I have never been one for resolutions, but for some reason this year feels different. I am really excited about this year, I have a very good feeling about it, and I think that perhaps making resolutions could just add a little bit of spice to it.
I was going through some of my old files in my mom’s storage room the other day and found a beautiful letter from a good friend of mine that she wrote a few years ago. It inspired me to try to make a conscious effort to be more of what my friends love about me. What stood out in what she wrote was the following:
“I love that you say what you mean and you mean what you say. Thank you for being my partner in crime even when we have no opportunity to commit a felony.”
Now, she wrote a lot more and made it very poetic (it is great stuff, makes me in awe to think she wrote it all about me), but those two sentences really embrace what I want to focus on in 2009. I am a very open person, and I often voice my opinion, so this year I am going to be sure to only say what I mean to ensure that I am not making promise I cannot keep and I want to take a pause to think about what I am going to say before I say it. Also, I need to mean what I say so that I don’t make promises I cannot keep, there is so much I want to be involved in and would love to do, but there are only 24 hours in a day and only 7 days in a week, so I must remember this and plan accordingly.
As for the partner in crime part, I think that is just a natural part of being good friends with someone, so I am going to be more selective about the people I choose to spend my time with. I have already started on this, as I used to be a chronic phone call “just to catch up” with someone every week or two kind of person, but if that is all the friendship consists of then it is not really a friendship worth keeping. Not that I wouldn’t help that person out if they needed me, but if there is no particular reason for talking or meeting up with them, then no reason to force it.
I also have some simple goals I want to follow:
1. Work out a minimum of twice a week. This is easier with doing pilates once a week, so even three or four times can happen in a good week.
2. Get my American passport
3. Renew my Canadian passport
4. Get my Driver’s License. (Yes, I know. Would you believe me if I said I was 16 at heart so it is okay?)
5. Have at least $15,000 in savings by the end of the year. (Unless I go to grad school, then I am allowed to spend it)
6. Finish re-doing my book of my Grandpa’s letters so that it could be published.
I am sure I could add more, but those are the most simple to think of…..