Thoughts for 2008

I stopped making resolutions awhile ago. They never seemed to work out for me anyway and I would often feel like I failed too much when I made them and they didn’t work out. So, these are not resolutions – just goals/plans/hopes for 2008 🙂

Lose Weight. Yeah, I know it’s the usual new year’s resolution, but still…it’s mine, as well. I have set a couple reasonable goals – 15-20 pounds by my March 31 doctor’s appointment, another 15-20 by mid-June. I’ve started keeping track of what I eat and drinking a ton and 1/2 of water, so I should be able to do it. Heck, i KNOW I can do it, because I’ve done it before. I just seem to be lacking the motivation for the last…I don’t know…3 years 🙂

Write More. It’s hard to follow your dreams when you don’t put any effort into them. The only way I’ll get published is to step up and actually put the pen to the paper on a regular basis.

Spend Less. The less we eat out, the more money we have to do other things we want to do – travel, etc – so eating out less is a definite this year.

Scrapbook Again. I have the tools and the pictures, but haven’t even finished or really started the wedding/engagement book. Time to get on it already.

Say No. I’m bad at volunteering too much, agreeing to do too much, and spending too much time being busy. So, as strange as it sounds, I want to say No to more things and spend more time doing some of the other things I want to do, like writing and scrapbooking.

Learn More. My job is a great opportunity to learn more, and that’s not the only thing I want to do. Since I was little, I’ve wanted to learn American Sign Language, so I think this is the year to pursue that on some level. I know a couple people who are fairly fluent, and hope they will be willing to help me in my journey.

Pray Daily. My prayer life ebbs and flows, and lately it’s been doing a lot more ebbing. I want to get back into the habit of turning OFF the radio in the morning and praying on my way to work and similar, easy, ways to pray.

Be Open. “The best laid plans…” I know for all of my goals, everything can change in a heartbeat. I don’t always handle change well, so I want to work on being open and flexible more this year.

4 Comments

  1. I know I left a comment earlier, but I think Blogger must have eaten it.I thought how funny it was that our lists were so similar when your blog came up in my reader. Were we separated at birth?You actually had one on here that I meant to add, but didn’t. Stan and I have made decision after decision to eat at home more to save money. We do well for awhile, but then it fizzles out. I’m hoping that not having a night class this semester will make that plan easier.I do hope you learn ASL. I’ve wanted to learn for as long as I can remember, and it’s nice to know I’m not the only one. I have really loved learning, and it’s pretty cool to be able to sign in complete sentences!One of our goals for 2008 should also be that you and Tim and Stan and I finally meet one another!

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