Tuesday, January 02, 2007

I resolve . . .

that as soon as this Christmas candy is all gone I'm going to start eating healthy—or something—maybe—probably . . .

New Year's resolutions are easy to make and hard to keep, so I don't make them too often anymore. Four years ago Beth and I resolved to start walking at least 3 times a week. We usually walk 5 times a week and this week begins Year 5. I think it is the New Year's resolution I have kept the longest.

But January is a good time to nudge my good intentions. And maybe if I write them down here and make them public I will be more likely to follow through. So these are some changes I'd like to make in my life:

  • I want to stop worrying. Nothing big, just general fretting, obsessing over "what ifs" in the middle of the night, fussing—worrying. Not sure how that will happen, but I'm working on it. I don't know where this habit of worry came from—life, I guess, but I do know by now, that worrying changes nothing and is an incredible waste of energy.
  • Pay more attention to being healthy. Eat healthy. Continue to walk and even increase the amount of exercise I am getting. My first grandchild will be born in less than three months. I want to see her graduate from college and dance at her wedding.
  • Get more sleep. Which actually means, turn off the computer and go to bed at a decent hour. 11 pm seems reasonable. I have always been a night owl, but it just isn't working that well for me anymore. Incredibly, even though I may be dead on my feet, it is hard to break that late night habit.
  • Use the many sketchbooks I own more consistently. I know that drawing is a skill that requires constant practice and drawing is essential to the things I love doing.
  • Find a really comfortable pair of shoes. That's not so much a resolution as it is a life quest. I just bought my first, ever, pair of Birkenstocks. Maybe they will be the ones. (I've said that before.)

Now I guess I better get busy on that Christmas candy so that I can move on. Really, I'm down to the dregs—nuts and hard peppermints mostly, but the maple sugar Santa Claus is almost too pretty to eat. I'm saving him for last, but his days are numbered.

Gotta go—it's my (new) bedtime!


  1. They seem like good resolutions! Hope 2007 is an excellent year for you Terry.

  2. I hope you can keep your resolutions. I too have more exercise but that is a hard one. You are lucky to have a walking partner. My DIL got a dog that she has to walk but here in the country Simba can walk himself. I also relate to the issue of shoes. I have a bunion so most shoes don't fit well. I dream of great hiking boots comfortable for walking miles and miles.

  3. they sound like good ideas, except the chocolate one...didn't I read somewhere that chocolate is GREAT for your health...no? Oh rats!
    You don't know what you've started with your "seeing faces"!!! My family are seeing them EVERYWHERE :)

  4. Try Keen's, they're wonderful. I was "introduced "to them by DebR at "A Stitchintime" a couple years ago when this blog list just was getting started.

  5. I have never known anyone who is more of a night owl than you. Oh, I have known lots of folks who kept late hours but that was until they hit 40 or so. You, on the other hand, have just remained one. I am glad you have resolved to get more sleep. I won't feel like such a slacker.

    Try some Josef Seibel's for regular shoes. They are very comfortable.

  6. give the birky's some time to mold themselves to your feet before wearing them outside for longer periods of time....I wear mine a lot and they're wonderful...

  7. Anonymous1:53 PM

    I absolutely second Carla's nomination for Josef Seibels. I swear I have one pair that is therapeutic. Not only can I stand in my kitchen for 8 hours running (now, that only happens a couple times a year!) and avoid a backache if I wear them, but if I GET a backache and put them on? It goes away. I swear.

  8. These mostly sound like mine! Except I will swap the shoes for "get a better haircut!"

  9. We still have candy left over from Halloween. It needs to make its way to the trash! Wonderful resolutions! I can't wait to hear about the grandbaby!

  10. less worry (check), more sleep (check) ... I am board with your resolutions!