beginning of a year. Nothing new under the sun here, I know. I join many like-thinkers.
But, while I've been one for serious, often detailed (and, sadly, derailed) resolutions in the past, I, too, recognize the frustration that comes with falling away from or forgetting completely about whatever I've set forth that particular year. So, with that in mind, I've decided to go a little easier on myself this year. I thought I'd throw in a few more simple things I'd love to have become more habitual - like lighting some candles every day. I have a zillion of them. Why am I not lighting them? And then, I really want to quit wasting a good (candle-lit) evening in front of mindless television. Less of that, please. Additionally, my darling 8 year old granddaughter wanted a Bible for Christmas this year, partially for the purpose of bible journaling (it's a thing) with me. What a rich learning/teaching opportunity for us and I want to make a Sunday afternoon habit of that. Joining this blog will, hopefully, motivate me to get out my beloved DSLR once again and do something radical - USE it! Ever since a cell tower was constructed near our rural home and the ensueing purchase of an iPhone, well, let's just say I had to wipe some dust off the old girl. I mean, gosh, it really does take nice photos. And I want to get BETTER at taking said photos. So I'm here and I'm attempting a daily as well as a weekly photo prompt challenge. Failed the daily already as we were away for the new year and I didn't bring said DSLR with me, so missed the first day's photo...but I'm okay with that. If I take way MORE photos in 2018 than in the last couple years, I'll consider that a success! And that is how I will approach all of my resolutions.
Last, but not at all least, of course I have to throw the nod to the ever-present yearly desire to amp up the wellness. Now that I'm cough65cough years old though, I must take this more seriously. You know, I really don't care so much about the weight any more, or at least the numbers on the scale. Or the inches, or whatever. I just want to be as healthy as I can be. At the end of the day, (literally), my last resolution is: have the kind of day that ends with satisfaction, not regret. And I don't mean the satisfaction one feels after filling themselves on a big old meal. I mean the kind of satisfaction that comes from having a day filled with good, healthy choices rather than ending the day wishing I hadn't done this or that unhealthy thing. (That can apply to a lot more than just health-related choices as well.)
So that's what I'm working on this year. Off I go.